2008 International Journalists Program

This is the third year in which the Maxwell and Newhouse Schools will be co-hosting international journalists as part of the State Department’s Edward R. Murrow Program for International Journalists. In the past, the University has hosted journalists from North Africa and the Middle East. This year, twelve North African journalists will be visiting the Syracuse campus, accompanied by three interpreters.

From October 9th to the 14th, the journalists will sit-in on various classes, lectures and panel discussions, meet with faculty from both Maxwell and Newhouse, and interact with local reporters. They will partake in job shadowing opportunities with local media outlets and cultural outings during their stay in Syracuse.
The North African journalists, representing various television, radio and print news outlets, come to the United States with the ambition of sharing ideas and skills, and to receive a first-hand understanding of American society, media and democratic institutions. Named after the former director of the United States Information Agency, the tenets of the Edward R. Murrow Program include journalistic responsibility, courage and ethics.

By encouraging a free press, this program hopes to encourage and solidify the foundations of a free society. The journalists begin their time in the United States in Washington D.C., after which they come to Syracuse, followed by travel to a state capital, in the case of the North African journalists, to Austin, Texas, to observe American civil life and grassroots involvement in political affairs.