Program Overview

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Are you curious about the world and the way it is changing?

Examine the practice of news journalism and the manner in which it is being remoulded by new digital platforms and increasing competition. You will focus on journalism in Britain and the United States and look briefly at English-language news platforms in other parts of the word. You will need to read widely about how the world is reported. Learn more about journalism rather than how to be a journalist, but you will have the chance to write and report as well.

At this time, the world - and the world's news media - has one focus: the COVID-19 pandemic. We will look at how it has been reported and analyzed, how journalists and newsrooms operate through a "lockdown," and how this worldwide emergency has reshaped patterns of news media consumption.

Examine the ethics of news reporting and the difficulties – of safety, balance, authority – in covering war and conflict.

  • Can journalists, should journalists, be impartial in the face of the increase in violence evident in many parts of the world?
  • Is the era of the foreign correspondent, flown in from afar to cover political unrest and insurgencies, now over?
  • Do we have too much reporting of violence and political rows and not enough coverage of the environment, health, gender issues, and lifestyles?

You'll explore the answers to all of these this summer. You'll also look at the rise of citizen journalism and the impact this is having on news reporting, and at the growth of social news, including everything from Facebook and Twitter to the news and lifestyle websites aimed at the young. Additionally, look at the controversy about "Fake News" and the measures being taken to combat it, and the rise of new digital platforms and whether the "mainstream media" has a future.

London experiences are an exceptional opportunity to learn remotely from leading industry experts, get personalized tips of the trade, and engage with exclusive guest speakers. 

Work with London-based faculty in Oxford-and-Cambridge style one-on-ones and develop international relationships with resume-building opportunities. London faculty are excited for you to join them this summer! Check out what they have to say to you:

Academic Details

Earn 4 UO credits. The credits are approved at the University of Oregon as 300-level J credit and count towards an elective (see SOJC for approval). CRN 42791. For non-UO students, credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Begin an application to learn more.

The draft syllabus for this experience will be updated soon to reflect remote activities. Experiential activities will/may include:

 

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Faculty and Staff

London-based faculty, Andrew Whitehead, has been until recently the Editor of BBC World Service News, the BBC’s biggest radio network reaching more than forty million listeners around the world. During his career, he has been a foreign correspondent, a correspondent covering British politics, a news presenter and a maker of award winning documentaries. He has spent a semester as a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. His latest book, The Lives of Freda, was published in 2019.

You will also be supported by our delightful GEO London team. They will be inviting you to a virtual pub quiz, remote walking tours of their beloved city (when it is safe of course!), and make sure you get a taste of London from afar. Check out their Instagram page to see program highlights https://www.instagram.com/geo.london/

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearStart DateEnd Date
Summer20206/29/20207/31/2020

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