MCOMM 180: International Journalism Fieldwork

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Program Dates

December 27, 2013–January 12, 2014

Program Overview

       SJSU Journalism Assoc. Prof. Diane Guerrazzi will offer a special seminar on documentary making, focusing on the processes of research, finding focus, development of plot and characters.

       Maggy Zanger, Journalism Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona, will offer a course entitled “Reporting the Middle East,” to prepare students to work in Oman and Dubai. Specifically, students will study and research the history, society, economy and politics of Duabi and Oman; establish contacts in those countries and conduct background to prepare for reporting.

Country Facts

Visit the CIA World Factbook page on the UAE and Oman for general information about geography, people, government, economy, transportation, and more.

Academic Program

MCOMM 180, Independent Study (3 units)

        Students in this program will learn to work as a journalist abroad while learning to understand and appreciate Arab culture in all its diversity.  Students will spend 5 days in Dubai and 11 days in Oman.  Before departing for the trip, San Jose students will Skype into Prof. Zanger’s class for at least four sessions to prepare them to work in the Middle East; Arizona students will Skype with SJSU students to learn the basics of creating a documentary.


The intended audiences for recruitment are students who are studying (but not limited to) Journalism & Mass Communications, Radio/TV/Film, Political Science, Middle Eastern Studies, Art/Art History, and International Business and Hospitality/Recreation/Tourism.

Accommodation, Safety, and Visas

       During this program students will stay at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. 

       Visas are easily obtainable for US citizens upon arrival at all entry points to Dubai and Oman. According to the US State Department, there have been no instances in which US citizens or facilities in Oman have been subject to terrorist attacks. Violent crime is rare in the UAE as well. In November 2010, the United Nations Development Programme listed Oman, from among 135 countries worldwide, as the nation most-improved during the preceding 40 years. According to international indices, Oman is one of the most developed and stable countries in the Arab world.

Program Leader

Diane Guerrazzi, Journalism and Mass Comm.
(408) 924-3272

Estimated Costs

Lodging, food, ground transportation, and airfare


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