School of Journalism offers unique study-abroad program in China for summer 2008

Study Abroad on China’s Fabled Silk Road

School of Journalism Study AbroadFifteen Stony Brook journalism students are preparing for their journey across the heartland of China along the ancient Silk Road. They are studying China’s history and culture in preparation for a superb opportunity to learn how to report overseas from the road. In their 2,000-mile journey, from Beijing in the Northeast to the deserts of China’s Northwest, students will be chronicling the changing face of modern China in words, pictures, video and sound. They will post their work online for the world to see, on sites hosted at Stony Brook and Tsinghua universities. This monthlong course, which begins June 22, is the first study-abroad program for Stony Brook’s Journalism School.

You can follow along with them at their blog: http://fabledsilkroad.spaces.live.com/

You’ll not find many study abroad programs like this one. It’s designed to expose students to the rich complexity of modern China and to teach students how to report and publish sophisticated stories from the road, using the latest in media technologies.

The program is a classroom without walls. The road serves as the students’ classroom. They journey across the Chinese heartland along the fabled Silk Road.

Students will discover for themselves the rich diversity of peoples and cultures – The Silk Roadfrom ancient Han capital of X’ian in the East to the desert of Dunhuang in the West – that constitute modern China. At night, distinguished Chinese and American professors explain what students have seen and heard. Students then combine these lessons with what they’ve seen and heard to periodically file multimedia accounts of their journey from the road.

Their accounts will be published on the Web sites of Stony Brook University and Tsinghua in Beijing. Later, the story of their journey will be bound in a picture travel book, published by the Tsinghua University Press in English and Chinese.