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Release: Jan. 24, 2002
UI Wins $200,000 Grant For Exchange Program In Journalism
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication in
the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has won a $200,000
grant to establish a student exchange program involving five other institutions
in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary
Education (FIPSE) in the U.S. Department of Education awarded the grant to
support a four-year project, "Crosscurrents: Journalism and Globalization."
The Canadian and Mexican governments are also supporting the project.
"The program offers a marvelous opportunity for our
students and journalism students in Mexico and Canada to learn from one another,"
said journalism professor Kenneth Starck, UI project director. "As recent
events have shown, the global has become local. And it's imperative that tomorrow's
journalists be prepared to carry out their responsibilities in an increasingly
complex and interconnected world."
Participating institutions include two from Canada
-- Mount Royal College in Calgary, and Humber College in Toronto -- and two
from Mexico -- Universidad de Colima in Colima, and Universidad Autonoma de
Guadalajara in Guadalajara. The other U.S. institution taking part is the
University of Georgia.
Starck said the first year of the project would be
devoted primarily to exploring the curricula of the participating journalism
programs and developing criteria for the selection of students to take part.
The first students will go abroad in January 2003. Students will attend classes
at their host institutions and will work jointly on a variety of media projects.
The UI journalism program will send six students to Mexico and seven to Canada
and, in turn, will serve as host to six from Mexico and seven from Canada
from 2003-05. A total of 76 students from among the six institutions will
be involved in the program.
"One goal of the project," Starck said, "is to combine
increased technical understanding of journalism content and systems with lessons
in development, politics, cultural change, resiliency and human communication."
Long term goals, he said, include establishing a partnership
that encourages the exchange of students and faculty, the development of intercultural
and international courses and the exchange of knowledge and curriculum elements
to strengthen journalism education.
As part of the FIPSE program, representatives from
each of the participating institutions will visit one another's campuses,
starting in Calgary on Jan. 26 and proceeding to Toronto, Iowa City, Athens,
Ga., Guadalajara, ending in Colima on Feb. 10. The group will be at the UI
Jan. 31-Feb. 3.
The project is part of the Program for North American
Mobility in Higher Education. About 60 percent of the total cost of the $324,660
project is funded by FIPSE with the remaining 40 percent provided through
support of participating institutions.