Last week, 20 university students from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka stopped by the International Examiner offices to learn about the history of the 40-year-old newspaper and its functions as a community newspaper in Seattle’s International District. Editor Travis Quezon also engaged in a conversation with the students about news media in South Asia. Students explained how news radio exists in place of community newspapers in many regions due to a lack of printing presses and a low literacy rate in agricultural areas. Other students pointed to the proliferation of online news and the active participation of young people in journalism in other regions.
The students are visiting Seattle for an intensive exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS). The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders in Journalism and New Media gives young journalism students an opportunity to explore reporting and media in a cross-cultural context while participating in volunteer service activities, leadership development workshops, and cultural excursions.
On Thursday, July 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Street Bean Espresso, SUSI students will present a showcase about their experiences reporting on stories in Seattle and in their home countries. This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be moderated by Sarah Stuteville and Jessica Partnow of The Seattle Globalist.
SUSI students public showcase
Thursday, July 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Street Bean Espresso
2702 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121