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March 19, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT: Nick Massella
(202) 994-3087; massella@gwu.edu

GW'S PRIME MOVERS PROGRAM RECEIVES $1,500 GIFT FROM RADIO-TELEVISION NEWS DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION D.C. AREA CHAPTER

Contribution to be Used for High School Student Training and Purchase of Production Equipment

WASHINGTON - The George Washington University's Prime Movers Program recently received a gift of $1,500 from the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of the Radio-Television News Directors Association to help purchase broadcast equipment and train students producing local high school radio and television programs.  The Prime Movers Program is a partnership between Washington-area news media and local high schools in collaboration with GW's School of Media and Public Affairs.  Its goal is to provide journalism education and hands-on training in minority and diverse high schools. 

"When students interested in journalism receive training and broadcast equipment needed to support their media projects, they are given a real voice to show and tell their stories both inside and outside of the classroom," said Dorothy Gilliam, director of GW's Prime Movers Program.  "We are grateful to the RTNDA D.C. chapter for its gift and will continue to work in partnership with area high schools to encourage further appreciation of our treasured First Amendment."

Joel Albert, president of the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of the Radio-Television News Directors Association said, "After learning about the Prime Movers Program, our board members felt compelled to do something good with extra money we had at the end of the year.  Our chapter hopes this gift can help these students build the communication skills that are so important to succeed in the media field."

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Prime Movers Program joins veteran journalists with students from minority or diverse high schools in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to share information about the journalism profession.  Journalists from National Public Radio, Congressional Quarterly Weekly, Newsweek Magazine, and WJLA-TV (ABC 7) have been paired with students at McKinley Technology High School, Cardozo High School, Friendship Edison Collegiate Academy, and Cesar Chavez Public Charter School.  Prime Movers, an initiative within GW's School of Media and Public Affairs, also has partnered with USA Today and the American Society of Newspaper Editors to strengthen journalism programs at C.D. Hylton Senior High School and West Potomac High School in Northern Virginia.

The GW School of Media and Public Affairs is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program based in the heart of Washington, D.C., where media, public affairs, and politics intersect.  The school's undergraduate and graduate programs combine elements of strategic communication, journalism, and political communication with contemporary issues in domestic and international politics.

For more information on GW's School of Media and Public Affairs, visit www.gwu.edu/~smpa.

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