Journalism: Production and Consumption across the Globe

A Professional Development Workshop for Educators
August 1-4, 2016
Note: Application deadline extended to April 15th. 

Our 2016 four-day intensive summer workshop will focus on the production and consumption of journalism world-wide. Journalism, now more than ever, is a field and a concept characterized by continuity and change. In recognition of the larger tensions and questions raised by its dynamic nature, this workshop will ask participants to explore the field from perspectives as teachers whose students encounter journalism in school and life, as scholars of journalism, as consumers of journalism, and as producers of journalism.

Geared toward middle school, high school, and community college educators in the humanities and social sciences (but open to educators in all subjects), this workshop will:

  • feature presentations by scholars, experts, and journalists on the production and consumption of journalism and media throughout the world;
  • explore pedagogy and skill-building techniques to help educators and students become better consumers and producers of journalism; and
  • provide an introduction to relevant classroom resources.

Educators will explore the intersection of journalism and global studies from two major vantage points:

  • The ways journalism produced in US contexts and from US perspectives shapes understanding of events and communities inside and outside the US.
  • The ways journalism differs and remains the same in diverse global contexts.

The following questions will guide participants’ exploration:

  • How do the stories we tell, the forms and methods we use to tell them, and the contexts in which we tell them influence our worldview and the worldview of others?
  • What understandings of the purpose of journalism, if any, are shared worldwide? How do the purposes, methods, knowledge, and forms associated with journalism vary from place to place globally?
  • How does journalism empower and disempower people in different contexts, both global and local? As consumers and producers of journalism, how do we understand our potentialities, responsibilities, and vulnerabilities?  
  • As teachers, how can we better prepare our students to engage with journalism as the “literature of civic life”?

To support deep conversations around curriculum and pedagogy as well as content, we have partnered with Project Zero, a research group based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Guided by its mission to understand and enhance high-level thinking and learning across disciplines and cultures in schools internationally, Project Zero will help to provide the pedagogical underpinning for this year’s workshop, drawing upon its diverse research-based initiatives, including “Educating for Global Competence,” “Teaching for Understanding,” “Making Learning Visible” and “Making Thinking Visible.”

Participation in this program is determined through an application-based selection process.
The application deadline is April 15th. 
Click here to apply online. 
Email with any questions. 

The cost of participation in the workshop is $50. Unfortunately, Global Studies Outreach at Harvard cannot provide financial assistance for travel or lodging to workshop participants.

Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship (GtC) Program

Our summer workshops allow educators to work together over four intense days to understand a topic that has relevance across world regions. Participants are expected to take what they learn back to their classrooms to enrich and globalize their curriculum. Because of the interest and engagement of past participants in our programs and their stated desire to extend the conversation, we have developed the Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship Program (GtC Fellowship).

The GtC Fellowship allows a select group of workshop participants to remain connected to the Global Studies Outreach Committee and to each other as they take part in ongoing conversations and professional development on issues related to journalism and global studies throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. Additional professional development, devoted to both area studies and media studies content and pedagogical approaches, will primarily take place online, with a culminating in-person seminar to be scheduled in June 2017.

The GtC fellowship is meant to provide fellows a space where they can not only extend and deepen their understanding of the summer’s workshop topic (in this case, journalism through a global lens) but also document and share this work and expanded thinking with their students and fellow teachers. To that end, each GtC fellow must, during the course of the fellowship, develop a series of lesson plans that explore what they’ve learned through the workshop and fellowship, implement those lessons in their classroom, and reflect publicly upon this process, both for their own benefit and professional growth and for the benefit of other educators who may benefit from this reflection and the sharing of relevant resources.

Expectations of GtC Fellows

Globalizing the Classroom Fellows will be expected to:

  • Attend the 2016 summer workshop at Harvard in its entirety.
  • Attend all professional development, online and in person, during the fellowship year (approximately 5 webinars and 1 in-person meeting).
  • Develop a series of lesson plans devoted to global journalism that supports students’ learning about the world and learning how to learn about the world, that can be shared with other educators and thus become a resource for others seeking to globalize their classrooms. These lessons, which can be developed individually or in tandem with another GtC fellow, will build on the trainings provided and resources explored throughout the fellowship and will be workshopped with Harvard staff and other GtC fellows during the program. Each fellow’s approach should be tailored to his or her specific discipline, teaching environment, and personal curricular preferences. Reflection on the development and implementation of these lessons will provide others with ideas regarding how to build similar skills and explore similar content in their own classrooms.
  • Participate in online project check-in sessions with GtC staff to ensure that resource development is proceeding appropriately.

Fellowship Benefits

Each fellow will:

  • Receive a $500 honorarium upon successful completion of the fellowship program (including participation in professional development sessions/project check-ins and the completion and submission of the lesson plans and reflection document);
  • Be an official associate at a Harvard international center, which confers access to on-campus events (for local educators) and Harvard resources during fellowship year, including library privileges; and
  • Have opportunities to consult individually with area studies content staff as well as pedagogical experts at Project Zero.

Workshop and Fellowship Timeline

March 31, 2016 - Application deadline
April 15, 2016 - Workshop participants notified
April 20, 2016 - Fellowship finalists notified
May 6, 2016 - Workshop participants/fellows must confirm participation in program
August 1-4, 2016 - Journalism workshop @ Harvard
October 2016 - Fellows webinar*
November 2016 - Fellows webinar
December 2016 - Project check-in for GtC fellows
February 2017 - Fellows webinar
March 2017 - Fellows webinar
April 2017 - Project check-in for GtC fellows
May 2017 - Lesson plans and reflections due
June 2017 - End-of-program workshop (in-person)

*Please note that the dates/months of fellowship webinars are subject to change

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted online and are due March 31, 2016 for both the summer workshop and the GtC Fellowship Program.

Please note that this application consists of two parts. Those individuals who are ONLY interested in applying for the summer workshop need only complete part 1 of the application. Individuals who are interested in applying for both the workshop and the fellowship program must complete both parts of the application AND provide additional materials referenced below.

*Workshop applicants are not required to apply for the fellowship, but fellowship applicants are required to apply for, and if accepted, participate fully in the workshop in order to be eligible to participate in the fellowship program.*
Applicants to the 2016-2017 Globalizing the Classroom Fellowship are asked to upload the following additional materials:

  • Brief 1-2 page statement outlining why you would like to be considered for the GtC fellowship; please address the following questions: What experience and ideas do you bring to the program? What are your personal and professional goals for the fellowship year?
  • What channels do you have or would you like to build in order to share these new ideas (gained from workshop and fellowship) more broadly?
  • Sample lesson plan that you have used in class AND a 1-page reflective response indicating what you think went well with the lesson and what could be improved to enhance student understanding.
  • Resume
  • Letter of support from a teacher-peer or administrator within your network

*Please note: the online application does not allow you to save your work to complete it at a future date. If you are applying for the GtC Fellowship, we suggest that you only begin working on your online application once all of your supplementary materials are complete and saved as one PDF document.

The application deadline for BOTH the workshop and/or the fellowship is Thursday, March 31, 2016. All applicants will be notified in late April 2016.

Please click here to apply.

Questions about the workshop or fellowship program?  Email us at
Sponsored by the Asia Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for African Studies, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and Harvard’s Global Health Education & Learning Incubator; developed in collaboration with Project Zero, all of Harvard University.

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