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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New age of news reporting

An update from Elena, a senior majoring in corporate communications in Meadows School of the Arts and business in the Cox School of Business:

As a D.C. first-timer, I found that the Hilltop on the Hill experience exceeded all of my expectations. Communications majors fill a wide variety of positions around the city. Our group had the pleasure of interacting with highly ranked executives.

One of the people we met was Dave Levinthal, a senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity.  Visiting with him at the Center for Public Integrity reignited my belief in unbiased, fact-based reporting.  Levinthal is an inspiration for any individual interested in news devoted to the truth.  The Center for Public Integrity hopefully is just the beginning of a trend toward nonprofit, transparent reporting.

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