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Sri Lanka: An Emerging Jewel
Colombo, Sri Lanka (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Hotel Areas of Study: Integrated Marketing Communications, International Studies, Journalism
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-graduate student, 6-other Program Type: study abroad
Program: Faculty-Directed
Program Description:
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Sri Lanka is an island nation that was embroiled in civil war for 26 years. At peace for seven years, the nation is emerging and advancing in tourism and international trade. Students will conduct interviews with local stakeholders, take video and still photographs and produce documentaries as well as a collection of their stories and photographs.  Depth Reporting is designed to give students real-life experience in writing, reporting, photographing and producing in-depth news stories, photos and video across news media platforms. Students prepare content for an in-depth, full-color, print magazine on Sri Lanka that is distributed to alumni, state officials, interested parties, newspapers and television stations.

This class is designed to lead students to complete a package of the best-reported, best-written, most in-depth stories they have ever done and put their work in top-quality print and video products.  This class will focus on interviewing skills, computer research, reporting, quality of writing, magazine writing, proper structure and the lost art of the outline. It will stress the effective use of detail to give a story layers of depth and authority. It will entail a certain degree of risk-taking – of trying different writing and reporting styles, approaches and techniques. Finally, it will also examine the critical role in-depth journalism plays in a democratic society.

By the end of the course students will:
• Write multiple in-depth stories exploring the culture of Sri Lanka, with an emphasis on changes in the culture, economy and quality of life.
• Produce material for a web site and multi-media packages that explore Sri Lankan culture.
• Demonstrate an understanding knowledge of the history, culture, economic resurgence and aspirations of the people of Sri Lanka.
• Demonstrate knowledge of the classic elements of good writing and photography.
• Demonstrate mastery of the basic skills of journalistic research and reporting.
Faculty Bill Rose
Charles Mitchell
Course Credit 3 hours of JOUR 577 - Depth Reporting
Students who have previously completed JOUR 577 will earn JOUR 599 - Media Problems.
Prerequisites JOUR 377 or JOUR 480
Program Price TBA
Program Price Includes Tuition, housing, some meals, program-sponsored excursions, international health insurance
Program Price DOES NOT Includes UM Study Abroad Application Fee, airfare, some meals, personal spending money, and passport and visa fees

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.