Student Experience: COM Goes to Cuba
Students capture daily life in Havana and beyond
Photo by Michael Cummo (’13)
If you’re a COM student reporting on most topics, you can find source material minutes from Comm. Ave. But what if your subject of interest is out of the country? Or what if your class is about foreign reporting?
Thanks to the efforts of two professors—Boston Globe Photographer and Pulitzer-winner Essdras Suarez and former New York Times Foreign Correspondent Stephen Kinzer (CAS’73)—a group of COM students had the opportunity to travel to Cuba this March. The trip, which Dean Tom Fiedler (’71) and Professor Bill McKeen helped facilitate, is one of the first of its kind for COM.
Cuba was a natural location choice, says Kinzer, as it “has a particular place in American imagination.” The trip participants—Kinzer’s foreign reporting class and Suarez’s photojournalism class—worked both individually and together to produce photos and stories for their classes, GlobalPost and The Boston Globe.
“Let’s get into Cuban life,” Kinzer says he told students. “Let’s transcend the static of the daily news and try to provide stories that are more interesting to the ordinary reader. ‘Follow your own curiosity’ is what I always tell them.”—Julie Rattey
To read stories published in the GlobalPost featuring work by COM students and Visiting Professor Stephen Kinzer, visit:
- A specter is haunting Cuba
- Gay and prouder in Cuba
- Jewish in Havana: No rabbi but plenty chutzpah
- Legend of the Cuban cigar