Reporting War and Peace in Okinawa

Go on a reporting mission to Okinawa to tell the stories of the effect of U.S. military presence on this Japanese island. Reporting War and Peace in Okinawa is a four-credit, semester-long course during spring semester that trains students in international reporting. The class includes spring break travel to the island of Okinawa, Japan.

Taught by professor of practice Joe Coleman, former Tokyo bureau chief for the Associated Press, the course will introduce students to the tools and methods of foreign correspondents, with particular attention to coverage of Asia, a rapidly growing and increasingly dynamic – and turbulent – part of the world. Students will learn about U.S.-Japanese relations, the U.S. military posture in Asia, Okinawan culture and the reporting of war memory.

Students will produce feature reports on interviews with Okinawa residents, U.S. officials in Japan, survivors of the Battle of Okinawa and activists. Students will use text, still photos, audio and video produced into multimedia packages presented on the Media School’s website and other publication outlets.

To apply for the course, you must:

  • be on track to be a sophomore by credit hours (30 hours completed) by the end of fall 2016 semester.
  • have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • be on track to be admitted to The Media School by the end of the fall 2016 semester. (Students in legacy majors who have been admitted to the College are considered to have fulfilled this requirement.)
  • be on track to have completed JOUR-J200 or MSCH-C225 by the end of the fall 2016 semester. Instructor will consider other production/reporting courses to be substituted as a prerequisite on a case-by-case basis.

Master’s degree students also may be eligible to take the class for graduate credit. Contact Audrie Osterman, director of experiential education, at for more information.

The Media School provides a scholarship to all students admitted to this course to lower the course fee assessed for travel.

  • Full program costs: $3,600
  • Scholarship: $1,150
  • Course fee after scholarship: $2,450

The course fee covers round-trip transportation from Bloomington, lodging, all required activities, health insurance and some meals. We recommend students also have at least $400 available during the trip to cover meals and personal expenses. These expenses can be reduced through other scholarships and grants, such as the Hutton International Experiences grant.


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