UMass Amherst Students Hone Skills at CSIS Journalism Bootcamp
20 AUGUST 2019

Students from University of Massachusetts Amherst have embarked on an intensive journey into the world of international affairs journalism, with the experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as their guides.

Since Monday, August 19, the UMass Amherst has been in Washington, D.C. taking part in the weeklong CSIS Journalism Bootcamp: Reporting on International Affairs, which is exclusively supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

The Bootcamp invites a select group of university students to take part in a high-intensity week of workshops with policy experts and multimedia producers at CSIS. Deep-dive seminars with CSIS experts focus on current media topics. This session of the Bootcamp takes as its focus “The Migration Challenge in Venezuela and Beyond.” Other seminars give students hands-on experience practicing storytelling, interview, social media, video, and data visualization skills. One skill-building workshop during this session, for instance, focuses on “Journalism, Fake News, and the Polarization of Information.”

The students’ work culminates in a long-form reporting project that incorporates video, audio, and data visualization elements. The project is produced in collaboration with CSIS’s Dracopoulos iDeas Lab, which was created in 2011 with support from SNF Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos.

Based in Washington, D.C., CSIS is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization that for over half a century has provided policy to guide society toward a better future. SNF has provided support for a number of other events at CSIS, notably the CSIS-TCU Schieffer Series, hosted by former CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer.

Past cohorts from Howard University, Ithaca College, the Mass Media Communications School at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, Tulane University, and Texas Christian University have taken part in the journalism practicum.