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Journalism 3751: Foreign Study in Journalism (6 s.h.)
Students who select the production option will research, produce, and edit weekly stories in formats – written text, audio, video, or multimedia web. Students will also work in small teams on a longer documentary project. Production meetings will be held each morning and students will then go into the field to work on stories. Students who select the research option will research and write weekly research papers on topics ranging from mass media, social media, and the rapidly changing political, social, cultural and economic issues in post-Apartheid South Africa. Research students will participate fully in the daily production meetings as well as weekly research and discussion seminars. Weekly guest speakers will include documentary makers, journalists, politicians, civil society activists, and academics. Photography students work alongside South African photography students for three days per week, be trained/mentored by two senior South African photographers, and then work on a project related to guns, with a focus on wealthy South Africans and gun ownership. You will spend about four weeks producing a body of work that will be on exhibit at the MPW in the last week of the program and at Temple in the Fall.
Temple students who successfully complete this program automatically satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement of GenEd. Please note that you do not earn three credits, but the requirement is waived as completed. The School of Media and Communication is offering a new International Communication Concentration to SMC majors and the course offered on the South Africa program can be used to fulfill requirements for this concentration. More information on the International Communication Concentration can be found on the undergraduate bulletin here. If you are interested in declaring this concentration, you must have already declared a major within the School of Media and Communication, be in good academic standing and complete this form and return it to the Advising Center in Room 9 in Annenberg Hall. You should also consider making an appointment with an academic advisor prior to declaring the concentration to go over your academic progress.
Please view the video below, which was completed by Rebecca Kerner, an alumna of the program, for an example of what students produce for their weekly stories.
We will spend the first week of the program in Philadelphia. Week one will focus on preparing for the trip. Students will watch a series of films and documentaries about South Africa, read about the history of the country, and get acquainted with current events in order to generate story ideas and research topics. The group will then travel to South Africa and stay for five weeks and complete documentary post-production work or complete the final stages of the research papers, upon return if necessary.
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