Kavitha Surana (l) and Elizabeth Flock (r) in Thies, Senegal

Kavitha Surana (l) and Elizabeth Flock (r) in Thies, Senegal

GlobalBeat - Ben Dalton filming in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with deportees from the US

Ben Dalton filming in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with deportees from the US

Kelsey Doyle, Zoe Lake and Kristopher Brant prepare their shoot day in Rabat, Morocco

Kelsey Doyle, Zoe Lake and Kristopher Brant prepare their shoot day in Rabat, Morocco

Preparing to film with 360 degree camera in irradiated ruins of Pripyat, Ukraine

Preparing to film with 360 degree camera in irradiated ruins of Pripyat, Ukraine

 

GlobalBeat is the New York University Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute’s international in-field reporting program for Masters candidates. The class provides students with an immersive opportunity to travel overseas and report on topics including human rights, ethnicity, religion and international development. Borrowing from the “teaching hospital” model, students learn how to produce high-quality video journalism by working alongside professor Jason Maloney and his non-profit journalism organization the Bureau for International Reporting on one or more in-depth news segments for prominent American and international outlets. For seven weeks, students research and develop story angles, conduct pre-interviews and prepare logistics, both for the main television production and for stories of their own. During spring break, the students and professor Maloney travel to the location and film the complete report, as well as the student’s own projects. The remaining weeks of semester are spent transcribing, writing and editing, as well as completing any follow-up reporting.

In addition to the learning experience of working with a seasoned veteran of international video reporting, GlobalBeat offers the opportunity to earn valuable credits and clips with high profile media outlets, as demonstrated by four years in partnership with the flagship public television nightly program PBS NewsHour and with other partners like the New York Times and PBS FRONTLINE. And GlobalBeat is already producing journalism of the highest quality, as evidenced by an Emmy nomination and a Society for Professional Journalists student prize for its work in Senegal in 2014, a second place award in the series category at the Religion Newswriters Awards for its work in Morocco in 2015, and two nominations at the Online News Association awards for its work in Ukraine in 2016. The class is primarily focused on video reporting, but students have also been highly successful in publishing written articles with high profile outlets.


GlobalBeat 2018 – Northern Ireland

Emily Cameron (l) and Jesselyn Cook (r) visiting the Northern Ireland Assembly Buildings at Stormont

Emily Cameron (l) and Jesselyn Cook (r) visiting the Northern Ireland Assembly Buildings at Stormont

April 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement, which brought an end to the decades-long conflict known as the Troubles. GlobalBeat was there, from the streets of West Belfast to the rural lanes of County Fermanagh, to cover the various ways peace has impacted life across the region and also examine what fragilities remain. The signature report for PBS Newshour Weekend aired on April 8 and was backed by three student-lead videos on pbs.orgThese 360-degree, virtual reality reports were the first ever filmed on Northern Ireland’s conflict.

While on the island, GlobalBeat also sent a crew to Dublin to cover the run up to Ireland’s landmark popular referendum on abortion  This report was produced by students from NYU’s News and Documentary and Global Journalism programs, with faculty support, yet was the signature coverage by PBS on this important issue – a reminder of the way that GlobalBeat is not only an educational exercise, but also a public service enterprise that provides American viewers with vital news coverage that is otherwise uncovered.

Our team also published print reports: for the Intercept on the case of the Hooded Men; for the Financial Times on Belfast’s famous muralists; and for the Huffington Post on Ireland’s abortion debate.

Emily Cameron and Jesselyn Cook filming in the Ardoyne, Belfast Emily Cameron and Jesselyn Cook filming in the Ardoyne, Belfast
Rebecca Blandón filming with RCity, a cross-sectarian youth group in North Belfast Rebecca Blandón filming with RCity, a cross-sectarian youth group in North Belfast
Elle Luan filming in Unionist East Belfast Elle Luan filming in Unionist East Belfast
Rebecca Blandón and Stephen Groves prepare to interview Eric Brown of the South East Fermanagh Foundation Rebecca Blandón and Stephen Groves prepare to interview Eric Brown of the South East Fermanagh Foundation
Sinn Fein politician Máirtin Ó Muilleoir discusses expansion of the Irish language in Northern Ireland Sinn Fein politician Máirtin Ó Muilleoir discusses expansion of the Irish language in Northern Ireland

Two decades after peace pact, reconciliation still lags in Northern Ireland

Belfast peace walls form a ‘no man’s land’ in divided city

Youth program brings Northern Ireland’s Protestants and Catholics into conversation

Violence was rampant in Northern Ireland’s rural borderlands. Now, its victims are speaking up

Ireland has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. A vote this week could dial them back

Watch on PBS


GlobalBeat 2017 – Cambodia

GlobalBeat 2017: Cambodia Photo - Ayesha Shakya (l) and Olga Slobodchikova (r) set up 360 shot for report on deforestation

Ayesha Shakya (l) and Olga Slobodchikova (r) set up 360 shot for report on deforestation

In March 2017, GlobalBeat took its first trip to Asia, to cover a series of topics in Cambodia. We continued our partnership with PBS NewsHour, airing reports on former Cambodian refugees struggling to adapt to life back in Southeast Asia after being deported from the United States, and on Cambodia’s epidemic of land grabs and forced evictions. We also continued our specialization on 360 “virtual reality” reporting, started in Ukraine in 2016, with reports on the legacy of genocide (with a new media partner, the New York Times) and an immersive look inside an eclectic community development in the heart of Phnom Penh, slated for demolition to make way for luxury condominiums. Final 360 reports on deforestation and Cambodia’s Muslim Cham minority are still in production. Our 2017 trip was our most diverse in terms of departmental participation with students from 6 of our 9 concentrations: Global Journalism, News and Documentary, Studio 20, Literary Reportage, Reporting the Nation and Science, Health and Environmental Reporting.

