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2017 Summer Institute for Educators

Global Competency at Work: Practicing International Journalism at the Local Level


June 26–27, 2017 | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
University of Chicago
Saieh Hall 203
1160 E. 58th Street

This two-day professional development workshop brought together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital educational resources created by Pulitzer Center and UChicago to address the incorporation of current global issues in the classroom. The program  included a combination of presentations and hands-on curriculum building activities. Participants left with the tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on these issues. Intended for elementary through community college educators (K–14), the Summer Institute was open to all interested parties.

Attendees earned up to 12 PD hours by completing the Institute.

In providing this professional development opportunity for local educators, we hope all Institute participants:

  • Discovered reporting to share with their students and created (or will create) a plan to bring that reporting into their curricula
  • Developed a plan for connecting a Pulitzer Center journalist with students over Skype
  • Feel comfortable exploring the Pulitzer Center site for additional reporting that can be used to further students’ learning goals
  • Explored ways to use journalism to teach research skills, text analysis skills, media literacy skills and global competency skills

We invited educators to consider the follwing guiding questions before, during, and after the Institute:

  • How interested are my students in global issues?
  • Why is it important for students to investigate global issues? What are the barriers to connecting students with global issues, and how do we overcome those barriers?
  • How are my students accessing the news?
  • How can my students positively contribute to the global media landscape as both consumers and producers of online content?

Kathryn Carlson

Kathryn Carlson is an American video producer at National Geographic Magazine, working alongside photographers and journalists to tell compelling, sensitive, and important stories from around the world. Prior to starting at National Geographic in 2013, Kathryn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism, specializing in digital documentary film making. As a video producer, she works both in the field and in the edit suite, trying to piece together the intricate web of narratives. So far, she has worked on more than 100 videos for National Geographic’s digital platforms, including a video interactive called “The New Europeans” which documents the experiences and identities of immigrants and refugees throughout Europe.

Steve Elfers

Steve Elfers has been a visual storyteller for 27 years and has covered military conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Somalia. Steve is the managing editor of multimedia for USA Today, where he helps lead the photo, video, and audio operations. Steve’s still photography has appeared in TimeNewsweek and numerous books and newspapers. His video work has aired on CNN, NBC, CBS, the Discovery Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. Steve teaches multimedia workshops for the National Press Photographers Association and photojournalism classes at George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

Zach Fannin

Zach Fannin is a freelance producer, editor, and cameraperson who has worked for PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera, Vice News, Vocativ/MSNBC, News Corp, Bloomberg TV, and The Daily Beast. Prior to his freelance work, he was a producer and editor at ABC News for close to a decade, working primarily for the flagship evening news show, World News Tonight. At ABC, Fannin was the recipient of both an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Alfred I. duPont Award. Since 2012, he has chosen an entrepreneurial path towards journalism, reporting on international stories not usually covered by U.S. news organizations. Fannin has been able to create work entirely on his own: pitching, developing, producing, shooting, editing, and writing. He was the first American journalist to raise questions about a series of extrajudicial killings of Muslim clerics in Kenya and he reported exclusively on a Kenyan human rights document that detailed abuse of ethnic Somalis across Kenya. Subsequent to his reporting, this document was released publicly. He has embedded with Nigeria’s army in its fight against Boko Haram and with Kenya’s militarized police as they fought to curb radicalism in the coastal city of Mombasa. He has created video reports from southern Russia, including conflict zones in Chechnya and Dagestan. He has reported from 11 countries in the past three years.

Gary Marcuse

Gary Marcuse is an independent journalist and filmmaker based in Vancouver. With background in environmental planning and fine arts, he has written and directed several films about the emergence of environmental movements around the world. He is a former programming executive for CBC Television in Vancouver (2004–2008) and the former chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada.

