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Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on New Journalism

Five Week Training Program at Washington State University, USA

by December 03, 2012

Program overview:

The Study of the U.S. Institute’s (SUSI) for Student Leaders is an intensive academic program that provides undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.   The Institute on New Media in Journalism will be hosted by Washington State University in Pullman, WA. The five week academic residency will combine seminars on conceptual topics, case studies led by experienced working journalists, and hands-on skills workshops. This is an intensive program which will require participants to keep up with readings and assignments.  A study tour to U.S. media outlets in Seattle, San Francisco, andWashington, D.C. will complement the academic residency.

The New Media in Journalism Institute hosted by Washington State University will lead participants through an exploration of the changing nature of the news media, leadership, U.S. political institutions and U.S. foreign policy, journalistic ethics and responsibility, the history of journalism, basic journalism skills, basic new media skills, video production and editing, broadcast reporting, social media as a reporting tool, newsroom leadership, and investigative journalism. Participants are expected to depart with the skills and knowledge they need to use digital new media for both the reporting and dissemination of news.

Participants will learn how to shoot and edit video for the web, create blogs, and use Twitter and other distribution systems. Participants will also gain enhanced basic reporting and leadership skills, a renewed appreciation for the importance of ethical and responsible journalism, and a better understanding of the U.S. political system.

The Institute will examine the historical domestic progress towards women's equality in the United States, the current domestic successes and challenges to women in a variety of fields, and current challenges in global women's issues. Students will work actively to develop themselves as leaders and will also participate in local community service activities.

Candidate Description and QualificationsCandidates must

  • Demonstrate excellent English speaking, reading, writing and comprehension skills;
  • have a strong interest in new media;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have completed at least one semester of university and have at least one semester remaining in their undergraduate university studies at the time of the institute;
  • have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by  grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  • demonstrated commitment to community and extracurricular university activities;
  • have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • be mature, responsible, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive attitude, and
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel;
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to different cultural and social practices.

The U.S. Department of State will cover all expenses for participating in this program, including housing and meals; program administration; international travel, domestic travel and ground transportation; accident and sickness insurance (pre-existing conditions not covered); and incidental allowances covering cultural excursions, course materials, and communication.

Please complete the application form (PDF_464KB) and submit to by December 03, 2012.

Application Form:

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