U.S.-Mexico border fence. (Photo by Jordan Glenn)
Given the UA’s proximity to the Mexican border, and the fact that half the faculty members have international reporting experience, the school has carved out a specialty in global reporting that provides students an enticing array of global reporting classes.
- JOUR 473/573 Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands is an elective that enables UA students to meet for class weekly in Nogales, Arizona, and cross into Mexico. Students will gain an understanding of best practices and challenges specific to reporting in the borderlands, and will conduct research in and about the border region, including interviews with area residents. They will report findings in the form of essays, oral histories, research projects and in-depth reporting project.
- JOUR 496L/596L U.S. Press and Latin America, taught by Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante, explored the history, politics, economy and culture of Latin America and its media systems, with a focus on Mexico. In March 2013, during spring break, six students in the class traveled to Mexico City to participate in a weeklong colloquium featuring media experts and professionals, and tours of major media outlets including Televisa and Reforma. On their return from Mexico City, the group toured the El Imparcial newsroom in Hermosillo, Sonora. Students produced multimedia news reports and research papers about media and Mexico.
- JOUR 497C/597C Reporting the World offers a study of world news systems, including news gathering agencies, the role of foreign correspondents, the foreign press and the factors influencing the flow of international news. Mort Rosenblum, former editor of the International Herald Tribune and globe-trotting correspondent for the Associated Press for four decades, has taught the class since 2006. He is the co-director of the Center for Border & Global Journalism at the UA School of Journalism.
- JOUR 496F/596F Media Coverage of International Crises, taught by Professor Maggy Zanger, this elective focuses on how international media cover conflicts and other humanitarian crises, in the Arab/Muslim world.
- JOUR 426/526 Reporting the Middle East, also taught by Zanger, provides students with an understanding of current events in the Middle East and of the challenges journalists face reporting from a region with competing narratives, authoritarian regimes, and sporadic or ongoing conflict.
- JOUR 402/502 Media and Terrorism focuses on how news media portray terrorism and terrorists, and how the media’s coverage affects the public.