Global Journalism: Overview

Democratic societies and the news media are struggling with questions arising from the global information environment. Journalists who understand the factors that shape the collection, evaluation, and dissemination of information in the United States and other nations are of crucial importance.

The school provides exciting opportunities for students in global journalism through extensive faculty experience in foreign reporting, the school’s proximity to Mexico, study abroad opportunities in Italy, Costa Rica and the Middle East, and collaborations with international programs at the University of Arizona.

The school features faculty with decades of experience reporting from Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Dual master’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Middle Eastern and North African Studies provide students the opportunity to develop valuable specialties. Unique courses offer any students the ability to develop skills and knowledge that will set them apart from their peers, such as:

  • a course called Reporting on Latin America that takes students to a different Latin American country to do research, reporting, and digital-imaging work;
  • a seminar called International Reporting taught by a former Associated Press bureau chief who has reported from more than 200 countries;
  • an opportunity to write for El Independiente, a bilingual magazine that the school has been producing for more than 30 years;
  • a course in the Middle Eastern studies portion of the program called Media Coverage of International Crises, which looks at coverage of wars and other critical events in the Middle East; and
  • a course called Media and Terrorism that investigates the interplay between terrorism around the world and media content about terrorism

 

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