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International Reporting Trip Returns for School of Communication and Journalism Students

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For the first time in several years, journalism students will have a chance to travel internationally this summer and get a taste of life as a foreign correspondent with the School of Communication and Journalism’s Journalism Without Walls program.

The program, offered in partnership with the International Academic Programs’ Study Abroad Office, will take a small group of students to Nepal.

“Journalism Without Walls is a unique program that gives students the chance to experience a completely different part of the world and practice their multimedia journalism skills at the same time,” said Laura Lindenfeld. “For many of our students, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The program is open to a limited number of students. It will run from May 25 to June 8. The program is expected to cost around $4,000 a student, but scholarships are available.

Interested students are invited to an info session on February 14 at 1 pm.

Two Buddhist monks in saffron robes walk along a wooded path lined with prayer flagsJournalism Without Walls, long a beloved staple of the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, stopped running due to the COVID pandemic. A similar program called Journalism Unbound, for students who had just completed their bachelor’s degrees, brought two students to Moldova last summer.

The trips to Moldova and Nepal are organized by Sarah Baxter, journalism instructor and director of the Colvin Center. She worked with Colvin Center visiting scholars Ecaterina Miscisina, of Moldova, and Shraddha Verma, of Nepal, to organize each program, respectively. Miscisina and Verma each spent a semester at Stony Brook on an exchange program organized by IREX, affiliated with the U.S. State Department.

“It’s wonderful to have these international experts come to Stony Brook and for our students to be able to visit them in their home countries,” said Baxter. “These kinds of exchanges and experiences give our students and our community a better, richer understanding of different cultures and ways of life, and of course give our students an unparalleled opportunity to see what it’s like to be an overseas reporter.”

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