Student Media is an office of University Life.
Office Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm
The Largest Classroom on Campus
Student Media is dedicated to providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for students who aspire to a career in media production or journalism, as well as those who simply wish to pursue a creative passion or hobby.
With over 60 computers, 4 state-of-the-art audio and video studios, a bustling newsroom, and 16 sections of 1-credit co-curricular workshops, Student Media is a unique learning environment for Mason students to learn new skills and practice their craft by producing content that is seen by their peers, professors, and community.
Our students typically start working with us during their freshman year and stay involved for their entire Mason career — pursuing higher levels of responsibility or discovering talent in areas they had not previously explored. Many students also find that their experience with Student Media transforms their resume and uniquely prepares them for high-profile internships and post-graduation success. Our students’ recent undergraduate internships include Wolf Trap, The Washington Post, Gannett/USA Today, and ABC-7 (just to name a few). Student Media alumni currently hold positions with CBS, ABC, ESPN, the United States Congress, and various media companies and affiliates across the country.
The Voice of the Student Body
Student Media serves as the voice of the student body and publishes exclusive content in print, online, and over the air. The home of over 12 unique student-run media groups that include Mason’s official newspaper (Fourth Estate), radio station (WGMU Radio), and television network (Mason Cable Network), Student Media provides the university community with original news and entertainment that can’t be found anywhere else.
In addition to daily newspaper, radio, and television content, Student Media also publishes several magazines (Freshman Focus, Outlier, The Forge), the Mason yearbook (GMView), two undergraduate literary journals (Volition, The George Mason Review), and three graduate literary journals (The Hispanic Culture Review, So to Speak, Phoebe) that showcase creativity and scholarship from across the curriculum. These publications offer all Mason students the opportunity to submit original works for publication in a variety of mediums and topics from creative writing to academic research to fine art to cultural identity to feminist theory.
The George Mason University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is also part of the Student Media family. SPJ members plan and host media panels and professional development events throughout the year and take field trips to Washington, DC each semester.
onMason.com is an online blogging platform created and hosted by Student Media that is free for Mason students, faculty, and staff.
Mason Votes is a non-partisan political news website that provides a space for students to learn about the issues and candidates while engaging in dialogue about how to address the challenges facing America and the world.
Unique Opportunities to “Find Your Niche”
Student Media prides itself on helping students find their niche at Mason while they build career-ready skills in our experiential learning environment. With over 800 students from 45+ different majors involved, we understand the need to meet students where they are and customize their experience based on skill level, time availability, and aspirations.
In addition to our editorships, group leader, and regular staff positions (a mix of paid, volunteer, and for-credit), any Mason student has the opportunity to contribute their work for publication, sign up for one of our 1-credit co-curricular courses, participate in a focus group, attend professional development workshop, or simply support their peers as a loyal audience member.
Whether it’s our live sports broadcasting program, a bilingual (Hispanic Culture Review) literary journal, a non-partisan political website (MasonVotes.gmu.edu), a magazine created by and for freshmen (Freshman Focus), or an undergraduate research journal (The George Mason Review), Mason’s Student Media program has something for everyone and is unique among state and national peer institutions in both variety and depth.