Traveling for an advanced reporting class is one of several components of the school's curriculum. In recent years, permanent faculty and lecturers have led classes to nearly two dozen countries, including Cote d'Ivoire, India, Japan, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa,Tanzania and Uganda.
The highlight of our international travel program is The Africa Reporting Project, now in its second year. Students in all of our travel courses produce print, photo, documentary, TV or radio pieces that routinely end up in prestigious publications and broadcast outlets around the country and the globe.
Admission to travel reporting courses is by application. Students spend time in the classroom, preparing for the travel portion of the class and generally travel during winter break, spring break or early summer. The classroom emphasis is on reporting and on the privilege and responsibility of working as a journalist overseas. Issues like reporting with cultural sensitivity, working with translators and other international partners, and getting the necessary information in an unfamiliar setting are all addressed prior to the travel portion of the course.
Students can also apply for travel grants to work on individual projects with faculty advisors. The Travel Grant Program supports domestic and international travel. After students have a rigorous first semester working on the School's community reporting sites, they usually have a chance to travel domestically or internationally in subsequent semesters either with a travel class or on a travel grant.