American, Kenyan students to cover global health projects

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An initiative at Boston University will attempt to “fill the void in developing-world health reporting” by using students from that university and two in Kenya to form an international newsroom.



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The project recently was awarded $100,000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The students will take a class that will teach them about public health and communication while coming up with story ideas about foreign aid projects in Africa.

According to an article on BU Today, published by Boston University’s office of marketing and communications:

The African students will gather audio and images of the projects in the field, which will be developed and expanded with new material by the American students at BU’s production facilities. The students producing the best projects will spend a month in late summer in Africa to complete their projects, which would be disseminated through social and mainstream media, and potentially through corporate partners.

Anne Donohue, a BU associate professor of journalism, says the goal is to tell the successful stories of where aid goes and the impact it has on those communities.

One thought on “American, Kenyan students to cover global health projects

  1. Andrew Holtz

    It’s wonderful to see attention paid to a substantially under-reported topic. But I must say I’m a bit troubled by the comment that “the goal is to tell the successful stories of where aid goes.”

    Certainly, success should be heralded. But to be considered journalism (not mere boosterism or advocacy), this project must also shine an equally-bright light on failures. Ineffective projects suck resources away from effective efforts. The people of the region will benefit most from hardnosed reporting that challenges and tests the health project leaders whose intentions are certainly good.

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