Human Rights News Network

San Jose State University’s Human Rights Institute (SJSU HRI) is developing a Human Rights Journalism program and a Human Rights News Network in conjunction with SJSU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC). The program includes human rights reporting classes which are designed to educate students about international human rights law and to impart practical skills for reporting on human rights violations in the United States and abroad. The human rights reporting courses will develop original news content for the HRNN, report on the research and advocacy sections of the HRI, and monitor and republish human rights news and information from a variety of human rights and social justice organizations.

The curriculum teaches students how to analyze and use human rights laws, conventions, monitoring mechanisms, and data in news stories. Education in international human rights law will help journalists apply a rights-based approach to their stories, and develop thoughtful and contextualized stories about such issues in their communities. Journalists help promote both consciousness and conscience about human rights through the stories they choose, the context they provide, and the ways they tell the story.