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by Deaundra Cash

October 1, 2009

Murrow Program brings African journalists to SU

Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications will jointly host a delegation of eight North African journalists from Oct. 1-7 as part of The Edward R. Murrow Program for International Journalists . 

This program serves as an initiative to bring journalists from around the world to the United States.  Visiting journalists spend three weeks learning about the rights and responsibilities of a free press and the social, economic and political structures of our nation.

SU has hosted this program for four years and is one of 11 host institutions for the total of 150 journalists. The eight journalists coming to Syracuse represent Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia and include television and print reporters. 

While here, the journalists participate in several activities including interactive seminars, job shadowing in Utica, New York, a tour of the campus and even have a chance to attend Saturday afternoon’s football game.  

“Every school does it differently,” said Bill Smullen, Director of National Security Studies at Maxwell, a Newhouse public relations professor and a Murrow program coordinator. “We are very committed to dialogue with students, faculty, members of the community, and fellow journalists. We also try to expose them to different faces of America.”

SU is the only university that has a duel-host for the program and each school plays an integral role in the journalists’ visit.  “Maxwell is the number one school of public affairs and Newhouse has the number one department of public relations,” Smullen said.  “It is a wonderful opportunity to have the schools act as partners and assist in a dynamic week.”

The partnership between SU and the international journalists goes beyond this visit.  Once they return to their homes, the journalists are expected report what they have seen, report what they have learned, and use this information to improve their role in reporting about current events in America. 

“The communication with them does not stop after this week,” Smullen said.  “I have opened myself as a source to them and I keep in contact with each one. We take pride in this program and Syracuse University should be proud to be a part of something that is so important and meaningful.”