CURRICULUM: INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISM

 

Maggy Zanger

Mort Rosenblum

Shahira Fahmy

Celeste González de Bustamante

Kim Newton

Jeannine Relly

At a time when 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. There is an enormous demand in the news media and other information industries for students who have done applied research in a multicultural context.

The School of Journalism, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Center for Latin American Studies have for several years collaborated on a program that enables students to combine regional and language skills with opportunities to do research, reporting, and digital-imaging work in other countries.

In Spring 2004, the first class traveled to Chile. In Spring 2005, another group reported on people and events in Panama, and a 2006 group reported from Mexico. Those three series of articles and photos were picked up by the Tucson Citizen, a Gannett newspaper and Tucson's afternoon daily. In 2007, students covered stories in Puerto Rico for Wick Newspapers, principally the Green Valley News and in 2008 students traveled to Argentina to report for the Arizona Daily Star.

The Journalism School also has broadened the coverage area of El Independiente, South Tucson's community newspaper, so students will do more reporting on the Mexico - U.S. border. A number of faculty members have extensive experience reporting around the globe.

Maggy Zanger

Professor of Practice Maggy Zanger focuses on Middle East journalism and is an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She is Project Director of the School of Journalism’s partnership with Nangarhar University in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, a three-year effort to develop a journalism department at the Afghan university.

She was the Iraq country director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Iraq for nearly two years, starting centers in Baghdad and Sulaimani to train Iraqi journalists to work for independent news media. Zanger previously was a faculty member at the American University in Cairo, for nearly four years and the coordinator of the publications program of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Zanger has developed several new global journalism classes at the UA, including Media Coverage of International Crises, International Opinion Writing and Reporting the Middle East. She led students on an eight-week study abroad program in Egypt, funded by Fulbright, and has worked on developing other study abroad programs in the Middle East. She has also conducted research on the work attitudes of Iraqi journalists with UA colleagues.

Zanger was also the faculty adviser to El Independiente, a student-produced publication that serves the city of South Tucson and is the only bilingual newspaper in the country produced by students in a real community on a regular basis. She also spearheaded the School’s border safety efforts which developed workshops for students on how to report safely along the border, and was a founder of the Border Journalism Network, which functions as a hub through which professionals, educators and their students can gather, develop and share knowledge to improve the quality of border reporting.

 

Mort Rosenblum

Professor of Practice Mort Rosenblum teaches International Reporting. He left the Arizona Daily Star to join The Associated Press in 1965. Since then, he has reported on peace and war from 200 countries, eventually becoming the AP's chief international foreign correspondent. From 1979 to 1981 was editor of the International Herald Tribune. Rosenblum has written a series of books about U.S. press coverage of international affairs, as well as books about political and economic issues in Africa and France. His latest book is Little Bunch of Madmen: Elements of Global Reporting, which is being used in journalism programs around the country. Rosenblum has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize eight times, and has won a major award from the Overseas Press Club.

 

Shahira Fahmy

Associate Professor Shahira Fahmy teaches a media and terrorism seminar and a course on global communication to under-graduate and graduate students. She has chaired the majority of the MA theses at the School of Journalism in recent years.

Fahmy spent five years working in the news and broadcast industries in Egypt and Italy and one year photographing a tribe in the Sinai desert before pursuing her doctoral studies at Missouri School of Journalism in fall 2000. She has traveled to almost 30 countries and is fluent in four languages, skills that enabled Fahmy to conduct surveys with embedded reporters worldwide and to conduct surveys of audiences of Al-Jazeera in 67 countries. In December 2012 she was in Cairo conducting research on the recent uprisings in the Middle East.
 
Fahmy has more than 120 refereed publications and presentations on the national and international level. More than 40 of her publications and projects include students as coauthors and collaborators. Her work has appeared in journals such as the American Behavioral Scientist, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Mass Communication and Society, International Communication Gazette, and Visual Communication Quarterly. Currently she is the associate editor for Mass Communication and Society and is a manuscript reviewer for 20 refereed publications. She is also on the board of 10 scholarly journals and was the guest editor for “Images of Conflict”, a 2010 special issue of Media, War & Conflict.
 
Fahmy is the only faculty member at the School of Journalism who has collaborated and co-authored research with Journalism MA students. The most recent co-authored work won two top paper awards (First place) at AEJMC 2012 and was recently accepted for publication at the international journal The International Communication Gazette - published by Sage. The journal has been around since 1955 and is considered one of the world's leading communication journals, publishing scholarly articles from the international community of communication scholars in the field.
 

 

Celeste González de Bustamante

Assistant Professor Celeste González de Bustamante worked as an anchor, reporter, and producer in commercial and public television for 16 years before joining the journalism school. She has more than a decade of experience reporting on issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border. Her current research includes news and media analysis in both Mexico and Brazil.
 

 

Kim Newton

Kim Newton, an assistant professor of practice, has 26 years' experience in photojournalism, beginning as a freelance photojournalist based in Tokyo and Seoul. Newton worked for Reuters News Pictures in London as picture editor for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He also was senior photo editor for international news at Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service in Washington, D.C.

 

Jeannine Relly

Assistant Professor Jeannine Relly is an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Latin American Studies at the university. Her research examines the environment for information access and freedom of expression in developing nations with access-to-information laws. Relly has reported from the Mexico-U.S. border and the Caribbean. Her news reports have covered human trafficking, drug smuggling, political corruption, and other political, social and economic issues. Her report,"Polluting Paradise," investigated health hazards at an unlined landfill in one of the U.S. territories. "Gateway to America" and other articles chronicled how U.S. policy on political asylum had stimulated growth in the trafficking of Chinese nationals through the Caribbean. She also covered international trade and economic development along the Mexico-U.S. border, including reporting on  foreign-owned factories - maquiladoras -- in Mexico. 

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