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Newhouse students' South Africa stories now on World Journalism Project site

March 09, 2011

Christy Perry
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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications students in Professor Steve Davis’ fall 2010 urban affairs class took one word in the course title—”urban”—out of this city and into one thousands of miles away.

Davis and fellow professor Seth Gitner spent the early days of 2011 leading a team of nine Newhouse urban reporting students in South Africa. They gathered community news in Grahamstown, which is about the size of Syracuse and is also home to a major university. Their South Africa stories are now viewable on the World Journalism Project website.

The student reporters covered the south side of Syracuse for The Stand newspaper and website during fall 2010. They spent their winter break in Grahamstown.

“The site features video profiles of a number of residents from the South Side and Grahamstown, testing our theory that no matter where you stand on the globe, the stories of everyday people are more alike than different,” says Davis. “They share an overwhelmingly positive spirit and the same goal: to make tomorrow better than today.”

Gitner worked with the class all fall semester and was video point person and deeply influential in content planning in Grahamstown, Davis says. Stand director Ashley Kang also made the trip and helped direct field teams. Professors Steve Masiclat and Jeff Passetti created the project’s website.

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