Journey to Uganda

May 12th, 2008 Posted in Trip News | 6 Comments »

KAMPALA, Uganda — Our journey to Africa is just one day old and already our students are finding, to their delight, that journalism is all about new discoveries and interesting people.

The printouts from three months of Internet research that preceded this African adventure remain buried in their suitcases as the students breathe in the wonders of an environment so different from their own, but also so familiar. Read the rest of this entry »


May 9th, 2008 Posted in Trip News | 2 Comments »


Not the kind of signpost you see every day…

Arrived in Kampala

May 9th, 2008 Posted in Trip News | 6 Comments »

After six hours on a bus, eight hours on a plane to Dubai, another six hours to Nairobi, a nearly missed flight, another hour to Entebbe, and many hours in airports… the Shantou U J-school Africa class has arrived in Uganda!

 The group has arrived (and more or less collapsed) at the Speke Hotel, a 1930s style outpost of elegance, in the center of Kamapla.

 Despite the exhaustion, spirits are very high. On the bus ride into town, there were cheers from the students at every sign with “Uganda” written on it.

And no wonder. Initial impressions are of a stunning country — green rolling hills over Georgia-red clay, with Lake Victoria always in the backdrop somewhere.

 We will rest and recover this afternoon, then begin to explore later today…

Kick Off to Africa

May 1st, 2008 Posted in Trip News | 1 Comment »

The Shantou University J-School’s trip to Africa kicks off Monday May 5th with a lecture at 7 pm in E 202.

Peter Arnett will speak about his Africa experiences and show footage from his reporting from Ethiopia in the 1980s.  Arnold Zeitlin, aformer AP reporter who began his career in Africa, and two guests from Ghana living in Guangzhou will answer questions in a panel discussion. Student reporting teams will give presentations on the stories they have researched and what they hope to accomplish in Uganda and Ghana.