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Global Eyewitness

Global Eyewitness

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Apply to be a part of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications' award-winning Global Eyewitness program during the 2022-2023 academic year. During 2022-2023, travel will be to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The application deadline is Sept. 18, 2022.

Big Stories

Through Global Eyewitness, you will have the opportunity to travel and develop compelling stories from all parts of the world by connecting problems with possibilities. You will embrace the ethical obligation to boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience.

Big Commitment

We strive to be courageous, compassionate and humble with each other and especially with those who trust us with their stories. Global Eyewitness spans two semesters and includes a commitment to travel.

  • Spring Semester:  JOUR 490A: Global Eyewitness Multimedia Photojournalism Project:  In this course, you will dive into the politics, history, culture and economy of a selected country. You will develop an understanding of journalistic ethics, solutions journalism and how to tell the stories of underrepresented communities.
  • Summer Break: During spring break, you will travel to the selected location to develop multimedia stories focused on addressing local issues and concerns.
  • Fall Semester:  JOUR 490B: Global Eyewitness Multimedia Photojournalism Editing: In this course, you will edit and produce in-depth multimedia stories that showcase how local communities are trying to solve problems and what we can learn from their successes and failures.

Big Rewards

Previous Global Eyewitnesses classes have told stories from across the country and around the world including the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Kenya, Mongolia, South Africa and more. In this program, you will be stretched as a student and journalist to push beyond your boundaries and deepen your understanding of the world.

Statement on Global Eyewitness

In November, 2020, the college was contacted by a group of College of Journalism and Mass Communications alums to discuss the Global Eyewitness program, an endowed program providing UNL CoJMC students interested in photojournalism, multimedia and writing the opportunity to travel internationally and develop compelling stories. In the meeting that followed, alums expressed their frustration over the stagnation of the program they felt had remained virtually unchanged over the years despite societal changes and expectations. It was clear that these former Global Eyewitness students cared deeply about the program. They also felt deeply hurt by the College’s lack of attention to the concerns they and others had expressed about the program over the years.

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