Hilltop on the Hill 2013

Eight students are in Washington, D.C., in October 2013 as part of SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The students will visit media and government sites, and meet with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. The trip is led by Rita Kirk, professor of communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility; Sandra Duhé, chair of communication studies, associate professor and director of the Meadows School’s public relations program; and Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions, the presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit.

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How the media make memories that last

white houseAn update from Sasha, a senior majoring in corporate communications in Meadows School of the Arts and Spanish in Dedman College:

It is incredible the way our memories work. We can spend hours in a classroom hearing the same thing over and over again and still never be able to recall that information, but it only takes a split second looking at an image of two flaming towers in New York to forever remember a moment of terror.

The news is one of those things that create memory for us. How is it that we hardly remember what was in the Dallas Morning News this morning, but we can tell you all about Monica Lewinsky or OJ Simpson? The way things are presented to us affects how they will impact us, and whether or not they will remain with us. Walking through the Newseum we were able to get a glimpse of the moments in history that, while in and of themselves were unforgettable, were made into lasting memories because of the way they were displayed by the media.

Journalism and the news have evolved incredibly in such a short period of time. It was remarkable walking through the “News through Time” exhibit and seeing news dating as far back as the 15th century. In a simple, yet captivating manner the Newseum inspires us and shows us multiple perspectives of the past.

This six-story contemporary-looking building was filled with statues, exhibits, paintings, projections – monuments and dedications to the past to teach us about the future.

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