Since we arrived in Washington DC in January of 2011, we have seen more urgent news dispatches than Professor Krasnow says a class has seen in her 17 years of teaching. We started our semester by writing about the Arizona shootings at a Tucson grocery store where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was speaking. That horrific story was quickly followed by the uprising in Egypt and other Mideast countries, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the invasion of Libya by the U.S. and other allies, and finally the near-shutdown of the U.S. government. Although most of these events happened far from Washington, being in the nation’s Capital always made us feel as if we were in the center of everything, as we heard from more than 50 speakers who had first-hand experience with news and newsmakers all over the world. Here are some of our own stories generated in Professor Krasnow’s writing seminars, that include opinion pieces, profiles and newsfeatures so you, too, can get a glimpse of what was going on in our city, in our country and in our world during our Washington Journalism Semester, spring 2011.