2011 Makhanda (formally Grahamstown), South Africa & Syracuse, New York

  • 9 Students
  • 2 Professors
  • Collaborative written and visual storytelling
  • Website produced and archived

Nine students enrolled in the Newhouse School’s Urban Affairs Reporting course in Fall 2010 traveled to Grahamstown, South Africa, to report there. That’s the “Grahamstown” piece of this project.

During the semester the students wrote stories for The Stand monthly newspaper and website, which serves the South Side of Syracuse. While they did that, they also produced content for the “South Side” piece of the website. In addition, before they left they interviewed each other about what they expected to find in Grahamstown and learn from the trip. On the students’ pages, they discuss their expectations in the video pieces. They wrote about the experience when they returned to Syracuse, and those short reflections are posted as well.

The “big idea” behind all of this: To produce video profiles of the residents of two similar cities on opposite sides of the globe. Our students found that while the cities were a world apart, the people were not. People—indeed—have a great deal in common. They hope to live well, so that others who follow will live better.

(Photo by multimedia photography & design student Mackenzie Reiss.)