Fareed Mostoufi

Fareed Mostoufi is part of the education team at Pulitzer Center, where he focuses on designing classroom resources and connecting journalists to students. He has been a freelance curriculum writer for Pulitzer Center for several years, but he joins the team after working for nearly four years as a theater artist and educator in the Community Engagement department at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. While at Arena, Fareed devised and directed original, autobiographical plays with communities in Washington D.C., Peru, India, and Croatia that explored violence, health, and identity. Before that, Fareed taught ESL and Spanish in D.C. Public Schools. As a recipient of a 2009 Fulbright Scholarship to Argentina, he also taught culture, literature, and playwriting at a teachers’ college in San Miguel de Tucumán. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education there, he created the workshop Drama Techniques for English Language Learners, which was presented to more than 400 teachers in the Tucumán province. Fareed received his BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University in 2008 and his MA in Teaching from American University in 2012. He is passionate about social justice and is a firm believer in the power of storytelling to cultivate empathy.

Brent Renaud & Craig Renaud

Brent Renaud and his brother Craig Renaud are Peabody Award winning documentary filmmakers, television producers, and film programmers living and working in New York City and Little Rock, Arkansas. The Renaud brothers’ work has taken them around the world to many of the conflict and hot zones of the last decade, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, the drug war in Mexico, and the political turmoil in Egypt. Their films, and television shows have won awards including a Peabody, an IDA Award for Best TV Series, two Overseas Press Club Awards, two Columbia Dupont Awards, and an Edward R. Murrow award for their work with The New York Times.

Lauren Shepherd

Lauren Shepherd is part of the education team at the Pulitzer Center, working to engage students at the K–12 and post-secondary levels with global journalism, community awareness, and reporting skills. In California, she worked as a freelance journalist, covering education, the arts, and local politics for outlets including the Orange County RegisterPatch.com, and the New University. Writing these articles has shaped the way Lauren relates to members of her community as well as farther reaches of the globe. She is passionate about illustrating the lives of educators, first-generation students, and communities indigenous to California. Lauren graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Literary Journalism. Her previous experience has provided her a view into the role that narrative nonfiction might play in raising awareness about human rights issues.

Katherine Zoepf

Katherine Zoepf is a fellow at the New America Foundation. Her first book, Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World, comes out this month. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York Observer, International Herald TribuneChronicle of Higher EducationThe New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere.

Schedule & Resources

JUNE 26 • Day 1

8:30-9:00 AM   Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM   Remarks from University of Chicago Staff

9:15-9:45 AM   Introduction and Welcome Activities

Fareed Mostoufi & Lauren Shepherd (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

9:45-10:45 AM   “Widows in Uganda and India”

Kathryn Carlson (Video Producer, National Geographic Magazine)

10:45-11:00 AM   Coffee break

11:00-12:00 PM   “The Global Impacts of Depleted Groundwater Resources”

Steve Elfers (Visual Storyteller)

12:00-12:15 PM   Reflection—Think, Pair, Share examining curricular connections to the first two speakers

12:15-1:00 PM   Working Lunch (Kathryn and Steve available to answer questions)

1:00-1:45 PM   “Exploring Pulitzer Center Reporting”

Fareed Mostoufi (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

1:45-2:45 PM   “Using Multimedia to Report on Political Unrest in Russia”

Zach Fannin (Freelance Producer, Editor, and Cameraperson)

2:45-3:30 PM   Bringing Global Issues into the Classroom—Introducing the Pulitzer Center’s Lesson Builder 

3:30-3:45 PM   Closing Reflection and Evaluations


JUNE 27 • Day 2

9:00-9:15 AM   Breakfast

9:15-9:45 AM   Reflection on Day 1 and Brainstorming Connection to Curriculum

Fareed Mostoufi (Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

9:45-10:45 AM   “Intersections—Religion and Environment in China”

Gary Marcuse (Independent Journalist & Filmmaker)

10:45-11:00 AM   Coffee break

11:00-12:15 PM   “Beyond Borders” Lesson

12:15-1:00 PM   Lunch

1:00-1:30 PM   Bringing Reporting Skills into the Classroom

1:30-2:30 PM   “Women’s Voices from Saudi Arabia”

Katherine Zoepf (Fellow, New America Foundation)

2:30-2:40 PM   Coffee break

2:40-3:30 PM   Reporting workshop with Katherine Zoepf

3:30-3:45 PM   Closing and surveys

The 2017 Summer Institute for Educators was co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Neighborhood Schools Program, and presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.