Guest Speaker: Journalist Peter Copeland

Student Media was proud to welcome author and journalist Peter Copeland as a special guest speaker on Friday, October 11th. His latest book, Finding the News: Adventures of a Young Reporter, was a perfect jumping-off point for a fascinating and thoughtful group discussion about journalism’s past and future with student editors and staff.

Copeland’s extensive work with newspapers, wire services, magazines, cable television networks, broadcast television stations, and digital platforms made him the perfect guest speaker to share career insights and inspiring stories with our aspiring media professionals. Throughout his 40-year career Copeland served as Washington bureau chief of the E.W. Scripps Company, editor and general manager of Scripps Howard News Service, a Pentagon correspondent, a foreign correspondent based in Mexico City, and a night police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago, just to name a few.

Click here to learn more about Peter Copeland and his new book.

Many thanks to Peter Copeland and #FallfortheBook!

Student Media Celebrates Constitution Day 2019

Photo by Mohammad Abdallah Khamis Alyakhri

Student Media was proud to help the Mason Nation observe Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. 232 years ago, on September 17th, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the United States Constitution and American democracy as we know it was born. George Mason famously refused to sign the Constitution (1 of 3 dissenters), insisting that the document didn’t go far enough to secure individual liberties like freedom of religion, speech, and the press. His advocacy on those “inherent rights” eventually led to the adoption of the first 10 amendments and earned him the nickname of Father of the Bill of Rights.

Mason’s 2019 Constitution Day celebration included an appearance by George Mason himself who passed out free pocket Constitutions to the first 100 students and asked trivia questions about the document. Student Media was proud to partner with Student Government who helped distribute pocket Constitutions and Contemporary Student Services who co-hosted a catered luncheon for students in The Hub.

Many thanks to our partners and volunteers!

Test your First Amendment knowledge with a quiz from the Student Press Law Center at

Explore the Interactive Constitution and learn more about the drafting of the U.S. Constitution at



MCN Sports Now Live Streaming on ESPN+

Mason Cable Network’s Sports Broadcasting Team produces over 100 live streams each year through a partnership with Mason Athletics. Students handle all aspects of the production, including writing scripts, doing play-by-play and color commentary, handling tech services and working the cameras.

ESPN+ began carrying Student Media broadcasts of select A-10 sports (men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and lacrosse) in the fall of 2018.

“Having these broadcasts published on ESPN really makes this feel professional,” said Natalie McCarthy, a senior sport management major. “You have a bigger incentive to make sure everything looks good and is done just right.”

And, of course, she added, “It looks really good on a résumé.”

Click here to read more from Mason News.

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