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

About This Course

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.

This course will teach you everything you need to know in order to report effectively and safely for an overseas assignment. You will learn what to bring with you and the documents you will need to gain entry into another country. You will learn how to find "fixers" and translators, how to deal with government "minders" and much more. Plus, you'll have access to "Travelers' Tips," an online bulletin board of advice and recommendations from journalists who have lived and worked overseas.

Additional resources can be found on the NewsU Resources for Reporting on Globalization page.

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.