12 Schools, 1 Newscast: BU Takes Up Baton in Global News Relay

Boston University journalism students joined 11 other schools from six countries around the world to produce a sports-themed newscast that hit the airwaves live on March 18, 2016. Anchors at Fresno Sate University in Fresno, California, tossed the baton to teams in Boston and across the US, as well as in England, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Bulgaria and Lebanon as part of the Global News Relay. (Tip: To view the BU segment scroll up to 1:40:16.)

The relay is a collaborative project which connects journalism students internationally to bring attention to important events and issues. This year’s stories focused on the theme “Sports in Our Community.” The goal was to provide an in-depth look at cultural influences that affect participation in sports.

The students produced an eclectic mix of stories ranging from a  report on a Jedi exercise class and “soapy football,” to minority representation in sports, childhood obesity, and wheelchair tennis.

The Global News Relay was founded in 2014. For the second year, Fresno State hosted and organized the event. Last year’s newscast focused on poverty.

BU professor Frank Shorr, who teaches sports journalism, coordinated BU’s contribution to the newscast.

List of participating schools:

  1. Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom
  2. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  3. University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
  4. Manipal University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  5. Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  6. American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
  7. Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
  8. West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas
  9. Rafik Hariri University, Lebanon
  10. Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  11. Macleay College, Surry Hills, Australia
  12. Fresno State, Fresno, California

For more information, visit Global News Relay Website or see the project’s Global News Relay Facebook page.

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