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Fall 2018-2019
* JRN 449 (SA)   na, npdf

International News - Migration Reporting

Deborah Amos


This seminar will focus on journalism and the migration crisis as the U.S. reconsiders immigration policy and refugee resettlement. At the same time, America's closest ally pursues a very different policy; Canada has the highest immigration rates per capita in the world, three times higher than the U.S. This course will report on immigration and refugee policy and practice across borders, with a focus on the conflict between national security, international responsibility, and America and Canada's historical roles in resettlement. Trips to Canada (Toronto and Winnipeg) and Connecticut will give students opportunities to report from the field.

Sample reading list:
Patrick Kingsley, The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis
David Frum, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
David Miller, Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immig...
Navid Kermani, Upheaval: The Refugee Trek Through Europe
Deborah Amos, Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile and Upheaval in the...
Readings and podcasts from, The New York Times, NPR, other news organizations

Reading/Writing assignments:
6-8 hours of preparation per week, consisting of reading, reporting, and writing. Short- to medium-length writing assignments due every one to two weeks. Short multimedia assignments due during semester. One long-form final project due by Dean's Date (January 15). Bi-weekly individual meetings with professor required. Mandatory travel to Canada during fall break and to Connecticut later in the semester, all trip costs covered.

Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Multimedia Student Project Required
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Go to for application instructions. Applicants must be available for a mandatory international fall-break reporting trip. Enrollment is by permission only..

Other information:
Deborah Amos covers the Middle East and refugees in the U.S. as a correspondent for NPR News. Her reporting is featured on NPR's Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered. The author of two books on the Middle East, Amos has won several major journalism honors, including a Courage in Journalism Award, a Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Emmy. She previously reported for ABC's Nightline and PBS's Frontline.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23098 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Henry House   15   Enrolled:11 Limit:12 Closed