Recognizing the Use of Journalism to Enhance Education Abroad Pre-Departure Preparations

An example of the winner's Instagram posts, demonstrating news content from ChinaThe Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to wrap up its celebration of International Education Week 2019 by announcing the winners of this year’s New York Times inEducation Award for Innovation in Education Abroad, an award that recognizes the year’s most original, creative example of how The New York Times news, content, and archives can be used to enhance education abroad learning before, during, or after the education abroad experience.

This year’s winning submission came from Amy Dooling and Lauren O’Leary of Connecticut College’s Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement, who discovered in re-entry surveys that students weren’t learning about their host culture as much as they would have liked before traveling abroad for an educational experience. To fill this gap, they’re turning to New York Times coverage, which they plan to share on Instagram under the hashtag #CamelsAbroad, to share content about regions where their students are preparing to study abroad. They hope that this initiative will not only help students prepare themselves for their sojourns abroad, but also help students make the connection between keeping up with current socio-political events and global citizenship and establish a lifelong habit of reading The New York Times and other news sources.

Dooling and O’Leary will be featured on The New York Times’ inEducation website in the coming weeks. They will also receive a $500 cash prize. Read more about their social media initiative and view all of the interesting ideas submitted for the award in the Education Abroad Digital Resource Center, a Forum member resource.

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