Day 1: An Introduction to Journalism

Today was our first day of Field Academy. While many of our friends were already jetting around the globe, the Greece Field Academy settled into our home on campus in order to prepare for our travels. Our focus for the day was an introduction to journalism and Greece and the students explored topics such as story structure, writing ledes, interviewing techniques, and brainstorming possible story ideas.

We also met with Micah Danney, a journalist who has traveled overseas to Israel and Palestine to report on issues in that region. He discussed with our students some tips that they could use on the ground in Greece. We learned how to ask questions on difficult subjects and Micah’s process for writing a story.

Finally, we started to look at some of the issues that we will be learning about while in Greece – mainly the global refugee crisis. We viewed a part of the film The Human Flow by Ai Weiwei, which discusses the impacts and origins of the mass migration of people that is currently happening throughout the world.

Just 48 hours until we leave!