PLEASE NOTE: JOUR-UA 101 - Journalistic Inquiry (or the equivalent) is a prerequisite for participation in the program.
Located in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana stands out as one of the most politically and economically stable as well as culturally vibrant countries on the continent. The capital city of Accra is an intriguing blend of successful modernity and rich colonial history.
Journalism in Ghana is an intensive six-week experience in immersion journalism. Students actively participate in reporting, writing, photographing, or filming almost every day. The schedule is rigorous. The program is designed for undergraduate students from NYU and other colleges, but graduate students from the NYU Journalism program may apply to take the Independent Study course. Visiting graduates are welcome to apply to the program's undergraduate courses, but must realize that courses are for undergraduate credit. Visiting students cannot register for the Independent Study. Students who wish to develop their reporting pieces further after returning to the U.S. will have the opportunity to do so.
All undergraduate students register for 8 points. The program is designed for undergraduate students but graduate students from the NYU Journalism program may apply. Visiting graduate students are welcome to apply but must realize that courses are for undergraduate credit. Classes are taught at the NYU Accra Center, where students have access to a well-equipped computer laboratory. Before traveling to Ghana, students will receive introductory material about Ghana's history, culture, and media. Students are expected to study this material before arriving in Accra.
All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students live in NYU housing located in residential neighborhoods within walking distance of the NYU Academic Center. Shuttle service is provided. A weeknight only meal plan is included in the housing and is not optional.
In addition to exploring Accra, students visit Kumasi, which boasts the world's largest outdoor market and has for three centuries been the royal city of the legendary Ashanti tribe. Students also visit Cape Coast and Elmina castles, sites of the country's largest centers for the slave trade.
Students report in teams and individually, on political, economic, and social issues in Ghana. The goal is to produce publishable works of journalism, the best of which may be published on the Journalism Department's website. Past projects have picked up for publication by media outlets. Print and broadcast projects are both welcome. This is an intensive reporting experience. Students will be working on their projects every day. Sample syllabus.
This course will take a critical look at how the media interrelates with society by focusing on the history, content, economics and effects of the media.
The class will explore the socio-cultural and philosophical context of the media industry in general, and the practice of mass communication in Africa and Ghana in particular. This broad perspective will be examined against the background notion that the media do not function in a vacuum. Thus, students will examine how these contexts, informed by the dominant philosophies and macro-institutional practices of society, mitigate or even dictate the operations of the media. Discussions will also deal with how the mass media impact on society and affect the manner in which people experience the world around them. Sample syllabus.
The following additional expenses should also be considered when budgeting for the Journalism in Ghana program. Please note that these are only general estimates. Interested students are encouraged to conduct their own research.
Round-Trip Flight from New York: $1,600.00 - $2,080.00
Visa(required for program): $50.00
Short Taxi Ride: $6.00 - $7.00
Public Transport, per ride: $0.45 - $0.60
Inexpensive Meal - $6.00 - $10.00
Prepaid Cell Phone: $10.00 - $40.00
Sim Card:$ 0.50 - $1.00
Hostel: $10.00 - $30.00
Hotel: $20.00 - $100.00
Tourist Attractions: $1.00 - $5.00