With $100K, BU to develop global classroom
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Starting this spring Boston University will kick off a school-wide search for 10 students, who will spend the summer working on projects dedicated to world health reporting.
In the Global Student Newsroom, selected students will enroll in an online class over the summer connecting with peers from two Kenyan universities to brainstorm stories on foreign aid projects in Africa. The African students will gather material in the field, which will be edited and produced by the American students at BU’s production facilities. The students with the best projects will then spend the last month of summer in Africa completing their work.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded the Global Student Newsroom a $100,000 grant. The newsroom concept is the product of collaboration between the College of Communication and the Center for Global Health and Development.
“Aid is often criticized—rightfully so—for not being effective or appropriate for the community that receives it. But there are also many examples of successful projects where aid brings a significant positive change to a community, and we think those stories should be told as well,” said journalism Prof. Anne Donohue, (’88).
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