Jerusalem 2011


With senior Middle East correspondents:

LINDA GRADSTEIN, Georgetown University lecturer, NPR contributor

ILENE PRUSHER, NYU-Tel Aviv lecturer, former Christian Science Monitor reporter

WAFA AMR, formerly Reuters Senior Correspondent

Deadline to Apply April 16th – Space is Limited – So Apply Now!

May 31th– June 29th, 2011    6 CREDITS    $4,995

Internship Credit Available!


The best way to learn about journalism is to start reporting, and the best way to learn about conflict resolution is to see it up-close. In Jerusalem, you can do both. A team of senior journalists including Linda Gradstein, NPR’s Jerusalem correspondent for more than 20 years, Ilene Prusher, the former Christian Science Monitor bureau chief and Wafa Amr, former Reuters special correspondent, will give you daily reporting assignments that will take you to all corners of Israel and Palestine.  The course will include weekly field trips to media outlets and organizations that work in Arab-Jewish cooperation.  Students will learn how to develop sources, conduct interviews and produce radio and print stories.

This course will provide students, researchers and practitioners the opportunity to immerse themselves in the multi-layered and contradictory narratives of Israelis and Palestinians. The program modules go beyond the headlines to address themes that add context and depth, including religion, economics and scarcity of natural resources. Through a four-week program of seminars, fieldwork and reporting assignments, students will explore the many facets of culture and conflict in the Middle East, trying to sort out why they command the world’s attention and whether peace is more than a dream and a slogan.


Linda Gradstein was NPR correspondent in Jerusalem for more than 20 years. She won several prizes, including the Overseas Press Club Award, and has taught journalism at Georgetown University and South Carolina’s College of Charleston.  

Ilene Prusher was a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor since 1999, based in Tokyo, Istanbul and Jerusalem. She was the recipient of a United Nations Correspondents’ Club Award in 1998 for her coverage of post-war Somalia and teaches journalism at New York University’s program in Tel Aviv and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Wafa Amr is a former senior Reuters correspondent specializing in Palestinian affairs who now freelances and trains journalists in the West Bank.  She lives in Ramallah and is currently completing a book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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APPLICATION PROCESS: In order to be eligible for the course in the Jerusalem,  participants must submit a CV (or resume), a personal statement of no more than one page explaining why they want to participate  and a photocopy of their passport to Nawal Rajeh, CRDC Office Manager at



Program fee includes double-occupancy hotel lodging; daily breakfast; in-country ground transportation; cultural excursions; course trainers and speakers costs; Tuition for 6 Credits (CONF 385*, 399*, 694 or 695); but NOT international airfare.


Covering Conflict in Jerusalem is open to all Mason and Non-Mason bachelors, Ms and Ph.D students for 6 credits and to non-students as a professional development seminar.  Mason students can take the course as CONF 385*, 399* or 694 or 695.  The suggested format for ICAR students is: 3 credits of 695 (Elective) and 3 credits of 694 (Internship).  The suggested format for CAR students is 3 credits of 385 (Field Experience) and 3 credits of 399 (Special Topics).  ICAR students may also use this course for 6 credits of internship.  Other options may be available – check with your advisor.

*Please check with your advisor

Don’t miss this great opportunity to get real field experience in journalism!

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