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Fall 2018-2019
* JRN 459 (SA)   na, npdf

Reporting After War: Post-Conflict Nation Building in Bosnia

Kira Kay


This seminar will examine reporting after war with a focus on post-conflict nation building in Bosnia. After conflict ends, most countries face a challenging period of physical, political, and societal reconstruction; it takes skilled journalists to cover these efforts deeply and intelligently on behalf of local citizens and global policymakers. Using Bosnia as a case study with in-field reporting over fall break, students in this course will explore broad themes of post-conflict reporting while developing journalistic skills to collect engaging material and craft impactful narratives.

Sample reading list:
Mort Rosenblum, Little Bunch of Madmen: Elements of Global Reporting
William Zinsser, On Writing Well
Rory Gutman, A Witness to Genocide
David Rohde, Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica
Anthony Loyd, My War Gone By, I Miss It So

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 international travel during fall break, 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:
Kira Kay is the creator and director of the Bureau for International Reporting, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to the coverage of overlooked foreign issues and regions. Through the BIR she serves as a special correspondent for PBS NewsHour, making regular appearances on the show as a producer of international stories focused on human rights, peace, and security. Kay has won many major journalism awards, including a Robert F. Kennedy International Journalism Prize and an Emmy.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23334 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Scheide Caldwell House   209   Enrolled:11 Limit:12 Closed