International Reporting Basics: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Course Overview

International Reporting Basics: What You Need to Know Before You Go
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
This course takes about an hour to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

The benefits and threats of globalization are all around us, in the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the prices we pay for energy. No matter what country we live in, we share a lot in common with residents on the other side of the planet. Our economies, our environment, our health and our communities are linked as never before. Our companies and our governments operate multi-nationally. As a result, citizens need more information about the world than ever before.

The world is full of great stories. Whether you’re sent on an overseas assignment by an editor or are a freelancer hoping to pitch and sell stories once abroad, you will need some basic information about how to prepare for the trip and how to get the story. This course will provide you with the basic information and skills necessary to embark on a foreign assignment and prepare you for the challenges you may face in the field.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Pack and prepare for an overseas assignment.
  • Stay safe and healthy in a foreign country.
  • Find fixers, drivers and translators in a foreign country.
  • Gather information in a foreign country.
  • Write a story your editor will appreciate.
Who should take this course:

This course is for any journalist who is going overseas on assignment or in hopes of finding a story.

Course Instructors:

John Schidlovsky

John Schidlovsky is the founding director of the International Reporting Project.

Louise Lief

Louise Lief has been deputy director of the International Reporting Project since the program was founded in 1998.

Sonja Matanovic

Sonja Matanovic is the communications coordinator/webmaster at the International Reporting Project.

Training Partner:

International Reporting Project

The International Reporting Project is designed to educate U.S. journalists about global issues and to increase and improve the coverage of international topics in the U.S. news media.

Technical Requirements:

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