Press & the World
a young reporter teamed with a novice photographer working for a wire service
and you are out to report on events in one of the following countries
(countries will be assigned by drawing a number).
Before you leave home, you want to understand what
you’ll be facing—you know that the protection of the US Constitution and the 1st
Amendment only reaches to the border. You want to find answers to several
“your” country, what cases of censorship, oppression, violations
of human rights can you cite? In other words, have journalists been victims of
any of the above?
restrictions, limitations or freedoms pertaining to the press can you expect to
find in this country? Try to find the country’s constitution or any official
document regarding the press in this country.
is going on in this country? What will there be to report on? Civil war or
other military conflict, political unrest, a recent coup d’etat,
corrupt government, illegal drug trade? Be a detective. Read the local paper if
does this country “measure up” to the
International Code of Practice for the
Safe Conduct of Journalism? In other words, do the actions and/or practices
of this country regarding the press meet the ideals set for in this document?
organizations exist to help protect you when you are far from home? How do they
protect? What do they do?
there any journalism heroes from this country? Who and why are they heroes? (this is extra effort).
you learn the truth about what to expect, you have to decide if you still want
to go, knowing that if you do not go, you will lose your job. What is your
decision? What is the basis for your decision? File a report with your editor
(me and the class) that includes a detailed summary of the information you
found while trying to answer your questions, your decision about the job and
your rationale for that decision. Your report will be oral.
report should be professional and well organized. Follow this format:
Greet the editorial board
State the purpose for wanting to talk to us
(Wanting us to know more about the country you may
visit, Trying to decide if it’s safe)
Give us a complete report
(the information from this report comes from your answers to the questions; do
not, however, simply list the answers)
Tell us your decision about taking the job or not and restate your main
Thank us for listening
report is worth 100 points. You do not have to hand anything in, but please do
not interpret this to mean that you do not have to take notes or prepare. Look
at the scoring rubric so you know how you will be graded.
Need help? Try the following sources:
Federation of Journalists
to Protect Journalists
Reporters Committee for Freedom of
International Freedom of Expression eXchange
International Journalists' Network
Index on Censorship
Survival Guide For
World Press Freedom Day
best resources will be from newspapers.
the Internet to find International Papers as well as American Papers
Find many international papers at
Do a Boolean search and use your country name with any of the following:
limitations (or restrictions)
journalists in danger
and human rights
a good detective/researcher; don’t give up if you don’t find what you’re
looking for. Keep trying. Help each other.