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PLEASE NOTE: JOUR-UA 101 - Journalistic Inquiry (or the equivalent) is a prerequisite for participation in the program.

PROGRAM SUMMARY

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.

ACADEMICS


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.

HOUSING & MEALS


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.

EXCURSIONS

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.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

 

Undergraduate students must register for 8 points.

 

PLEASE NOTE: JOUR-UA 101 - Journalistic Inquiry (or the equivalent) is a prerequisite for participation in the program.

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.

FACULTY

 

Frankie Edozien
B.A.; New York University.
Audrey Gadzekpo
Professor, NYU ACCRA; Chair, Department of Mass Communications, University of Ghana.

 


Location

Accra, Ghana

Program Dates

May 24 - July 5

Subject

Journalism

Level

Undergraduate

NYU School

College of Arts and Science


“I loved how much we were encouraged to explore outside the classroom and truly immerse ourselves in the Ghanaian culture.”


Application Deadlines

Journalism in Ghana is closed to new applications. Please check back in the fall for summer 2015 information.


CONTACT INFO

NYU Global Programs
110 East 14th Street,
LOWER LEVEL
New York, NY 10003
t: 212-998-4433
f: 212-995-4103
journalism.in.ghana@nyu.edu

PROGRAM DIRECTOR


Frankie Edozien, Clinical Associate Professor,
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, NYU

Frankie Edozien has been the Director for the CAS Journalism in Ghana since 2008. He is a journalist who honed his skills writing about government, health and cultural issues for a variety of publications. His work has appeared in The Times (UK), The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Vibe magazine, Out Traveler, Blackaids.org, The Advocate, and more. Edozien was an award-winning New York Post reporter for 15 years, and its City Hall Reporter from 1999-2008 where he was the lead writer on legislative affairs. He covered crime, courts, labor issues and human services public health and politics, reporting from around the country and abroad for the paper. In 2001, he co-founded the AFRican Magazine and continues to serve as the editor-in-chief. He has traveled around the world reporting on the impact of HIV/AIDS particularly among Africans and is a 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting. A selection of his work is available on www.edozien.net.

COSTS

8 points are required for undergraduate students to participate in this program.
 
Undergraduate Tuition: $7,312
 
Program & Activities Fee: $500
 
Required International Health Insurance: $63.60 for 6 weeks of coverage during the program.
 
Housing: Single $2,455; Double $2,208; Triple $2,047; Quad $1,760
 
PLEASE NOTE: All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are billed a standard housing rate in the spring. Housing charges will be adjusted at the end of the program based on actual housing assignments, which may result in an additional charge or credit issued in the late summer.

There is an additional registration and services fee of:
$260 for students registered at NYU for spring 2014
$291 for students not registered at NYU for spring 2014

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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

Local Transportation
Short Taxi Ride: $6.00 - $7.00
Public Transport, per ride: $0.45 - $0.60

Inexpensive Meal - $6.00 - $10.00

Cell Phone
Prepaid Cell Phone: $10.00 - $40.00
Sim Card:$ 0.50 - $1.00

External Accommodations
Hostel: $10.00 - $30.00
Hotel: $20.00 - $100.00

Tourist Attractions: $1.00 - $5.00

 

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