Journalism Without Walls

Journalism Without Walls is a unique educational experience offered by Stony Brook University School of Journalism. The program gives students the opportunity to report stories from beyond the limitations of the campus community.

The hands-on, practical experience enriches students with a broader, deeper understanding of the world around them. The Marie Colvin Travel Fellowship will help to vastly expand the program, giving more public school students the opportunity to go on these invaluable reporting trips.

Here are their latest stories.

Cars in Cuba

JOURNALISM WITHOUT WALLS: CUBA 2018

In January, the Journalism Without Walls program went to Cuba for the third time. Six students and two professors travelled to Havana and Trinidad and filed these multimedia reports from the island nation.
Santeria shrine

CUBA: 2018

Santería: an old religion in the new Cuba

An estimated 70 percent of Cubans practice some form of Santería, an Afro-Caribbean religion derived based in natural elements. But some practitioner say their religion is not always respected, or understood.
Manari

ECUADOR: 2017

Manari Ushigua and the weight of the world

The leader of the Sápara nation has become the Sáparas’ link to the Western world, tasked with guiding his people to safety in a country that would see their territory scoured for oil.

KOREA: 2016

Studying Lifestyle of Hardship in Korea

In many ways, South Korea today remains a place still wedded to ancient Confucian values. One of the most important is a respect for learning and the learned. Few things are more honorable.
Manari

ECUADOR: 2017

Melding medical traditions: Western surgery, rainforest plants

An untreatable snake bite in 1988 marked the beginning of a compromise between modern Western medicine and the Sápara people

For the peoples of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin, voting has a catch

Voting is mandatory in Ecuador. Whether the nearest voting station is down the block or a days-long trek through the jungle, the government doesn’t care. Only the vote matters, and the punishment for failing to vote is severe.

Bangalore 2015: The wildlife of Nagarhole National Park

The Kabini River Lodge, named for the Kabini River along which it sits, is 140 miles away from the bustle of Bangalore. The lodge gives guests a glimpse of Indian wildlife in its natural habitat.

China 2014: Comrades Around a Communal Table

Catherine Ayscue
Food has always been important to the Chinese—some time ago, “Have you eaten?” was used as a way of greeting, a way to ask, “How are you?” Now the phrase has mostly fallen out of use, but food maintains its significance in the culture.

Cubans Are Ready for Change

By Ivana Stolnik
A year after President Barack Obama’s historic announcement that the United States would begin to restore relations with Cuba, a lot of things have changed. But the onerous economic blockade remains. The effect of that U.S. policy continues to cripple the Cuban economy.

So Near and Yet So Far

Kyle Barr
The tourists who come to the Korean Demilitarized Zone are drawn in with the promise of a tangible glimpse into the state of North Korea.

North Koreans Treated as Second Class

Cosette Nuñez
In a country where North Korean Refugees are treated as second class citizens, the Duam School embraces them.

From Tourist to Tour Guide

Briana Lionetti, Rick Ricioppo
In 2012, Chris Cloonan visited Cuba with the SOJ's Journalism Without Walls program. and is now a tour guide there.

Seoul Subways a Joy

Jessica Chin and Chereese Cross
Though Seoul’s subway system is much smaller in than New York's, it gives its bigger population a more comfortable and efficient experience.

Korean Wave Hits the West

Dyondra Wilson
In the past five years, Korean pop music, soap operas and movies have been spreading worldwide.

Sewol Ferry Tragedy Remains Unsolved

Taylor Ha
Koreans are petitioning the government to atone for the failed rescue attempt of the Sewol Ferry.

Gwangjang, a 100-Year-Old Market, Continues to Thrive

Taylor Ha
Gwangjang Market currently holds approximately 1,500–2,000 vendors who sell Korean traditional food, clothing, and medicine.

Ancient Korean Folk Opera Lives on

Jessica Chin & Taylor Ha

JWW TRIPS ABROAD

Cars in Cuba

JOURNALISM WITHOUT WALLS: CUBA 2018

In January, the Journalism Without Walls program went to Cuba for the third time. Six students and two professors travelled to Havana and Trinidad and filed these multimedia reports from the island nation.
Manari

ECUADOR: 2017

Manari Ushigua and the weight of the world

The leader of the Sápara nation has become the Sáparas’ link to the Western world, tasked with guiding his people to safety in a country that would see their territory scoured for oil.
Manari

ECUADOR: 2017

Melding medical traditions: Western surgery, rainforest plants

An untreatable snake bite in 1988 marked the beginning of a compromise between modern Western medicine and the Sápara people

For the peoples of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin, voting has a catch

Voting is mandatory in Ecuador. Whether the nearest voting station is down the block or a days-long trek through the jungle, the government doesn’t care. Only the vote matters, and the punishment for failing to vote is severe.