In an era when mainstream newsrooms cut back on global reporting, the School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, has stepped in to help fill the gap.
Faculty have created an award-winning International Reporting Program, an initiative aimed at teaching and producing enterprise global journalism. The program offers journalism graduate students the opportunity to report on under-covered global stories, which are shared with the public through partnerships with major media and a growing creative commons library.
Each year, the International Reporting Program partners with major media to take on a story that might otherwise not be covered. A team of IRP fellows work with faculty members to find a topic, partner with local stakeholders, and travel to report and document stories that will be turned into written, audio, video and/or multimedia projects. The yearlong program offers students invaluable learning opportunities, and has produced award-winning journalism. The raw material collected in the field is storied in a publicly-accessible creative commons library, and is available for non-commercial use.
This is an example of what I call “going global” when it comes to journalism in this global, digital world.
Check out their web site: http://globalreportingcentre.org