Kenya 2013

The students, translators and instructors of Journalism Without Walls cross the Turkwel River en route to the Turkana Basin Institute after a day of reporting at Eliye Springs. (Frédéric Courbet)

Journalism Without Walls is a groundbreaking, hands-on reporting program created and run by the faculty of The Stony Brook University School of Journalism. The program has sent aspiring correspondents to China, Russia, Cuba — and most recently to the Turkana Basin Institute in northern Kenya. Students and professors traveled to the Rift Valley and reported on how an ancient culture clings to tradition as modernity and Western aid groups push for change.

The aim of the program is to give students real, hands-on reporting experience that will prepare them for the challenges they will face as working journalists. Under the guidance of their professors, student reporters travel to underreported regions of the world to produce print, video and multimedia pieces, culminating in the building of a unique website. Journalism Without Walls is not just something to put on a job application – it is the chance to do real journalism in an underreported region of the world and bring back stories that may not otherwise be heard.

The Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting at the Stony Brook School of Journalism is expanding the Journalism Without Walls program by creating the Marie Colvin Traveling Fellowship, which will enable more students to participate in experiential reporting trips, as well as place journalism interns in overseas news bureaus. The Center aims to nurture and grow the next generation of overseas reporters, while raising public awareness about the need for more robust international coverage.

Click here to view the full Kenya 2013 trip website.

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