Manship in D.C. will immerse students in the political culture of the nation’s capital


Manship in D.C. will immerse students in the political culture of the nation’s capital and provide a behind-the-scenes look at how D.C.’s mass communication operates in the context of American history, culture, and democracy. The course being taught will be MC 4971 media & politics in the nation’s capital.


The course’s readings and lectures will be mirrored by the fieldtrips the class will take weekly. Possible fieldtrip sites include:

  • 4th of JulyUnited States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Gettysburg National Military Park and Museum
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • Newseum
  • White House


Students will also have the opportunity to visit Capital Hill, various D.C. news bureaus, and the White House. These trips will highlight the historic and contemporary operations of the media, from war correspondents in WWII, Gettysburg, and Syria to congressional correspondents to the state-of-the-art NPR Washington offices.


The program will feature field trips and guest speakers who are mass communication professionals. Guest speakers will include:

  • Andy Alexander (former Washington Post ombudsman and Cox Newspapers Washington bureau chief)
  • Tom Rosenstiel (Executive Director of the American Press Institute and Founder of the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism)
  • Rob Rehg (Edelman Regional President)
  • Charles E. Cook, Jr. (Publisher, The Cook Political Report)


Program Fee Includes:

  • Housing in studio-style, on-campus apartments at George Washington University
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Housing: the apartments consist of a single open room with a combined space for living, sleeping, and dining. Each apartment has a kitchenette and private bathroom. You will need to provide your own bedding and any kitchen supplies you will want/need. The apartments have wifi available.
  • Meals: you can prepare meals in your apartment or dine at one of the many inexpensive restaurants within walking distance of the housing.


Program Fee Does NOT Include:

  • LSU Tuition and Fees
  • Airfare and transportation
  • Spending money


Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU. The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana. If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.


Airfare and Transportation: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare. Your Program Director will let you know when you should purchase airfare. You should not purchase a ticket until you are told to do so. Roundtrip flights between Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C. are estimated at $500.


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