WSU Hosts Student Journalists from the Balkans for a Program on the Importance of a Free Press – WSU Insider

Washington State University welcomes a delegation of 14 student journalists from the Balkans. The three-week program started on June 18.

The American Journalism and Media Institute (SUSI) study is part of a U.S. Department of State program designed to help foster greater international understanding of the importance of freedom of expression and freedom of expression. a free press.

“WSU’s participation in the SUSI program provides foundational journalistic ethics and professional know-how to students from Eastern European countries pursuing careers in media and journalism. They will build lasting relationships with each other, as well as with students and journalists here in the United States, helping to build a global community of professionals dedicated to truth and reliability in reporting,” said Paul Whitney, vice-president Associate President for International Programs.

SUSI students at the time of Seattle

Nevena Ivanovic, a journalism and media student in Krusevac, Serbia, said she hopes the program will help her broaden her overall reporting mindset. She wants to learn new digital communication practices that mesh well with the expertise of WSU faculty and staff.

This expertise was critical in the university’s selection for the federal grant of $210,000 per year over three years, originally awarded in 2019. SUSI is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by FHI 360, a nonprofit organization with offices in Washington, DC

A full six-week program was held at Pullman in 2019. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 program was canceled and the academic portion of the 2021 program was held online. Last summer, students engaged in a four-week virtual program that included leadership development, volunteer activities, cultural interactions, teaching, and active educational opportunities related to a range of subjects. Topics included: First Amendment rights, the impact of technology on journalism, editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, civic and investigative journalism, and digital and social media.

This summer, the 2021 program continues face-to-face. Student journalists will experience the Pacific Northwest through cultural and educational activities and community service. Activities include visits to regional news outlets including the Seattle Times and Spokesperson, college classes with experts including professors from WSU’s Murrow College of Communication, community service with nonprofit organizations local lucrative and cultural experiences such as attending a Seattle Mariners game, visiting the Nez Perce National Historical Park and experiencing the 4th of July with the Johnson Parade and fireworks at Sunnyside Park in Pullman.

Egzon Musa places a pin on a map

At the end of this program, student journalists will present a reporting project that shares their point of view on the program.

“It is an honor to welcome these students to our campus. As a native of Pullman, I take great pride in making their stay on the Palouse unforgettable. I hope our students leave here as Cougs for life and feel enriched for having experienced a beautiful part of the world they might never have heard of otherwise. said Shane Johnson, SUSI WSU program manager.

Cultural and educational arrangements for the delegation visit are managed by the Office of International Programs as part of its ongoing mission to showcase WSU expertise globally and bring visitors to WSU who can help our students and our community to discover other cultures and points of view.

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