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The University of Washington Tacoma is seeking two to four UWT students to travel to Moscow and jointly produce an issue of The Journalist with students at Moscow State University. The trip is part of a competitive independent study that will take place during Spring Break 2012. The students will team up with students from MSU to write, design and produce a newspaper or magazine. This is a valuable opportunity for students interested in journalism and communications and for the campus as a whole, and is part of a program originated in March 2003 between UWT and MSU. Just from one brief week of working as a team, students from both countries learn about differences in journalistic practices, how one might determine what is newsworthy, and how one might decide the best way to approach a news story. In addition, important cultural differences are illuminated, discussed, and processed independently and together by the Russian and U.S. students. While students can discuss other cultures in their university classes, this type of one-on-one experience cannot be reproduced in textbooks or traditional classrooms.

Academic Content
Students will earn up to five credits. UWT students will travel with IAS professor Chris Demaske to Moscow where they will produce the newspaper or magazine from conceptualization of content through the entire publishing process. The final product will be distributed at both UWT and MSU.

Student Eligibility
You can apply for one of the slots on the trip by submitting a letter of intent and three to five writing samples (published writing preferred, but not required). You also may submit photos youʼve published and examples of page design/layout. The letter of intent should be one to two pages in length and should explain why you feel this would be a valuable experience for you and what journalism writing and/or production skills would make you a good choice for this exciting opportunity. Successful candidates will have experience writing, editing, and/or producing media content and working under deadline pressure. Those candidates also will have an enthusiasm and eagerness to work in an international context and the ability to adapt to unfamiliar situations.* All UWT students are welcome to apply.

Submit letters of intent and writing samples to Dr. Chris Demaske in the IAS Office, WCG 424, by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. You may also submit electronically by e-mailing your materials.

*Successful candidates will need to have a passport or commit to applying for an expedited passport upon acceptance.


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