College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Beth Jannery

Beth Jannery

Beth Jannery

Instructor, Journalism Concentration Coordinator, Director; Journalism and Sport Communication Minors

Fake News, Media Literacy, Freedom of the Press, First Amendment Rights, Investigative Journalism, Data Journalism, Crisis Reporting, Ethics and Journalism, Wellness and Recovery, Storytelling, Social Media, Writing, Multimedia Journalism, iPhone Reporting, Smartphone Reporting, Media

Beth Jannery was recently featured in The Washington Post for her work combating fake news and advocating for media literacy. She has been in the communication field for twenty-five years. She is the Director of the Journalism Program at George Mason University, which consists of the Journalism Minor, the Sports Communication Minor and the Journalism Concentration within the Department of Communication.

She strongly believes in journalism education, media literacy, ethics in journalism and combating the fake news epidemic and advocating for freedom of the press. 

She teaches journalism courses full-time and is a former journalist who covered the Pentagon. She is author of the journalism and communication textbook What’s the Story? The Art of Writing & Communication (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2nd Edition pending publication 2018). Professor Jannery is also the Faculty Advisor for GMU's Society of Professional Journalists

 Jannery is a Media Consultant available for news outlets, speaking and training. Feel free to follow Jannery on Twitter: @beth_jannery or add her on Facebook: 

Jannery was the Communication Officer for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She was an editor for Inside Washington’s Inside and Navy and she’s written for the Journal of Electronic Defense, Inside the Pentagon, SeaPower magazine and Proceedings magazine (U.S. Naval Institute), Satellite Orbit and Satellite TV magazines, and Personal Excellence and Leadership Excellence magazines. Her areas of expertise included: the defense budget, directed energy warfare, the Revolution in Military Affairs, military roles and missions and the Defense Department’s Strategic Vision, and the United States Navy and Marine Corps.

Jannery is a member of the Advisory Board for The Washington Journalism and Media Conference. She is on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition, Jannery is the Faculty Liaison for The Insight Committee for the Department of Communication. 

Beth Jannery is author of The Admiral's Daughter and Finding Grace Again. She has written several non-fiction books in the Simple Grace book series including: Simple Grace: Living a Meaningful Life. Jannery contributed to Deborah Tannen’s New York bestseller: You're Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation. Her interviews were based on modes of communication between mothers and daughters. 

Jannery started her journalism career with an internship at 21 for CNN's Investigative Reporting Unit. She went to Boston University for graduate school, earning an MA in Broadcast Journalism. She worked for the largest English-language newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand called The Nation. In Bangkok she wrote feature articles and covered politics. She was on the first writing/producing team for Southeast Asia's Face the Nation and Good Morning Thailand. She taught writing and communication for American University in DC and Marist College in New York. Jannery lives in Northern Virginia and has two daughters, Skye and Tess, and a golden retriever named Bella.

You can connect with her on LinkedIn. Her office is located in Robinson A, 121. Professor Jannery is the Faculty Advisor for the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ Mason chapter) and advisor for the Journalism Minor, Journalism Concentration & the Sport Communication Minor. Books by Jannery may be found at her Author Site


M.S. Broadcast Journalism, Boston University, College of Communication, 1994.

B.A. Communication Arts, Framingham State University, 1992.

Minor in Psychology, FSU, 1992.

Concentration in Speech, FSU, 1992.