Deported from U.S., Cambodians Fight Immigration Policy

As Cambodia’s Economy Grows, Low-Income Residents Left Behind

This Historic Cambodian Building, Set for Demolition, Is a City Within a City

Genocide’s Legacy” A Museum in a Khmer Rouge Prison

Watch on NY Times >


GlobalBeat 2016 – Ukraine

Frontline and NYU Present Chernobyl VR Doc

GlobalBeat broke new ground by being the first crew to produce VR (virtual reality) journalism at Chernobyl. Return to Chernobyl premiered with PBS FRONTLINE on April 26, the 30th anniversary of the world’s largest nuclear disaster. It reached more than two million viewers in just a few days and remains one of the more talked-about works of VR journalism. The report earned two nominations at the Online News Association awards.

This Chernobyl reporting was just part of GlobalBeat’s work in Ukraine. The team reported major segments for broadcast on PBS Newshour on the country’s reform process two years after the revolution, a look at the plight of the Crimean Tatars, displaced after Russia’s annexation of their land and the struggle of the country’s LGBTQ community, already marginalized and now displaced by war.

NYU GlobalBeat in Ukraine

Veda Shastri filming in Ukrainian Parliament

Students also published written pieces on Chernobyl for The Nation, on Lviv’s Jewish History for Haaretz, and on LGBT reform for NYU’s Journal of Political Inquiry.

Two years into New Regime, Grim Realities Persist in Ukraine

 

Crimean Muslim Refugees Feel Welcome, but There’s No Place Like Home

 

Students also published written pieces on LGBT Rights for IBTimes, on Chernobyl for The Nation, on Lviv’s Jewish History for Haaretz, and on LGBT reform for NYU’s Journal of Political Inquiry.


GlobalBeat 2015 – Morocco

Zoe Lake, Madeline Gressel, Kelsey Doyle and Khadija Boukharfane, outside the Imam Training Center, Rabat, Morocco

Zoe Lake, Madeline Gressel, Kelsey Doyle and Khadija Boukharfane, outside the Imam Training Center, Rabat, Morocco

 

GlobalBeat’s reporting trip to Morocco was prolific, resulting in four major video reports for PBS NewsHour on: an innovative program using women as religious leaders, a look at problems with international adoption, a profile of globally lauded efforts in confronting regional radicalism, and a profile of Casablanca’s shrinking Jewish community. The series is a finalist in Enterprise Reporting at the 2016 Religion Newswriters Association’s Religion Reporting Excellence awards. The entirely student-reported segment on Morocco’s Jewish community was a finalist at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards.

 

Zoe Lake filming in the Imam Training Center, Rabat, Morocco

Zoe Lake filming in the Imam Training Center, Rabat, Morocco

 

Morocco Trains Female Spiritual Guides to Fight Extremism and Empower Women

 

Strict Adoption Rules in Morocco Leaves Orphans Without Hope

 

Morocco Trains Malian Imams to Fight Extremism

 

In Morocco, Muslims and Jews Study Side-by-Side but for How Long?

 

Morocco

Thaila Beaty, Khadija Boukharfane and Maggy Donaldson, Rabat, Morocco

 

Students also published written reports on refugees for Al Jazeera and Deutsche Welle, on housing for Quartz, on human rights and trade for Public Radio International (PRI) and Mashable.


GlobalBeat 2014 – Senegal

GlobalBeat Senegal

GlobalBeat debuted in 2014 with a trip to Senegal, resulting in two prominent pieces on PBS NewsHour: an important look at forced begging by children, and an entirely student-reported video on Senegal’s promising gender parity laws. The joint report earned a National News and Documentary Emmy nomination for Best Feature Story – one of the highest honors in professional journalism. The student report won the National Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Mel Bailey, St Louis, Senegal

Mel Bailey, St Louis, Senegal

 

In Senegal, Thousands of Young Boys Forced into Begging System for Koranic Study

 

Breakthrough Law Strives to Bring Gender Equality to Senegal’s Government


What’s Next?

Initial research is underway to determine GlobalBeat’s destination for March 2018. Early ideas span the globe, from Sri Lanka to Northern Ireland. More information will be available at our Fall info session, October 5, 7pm, 7th floor commons.

 

GlobalBeat is supported through the generosity of:

New York University
New York University Curricular Development Challenge Fund
The Marc Haas Foundation
The Henry Luce Foundation
The Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund