<< Syllabi <<

Professors differ on the best approach to teach global reporting, so syllabi take vastly different forms. Following a new trend in education, most are elaborately detailed, armor-plated with legalese, to protect against litigious students or parents. Sample excerpts below cover only the substance of the course. The first two illustrate this wide gulf.

Howard French at Columbia University uses a conceptual approach based on his years in Africa and Asia with The New York Times. He assigns a staggering amount of focused readings – required or recommended -- as a foundation for class discussion. His students, graduates intending to work overseas, learn not only how to approach the job but also how to discern the deeper meanings of stories they cover. Since he stays close to the news, the areas of focus and examples change each year, but the fundamentals remain.

My approach at the University of Arizona is far looser. I combine lectures with anecdotes – okay, war stories – and provide regular surprises: visitors, simulated events and mock news conferences. Students are required to read The New York Times and discuss foreign dispatches. Using examples, I illustrate how reporters construct their stories and how they cross cultural bridges to relate events in terms that distant readers can understand. My students are mostly undergraduates, not necessarily planning to work abroad. I work individually with each to tailor readings for specific needs and interests.

This page houses a variety of syllabi from different sources, each structured differently to hone specific skills, such as cross-cultural reporting, familiarity with regional issues, or news analysis. Most professors do require students to write their own dispatches, based on local reporting that does not require a plane ride.

Click on the name of each course to view, or right-click and download each of the PDF files available.


Destination Out: Foreign Reporting Off the Beaten Path (Master’s Program)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Instructor: Howard French

International Reporting (Undergraduate and Master’s Program)
University of Arizona School of Journalism

Instructor: Mort Rosenblum

International Reporting
Columbia College Chicago

Instructor: Rose Economou

Foreign Correspondence
American University

Instructor: William F. Gentile

The Foreign Correspondent
Boston University International Programs: London

Instructor: David McNeil

Writing and Reporting Workshop II (Master’s Program)
New York University

Instructor: Barbara Borst