Program Overview

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The past months have posed the most extraordinary challenges to visual journalists—and everyone else—the world over. Now, more than ever, accurate, accessible, and up-to-date information is a vitally precious commodity. And the thirst for such information has grown substantially as people try to make sense of the global upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Explore the essential principles that underpin the creation of high-quality visual journalism. This experience combines intensely practical sessions covering the skills and techniques necessary for producing broadcast-standard material with discussion and debate on the shifting tectonic plates in the industry, as well as the impact of the coronavirus crisis on journalism and journalists. You will hear from – and be able to question - leading figures from major TV and online news organizations.

Each week, you will examine different aspects of the production of visual journalism and explore the changing nature of the medium.

  • What are the ingredients needed for an attention-grabbing package?
  • Does EVERY picture tell a story?
  • What makes material shareable?
  • How should journalists frame their questions to elicit the sound-bite answers they seek?
  • How should each shot be framed to achieve the best results?
  • What does the phrase “citizen journalist” really mean?
  • And, now that everyone can put video material online, what will be the impact of the “citizen publisher”?

Find the answers to these questions and more by creating material mostly using equipment that most students already own: a mobile phone.

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:

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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 42790. 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, Simon Waldman, worked in broadcast journalism for BBC News from 1979 to 2015: from producer on Television News bulletins and Breakfast Time – including domestic and international news outside broadcasts – through to Senior Editor on TV bulletins, Breakfast News, Radio 5 Live, BBC World and BBC News Channel. His many years of experience leading teams of journalists in both radio and television has given him an in-depth insight into how the media industry operates.

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

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.