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Journalism without Walls - Ghana

  • Details and Cost

    About the Program

    Stony Brook journalism professors will lead 12 students on a 16-day trip to one of Africa's most dynamic countries. In Accra, the capital, we’ll spend two days exploring and getting acclimated before setting off for 3.5 days of reporting in Kumasi, Ghana’s second-largest city, capital of the Ashanti region and home to West Africa’s largest market. Story possibilities are endless. Then it’s on to Ashanti villages in the Berekum district, where for three days we will immerse ourselves in the rhythms of rural life. Ghana’s tourism industry is marketing 2019 as the Year of Return, as 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the first European slave ship departing from Ghana's coast, and we will visit Cape Coast Castle, one of the notorious slave forts. Our last stop is Kakum National Park, where we will report on conservation and endangered-species issues. Then it’s back to Accra for final interviews. We will work from an air-conditioned tech site with high-speed internet, where we'll produce our website. In off hours, we'll explore drumming, dancing, and arts and crafts markets.

    Location Kumasi, Ghana
    Program Type Faculty-Led Program
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates May 30 - June 15
    Language of Instruction English
    Budget Available upon request
    Living Arrangements Shared Housing

    Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements.
    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.


    GPA 2.0
    Other Requirements Undergraduate and Graduate students from any academic discipline may apply.
    Application Deadline March 15 (Deadline has been extended to March 31) Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    Students will learn how to produce sophisticated multimedia stories about what they see and hear. Their work will be professionally published on The School of Journalism’s website. Among the specific skills students will learn are:

    • How to interview a wide range of sources
    • How to report and produce multimedia stories with text, photos, audio, and video.
    • How to publish their work online

    Students must enroll in 3 credits. An additional 3 credits of independent study are available for students wishing to apply financial aid for the course. For students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC): This program fulfills GLO and EXP+.

    Additional Information

    Grades earned  WILL calculate towards the cumulative GPA for SBU students.

    Non-SBU students must contact their home university regarding their grade and credit transfer policy.

    The course will satisfy the School of Journalism experiential credit required for journalism majors.

    Students enrolled in JWW may apply for scholarships through the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting. Please contact the academic department of or details on how to apply.

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