Borders, far more than lines on a map, divide nations, define conflicts, and separate people who share resources, environment and history.
The Center for Border & Global Journalism (CBGJ) at the University of Arizona School of Journalism develops initiatives to enable students and professional journalists to meet the challenges – and growing peril – of reporting across frontiers.
In short, the CBGJ creates interdisciplinary collaborations for research and teaching in border studies and assists reporters, editors and news organizations in confronting the political, economic, and legal issues that arise in cross-border environments.
The Center develops partnerships and student opportunities with news media organizations, including programs focused on safety and security, and works with professional organizations to develop best practices for global reporting. It also will design new curricula and educational tools to engage and prepare the next generation of global journalists.
The Center draws upon the School of Journalism's existing relationships with several other units and programs at the UA: the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute of the Environment. It will develop new relationships with academic, governmental and nongovernmental institutions globally and strengthen ties the school has already established with the U.S. State Department, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the National Press Foundation and the Overseas Press Club and forge stronger ties with the Committee to Protect Journalists and Human Rights Watch. It will strengthen existing ties with the The New York Times and The Associated Press, as well as other first-line media organizations.