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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 (in teams of two) to destinations such as Nepal, Greece, Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Costa Rica, China, Sri Lanka and others.

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.

Uruguay 2020

The Backpack Journalism destination for March 2020 is Uruguay.

Students will be traveling to Uruguay to report on a sustainable agriculture farm developed by two WSU graduates (a married couple). They took what they learned here at WSU and moved their family to Uruguay to put it into practice. Working with the local community and other local farmers, they teach others about best practices in sustainable living and sustainable farming. This trip will focus on stories about sustainability and we will visit other farms and sites around the region to see other projects.

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*Destination subject to change.

Dakar 2018

The March 2018 trip to the Dakar Road Rally was a great success for all involved. Students Cody Cottier, Jacob Granneman, Shannon Heckt and Luke Hollister traveled with the Edward R. College of Communication to Argentina to shoot the Dakar Road Rally final stages. According to Granneman, “It was a harsh, insane and adrenaline filled ride. Dakar is the longest, hardest, most dangerous, most intense, rally race in the world.” The work they accomplished while on this trip captures the essence of the Dakar experience.

See their work here.

Motorcycle at Dakar
Jonathan Nevado, a Spanish racer at Dakar, rides the last parts of stage 11. Photo by Luke Hollister

Recent Student Work