Focus of 2017
The 2017 South Africa program will examine two topics that are literally hidden in plain sight: the lives of South Africans of Indian ancestry and lower-income Afrikaners. The program’s journalistic coverage and research component will take students to vibrant communities inside Johannesburg; virtually unknown areas outside Johannesburg; and into Durban, South Africa’s second largest and often ignored city located on the Indian Ocean. Time spent in Johannesburg and Durban will include presentations from experts about current events, contemporary dynamics, culture, media operations, politics and social trends, politics. The presentations are designed to elevate understanding required for effective reporting and research while in South Africa.
Foreign Study in Journalism
This program has a journalistic focus, with the prime purpose of producing multimedia news content, including audio, photography, text and video. The production and equipment format emphasizes mobile media. The program accommodates students without backgrounds in journalism or production as those interested in conducting term paper–style research. However, your research topic must have a journalism or media focus.
Students choose between either a production track or a research track. Those who select the production option research, produce and edit stories in different formats, like audio, multimedia web, video, written text or photography. Those who select the research option research 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. Weekly guest speakers include academics, businesspeople, civil society activists, journalists and media professionals.
Faculty Program Leader
Summer 2017: Linn Washington
While completing his undergraduate degree at Temple University, Linn Washington never imagined that one day he would teach here. As a Temple undergraduate his desired career path was TV news, working either as a field director or a foreign correspondent. But his career has taken him through newspapers (daily, alternative and ethnic) in a variety of posts, from police beat reporting to executive editor. It also included a fellowship at the Yale Law School, where Washington earned a master’s degree and a serving as special assistant to the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Though he never worked as a TV news director, he has worked as a foreign correspondent, reporting from eight countries on three continents.
The education Washington received at Temple equipped him with skills he needed to succeed in life. At Temple he acquired excellent instruction in journalism techniques, plus intangibles like building self-confidence and resourcefulness. Perhaps the most valuable lesson he learned at Temple was the value of hard work—a lesson that has paid dividends in- and outside the workplace.
Washington teaches courses in investigative reporting, journalism law and multimedia reporting and news writing. He co-created the department’s innovative Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab (MURL). For eight years, he also directed and co-directed PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, the department’s capstone class. Student work in that urban reporting–focused class earned nearly three dozen regional and national journalism awards during his time with that program, as well as Best Practices recognition from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Washington also continues to work as a professional journalist for news entities (print and online) across the U.S. and in Europe, for which he has been recognized with awards. He frequently serves as an expert commentator, including appearances on CNN and the BBC World Service. He has directed study abroad programs for Temple’s School of Media and Communication in London and South Africa.
Recognizing how Temple University contributed to his career advancements, he considers it an honor to serve his alma mater as a professor.