Reporting War & Peace in Okinawa

Your first assignment as a foreign correspondent

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.

A group of students interview a woman.

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.

Student work

Students from the 2017 class published their stories in international publications.

U.S. Military Battles with Local Media Over Base Issues in Okinawa

By Daniel Metz in Diplomatic Courier

Read Metz’s story

Northernmost Dugong Population Threatened by US Military Base

By Leah Carter in Earth Island Journal

Read Carter’s story