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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Backpack Journalism

 The Murrow Backpack Journalism Program provides a unique opportunity for the most accomplished students in the college to travel abroad and work in an international environment. Funded by generous alumni and donors, backpack journalism trips enable us to send students to destinations such as Nepal, Greece, Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Costa Rica, China, Sri Lanka and others. 

Students equipped with the latest video, audio and web technology produce multimedia content suitable for publication by media outlets. Backpack Journalism students experience the challenges and benefits of international travel, may have their work published by professional media and enrich their academic and professional lives. 

The Backpack Journalism destination for March 2023 is Nairobi, Kenya.

Students will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, to report stories on research being conducted by WSU researchers into emerging infectious diseases. They will visit WSU Global Health/Kenya, a part of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health, in Nairobi and learn about progress made in attacking specific zoonotic diseases, which are diseases that transfer from animals to humans.





Hearts in Motion – March 2023 – Guatemala 

Along with a group of Washington State University healthcare students, selected Murrow student(s) will be working with the non-profit organization Hearts in Motion in Guatemala. Hearts in Motion is focused on imparting medical care and support to “children, families, and communities through its programs and sponsorship in the U.S. and Central and South America.” Murrow students will participate in this program in a promotional capacity. Students will participate in the program, as directed by the leaders, but also will complete promotional materials, including press releases, photography, videography or other, depending on interest/training/skillset.

More information about Hearts in Motion: FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=9177


Are you a certified student in any major within the Murrow College of Communication?
Do you have multimedia production skills?
Are you interested in international travel?
Do you have a strong work ethic?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, then you should apply for these amazing opportunities. 

Interested Murrow Students DO NOT need to complete the Pre-Screening Application through International Programs.
They DO need to complete THIS application.

Application deadline: Wednesday, September 28th, 2022, at 11:59 pm. 

Mailing Address*
(Students graduating in December 2022 do not qualify for this program.)
(i.e., Strategic Communication, major in Public Relations.)
Do you have a valid passport?*
(If Applicable)

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Which experience(s) would you like to be considered for?*
Selected students can only participate in one (1) BPJ experience each academic year.

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