Cox Center Collaborates with Poynter Institute To Launch Online Course on Coverage of Global Issues

NewsU, an offering of the Poynter Instute in St. Petersburg, Fla., has launched an online course for journalists at small and medium-sized media organizations to help them develop new skills in local coverage of global issues.

The course, Reporting Global Issues Locally, was developed by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

This course was launched on June 22nd. It is available at Registration is free of charge.

It was produced by a team from The Poynter Institute as an offering of its online program. NewsU has 108,000 registered users in 200 countries and territories.

The course is designed to help wire editors of small newspapers, producers of local newscasts in small television stations, news directors of small radio stations, and journalists working smaller markets understand how to make decisions about the creation of, production of and use of news about global issues.

The project, with the ultimate goal of creating a better informed U.S. public on global issues, was funded through a grant to the Cox Center from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

John Schidlovsky, the director of the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University, and John Greenman, Carter Professor of Journalism at the University of Georgia, served as consultants for the project.

The online course helps journalists find the local angle in international stories by suggesting story ideas and by teaching how to do the research for the story. It suggests how to identify global stories that can be connected to local audiences. It also offers lists of local resources and shows how to tell a global story without a large travel budget.