Student Media Welcomes Palestinian IREX Fellow

Please join Student Media in welcoming Sahar Sarsour, a visiting fellow from Palestine, to the Mason community! Sahar is currently participating in Community Solutions, a leadership development program that helps place visiting fellows with host institutions in the United States in partnership with IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board). IREX works closely with the U.S. Department of State and is an international nonprofit organization “providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally.”

Sahar joined Student Media in early August and brings with her a wealth of experience teaching English as a second language, training aspiring journalists, translating news reports, and working with marginalized youth to meet the local needs of her community. As a Project Manager for Press House-Palestine, Sahar has experience managing media projects that present capacity-building, advocacy, networking, media, and documentation activities to young journalists.

During her fellowship with Student Media, Sahar hopes to learn how to better support women’s issues in her society. She also hopes to learn how to create a platform for journalists to effectively and objectively express their messages and practice democracy and a culture of peace. Upon returning to Palestine, Sahar plans to empower a culture of gender equality by holding a conference to bring together media and human rights organizations. She also plans to start two new capacity-building units in Press House to help journalists improve their English language skills, and to teach them to defend their rights based on human rights concepts.

Student Media Alumnus Receives Pulitzer Prize

Student Media staff were thrilled to hear a familiar name when this year’s winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced in mid-April: former Broadside Photo Editor Thomas LeGro!

Congratulations to Tom on this amazing career achievement!
From the Mason Newsdesk:

“Thomas (Tom) LeGro, BA English ’98, MFA Creative Writing ’01, didn’t necessarily plan a path into journalism.

But his passion for writing and creating eventually led him to The Washington Post, where he is a senior producer for video. LeGro was part of The Washington Post’s team that revealed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged past sexual harassment of teenage girls and the subsequent efforts to undermine the reporting that exposed it.

The team won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for their combined text and video entry, which included video of a confrontation between Post journalists and a false accuser working for Project Veritas.

During his undergraduate years, LeGro worked as a photo editor for the Broadside, the predecessor to Mason’s Fourth Estate student newspaper, where he enjoyed the newsroom camaraderie and introduction to the world of journalism.”

Read the full article on Mason’s homepage:

Volition Partners with House Studios on Open Mic Event

Photos courtesy of Lean/House Studios

Volition, Mason’s undergraduate literary and arts journal, recently partnered with House Studios, a Grammy Award-winning multimedia company, to host a very special Open Mic Night to showcase the talents of Mason students and promote the arts scene on campus. Billed as a “music industry night,” the event offered students a chance to perform for recording professionals and appreciate the creativity of their fellow Patriots.

Over 130 attendees and performers turned out on Thursday, March 8th, for an evening of live performances including original music, poetry, spoken word, rap, a cappella, and standup comedy in the Johnson Center Bistro. In addition to a diverse set of Mason performers, three artists signed to the House label — Mannywellz, Luke James Shaffer, and Sydney Franklin — performed songs from their current albums. Listen to WGMU Radio’s exclusive in-studio interviews with Manny and Luke over at

Volition has been a showcase for emerging artists for over 20 years and currently publishes a print issue featuring original creative work submitted by Mason students every semester (click here to read the most recent issue). As a living complement to their print work, Volition hosts two Open Mic Nights per semester that provide a platform for students with aspirations in the performing arts to share their creations and experience the works of other artists.

Special thank you to Daniel Strauch and Jake Grotticelli from House Studios for helping make this event possible! Many thanks also to Mannywellz, Luke James Shaffer, and Sydney Franklin for sharing their time and talents with the Mason community.

Check back for more Volition Open Mic Night events in Fall 2018!


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