Introduction to International Reporting
Our first class is an immersion in international reporting today, preparing students to operate in international settings, understand the rapidly changing news marketplace, and compete with the best foreign correspondents in the world.
The course is broken into theoretical and practical classes. Practical sessions focus on finding stories, pitching, understanding your audiences and your editors, finding and working with fixers and translators, security and risk awareness, navigating different cultures, and working in multiple media formats. Students choose reporting beats among the immigrant communities of NYC. We work on storytelling techniques and learn how to bring our characters and their worlds to international audiences.
Every story is done with a real editor and publication in mind. Pieces produced in the class have appeared in The New York Times, Latino USA, and WNYC among others.
To build students’ understanding of the world on which they will report, the semester begins with a look at major historical forces that have shaped our world, starting with Jared Diamond’s thesis in “Guns, Germs and Steel”. We examine the industrial revolution, colonization, the Cold War, and globalization and look at how they are impacting news events today. In the second half of the semester, we examine the international news of the day and look at the motivations of the players and the impact on ordinary people.
Security and Risk Awareness Workshop
- All students traveling overseas undertake a two-day security and risk awareness workshop that will prepare them for their international internship and international reporting beyond the program. This is run by top journalist security training firm – Global Journalist Security
International Reporting Trip
- The International Reporting class will take an immersive 10-day reporting trip to a destination that is central to global news. In 2016 the class went to Israel and the West Bank.
Advanced International Reporting
This class builds on the introductory course, honing skills and knowledge developed in that class. The subject matter focuses on migration and the issues that are driving the unprecedented global movement of people that is re-shaping our world. Those include war, climate change, economic upheaval, and technology. Students will deepen their understanding of the global reporting marketplace, identifying stories that will sell and to whom, learning how to report in multiple media formats, and grasping how to sell themselves and their reporting. Many students choose to do their capstones in this class.
Topics in International Reporting
This class is broken into three one-credit modules offering a deep-dive into topics that straddle and unite the world. A series of top international reporters from The New York Times, Al Jazeera, Reuters and NPR teach these classes, infusing them with their experiences covering the globe. Students vote to determine which topics will be covered each year from topics that have included human rights, the rise of global fundamentalist movements, women’s rights, health, and global economics.