Reporting Live

Did you know you can complete your capstone while studying abroad? Reporting Live can be added on to most Fall & Spring international programs.

Program Summary:

Reporting Live a Portland State University international capstone course that connects Portland middle school classrooms with study abroad students while they are overseas via blog. It is grounded in peace journalism and intercultural competence theory, and consists of three main components: a pre-departure program orientation, ten weeks of interactive blogging, and a final celebration in which the study abroad student visits his or her middle school classroom in person upon re-entry.  

Objectives:

There are two program objectives. The first is to supplement middle grade social studies, language arts, and/or foreign language curriculum, and to support State learning standards with a fun and easy-to-use social media tool. The goal is to maximize experiential learning while minimizing outside teacher prep time.

The other program objective is to enrich the overseas experience of the participating study abroad students. By framing these students as peace journalists and providing them a readership of young learners, the students are poised to approach their new context with sharpened senses and a critical mind. Observation, asking questions, suspending judgment, building relationships, and seeking out voices that are missing from the dominant discourse are all attributes of peace journalism, the practice of which will enable the study abroad students (and middle schoolers back home) to meaningfully connect across cultural difference.

Click here to view the most recent Reporting Live blog posts!