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2018 Summer
* JRN 465 / HLS 465 (SA)   P/D/F Only

Reporting on the Front Lines of History in Greece

Joe Stephens


This seminar combines classroom work with field reporting, placing students on the front lines of history in Greece, where they will learn and employ critical thinking skills and best practices used by accomplished foreign correspondents. Students will spend five weeks in Athens and in and around refugee-related sites on the mainland and Greek islands, learning what it takes to cover chaotic world events. While producing articles, videos, and photo stories worthy of publication, students will build confidence operating in the field and gain insight into current events, including the Syrian refugee crisis and the Greek financial collapse.

Sample reading list:
Mort Rosenbaum, Little Bunch of Madmen: Elements of Global Reporting
Griff Witte, et al., New Exodus: A Global Surge In Migration
Anand Gopal, "What Austerity Looks Like Inside Greece," The New Yorker
Graeme Wood, "What ISIS Really Wants," The Atlantic
Washington Post staff, The Waypoint, Washington Post multimedia project
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Websites and social media, digital magazine Dabiq

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read news stories and longer articles providing historical and cultural context. They will read, write, and report from the field, interviewing public figures as well as private citizens, aid workers, migrants, and refugees. Students will also take photos, shoot video, and post regularly to a course blog. Students will write an in-depth article on a topic of their choosing, guided by workshops and conferences. Together, the group will create and edit a multimedia website.

Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 70%

Other Requirements:
Multimedia Student Project Required
Not Open to Seniors or Grad Students.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Go to for application instructions. Selected applicants will have to interview. Enrollment is by permission only. Preference will be given to students who have taken Journalism or Hellenic Studies courses at Princeton or who have demonstrated journalism experience..

Other information:
This course will meet from 06/09/18 to 07/13/18. Joe Stephens, Ferris Professor in Residence, is a veteran investigative reporter for The Washington Post who has reported and conducted journalism training in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. He has won many journalism honors, including three George Polk Memorial Awards, and is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Many classes will include visits, in person or by Skype, from renowned journalists and historians.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10083 S01 TBA        Enrolled:6 Limit:6 Closed