Global awareness comes in many forms at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Students and faculty interact with journalists from around the world through two U.S. State Department programs – the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in Journalism and the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists.
The Humphrey Fellowship program brings up to a dozen international journalists to the school for a year of academic study, mentoring and professional development. And each fall during election season, another group of international journalists arrive to view first-hand how democracy works as part of the Murrow program.
During the summer, students travel to Europe and Asia to visit top media outlets and cultural landmarks as part of Cronkite’s study abroad programs.
Other students spend their spring semester studying border and immigration issues under the guidance of Southwest Borderlands Initiative Professor Rick Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s students have traveled to Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and across Mexico to do on-the-ground reporting on Latino communities and Latino-specific issues.
Cronkite’s global outreach efforts are an important part of the school’s educational mission, according to Professor B. William Silcock, who directs Cronkite Global Initiatives. Whether it’s bringing journalists and media professionals from around the world to the school or organizing experiences for Cronkite students abroad, the goal, he said, “is to see the world, know the world and report the world.”