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February 1, 2016

Meet Connor Hyde, February GCJD Alumni of the Month

Connor Hyde is this month’s GCJD Alumni of the Month. Hyde is currently working as a market reporter at Argus Media where his job is to research market dynamics, write market news, and assess prices for various agricultural commodities.

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January 20, 2016

GCJD Welcomes Spring 2016 Intern, Grace Ngo

GCJD welcomes Grace Ngo, who has been chosen as the Spring 2016 intern. Interns play a vital role at GCJD and are engaged in many aspects of center business. Grace is a Mass Communication major with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She is socially conscious and is dedicated to serving the community through her involvement with the Girl Scouts of America and Active Minds. She is the treasurer of the Arabic Language and Culture Club, an Honors College Ambassador, and an Alternative Spring Break leader.

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January 5, 2016

Meet Holland Behn, January GCJD Alumni of the Month

Holland Behn is this month’s GCJD Alumni of the Month. Behn is currently working in Dallas, Texas as a publicity and promotions coordinator for Allied Integrated Marketing. Her job entails handling press for local talent, red carpets, and movie screenings.

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December 10, 2015

Election Coverage and Reform Workshop in Beirut, Lebanon

GCJD joined with the Samir Kassir Foundation and the Lebanese Association for Democratic elections to work with nearly two dozen young journalists based in Lebanon to discuss how to effectively serve the public in this environment.While in Beirut, the trainers also worked for two days with Lebanese social reform NGO’s on messaging their cause to international media outlets. Many Lebanese NGOs believe spurring international pressure is the best strategy to getting things done in their country, and consider it vital to get international coverage of their social movements.

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December 5, 2015

Students and staffers at SHSU hold hands during racial unity rally

Sam Houston State students, faculty and staff gathered Thursday morning on the main campus in Huntsville to show support for racial unity. The event, "Hands Across Sam," was hosted by the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy. “In light of the racial tension that we’ve seen on other campuses around the nation, we want to start a discussion here at SHSU to promote understanding and tolerance on our campus,” said Jesse Starkey, program manager at the GCJD.

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December 3, 2015

Global Center Hosts #OneSamFam

Racial tensions in America are growing and have recently leaked into college campuses across America. Because of the events at the University of Missouri and other universities around the nation, the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy is hosting their Hands Across Sam event to promote campus unity.

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December 3, 2015

“Hands Across Sam” At SHSU Today

The Global Center for Journalism and Democracy will be hosting a “Hands across Sam” event in support of racial unity. As racial tensions rise on other campuses, GCJD will get faculty, staff and students to join together to strive for understanding and tolerance. The event will take place this afternoon at 12:25 in the mall area. The local community is invited to join them.

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December 1, 2015

Meet Lex Laas, December GCJD Alumni of the Month

Lex Laas is this month’s GCJD Alumni of the Month. Laas is residing in Houston as a professional actor and director represented by the Page Parks Agency. He recently appeared on HBO’s The Leftovers.

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November 17, 2015

GCJD Guest Speaker- Sonia Nazario

There is a fine line between advocacy and journalism, and Sonia Nazario says it took her quite a long time to cross it.The author of the best-selling book Enrique’s Journey detailed how her own journey was impacted by spending time with children trying to get to the United States from Central and South America.

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November 13, 2015

Meet Stephen Green, GCJD Alumni of the Month

Stephen Green is this month’s GCJD Alumni of the Month. He currently works at The Courier of Montgomery where he serves as city editor - covering education, politics and city government.

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November 11, 2015

GCJD Tackles Immigration

Every semester, the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy looks at the society around them and decides to tackle either a social justice issue that is often overlooked or an issue that has sparked nationally hot conversation.

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November 8, 2015

Journalists Visit to Texas continuing to pay off

We love to know we are making a difference. For GCJD, that means seeing journalists we work with use the knowledge and skills they acquired during our trainings. In September, five Lebanese journalists and a representative from our long-standing partner, the Samir Kassir Foundation, visited Houston to learn more about the oil and gas industry. Over the past month, 3 out of the 5 journalists have written stories for their respective Lebanese publications on the oil and gas industry, using knowledge and context they acquired on their visit here as a back drop.

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October 27, 2015

Professor's Journalistic Work To Be Featured In Newseum

The Newseum in Washington, D.C., is a museum that provides the public with dynamic, engaging and interactive exhibits that encourage the exploration of stories from the past and present through the eyes of the media, while celebrating the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment. On Nov. 13, the Newseum will open its “Inside Today’s FBI” exhibit, featuring firsthand accounts concerning the coverage of critical moments for journalists and law enforcement, among those whose stories will be shared will be several from Kelli Arena, Sam Houston State University’s Dan Rather Endowed Professor and founding executive director of the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy.

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October 23, 2015

Global Center Series To Tackle Illegal Immigration

An estimated 11 million people reside in the U.S. illegally and more than 1.6 million of those inhabit Texas alone. With numbers like these, there is no doubt that immigration is an issue that personally impacts many. With the presidential campaign season well underway, there are numerous proposals that purport to solve the immigration issues. Because of this, Sam Houston State University’s Global Center for Journalism and Democracy is poised to host a series of events on campus to educate students, faculty and staff about immigration.

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October 21, 2015

GCJD Returns from Data Journalism Workshop in China

GCJD put together a group of trainers to head into the country to teach young journalists how to collect, organize, and use data for accurate story telling. The center joined forces with The International Center for Journalists and Tsinghua University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China.

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October 1, 2015

Meet Miranda Leah, GCJD Alumni of the Month

Miranda Leah is an anchor and reporter for KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi. Before graduating from SHSU, Miranda interned for Dan Rather Reports in New York, and worked as a legislative aide at the Texas State Capitol during the 83rd legislative session.

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September 30, 2015

GCJD Hosted Free Training for Local Journalists

Local journalists from half a dozen news organizations joined GCJD for a half day workshop aimed at helping journalists better cover law enforcement. Bryan Carlisle, the assistant police chief from Shenandoah, Texas and Patricia Villafranca, special agent with the FBI in Houston shared their knowledge with reporters about how to navigate information gathering and story telling when covering the police beat.

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September 26, 2015

GCJD Hosts Lebanese Oil & Gas journalists

A group of journalists from Lebanon made the trek to Huntsville. As part of an ongoing project with the Samir Kassir Foundation, journalists spent the week getting a first hand look at the U.S. oil and gas sector. Journalists met with corporate executives, environmentalists, security experts, and other journalists. They also made several site visits to witness the various stages of oil and gas production in the Houston corridor.

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September 19, 2015

GCJD Hosts Polish Visitors

Polish students and journalists visited SHSU's Huntsville campus for a week in September. The Global Center for Journalism and Democracy had worked with the group last year in Poland when it offered a journalism training to help Polish journalists track the flow of European Union funds into local communities. This time, the group wanted to fully explore journalism in the United States, and discuss the hot topics that U.S. journalists are tackling.

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September 16, 2015

Visiting students from Poland bring culture and intrigue to SHSU campus

This week, the SHSU campus has had the pleasure of hosting a group of journalism students from Kielce, Poland. The students have been spending the week becoming immersed in all different types of journalism within the university and the community of Huntsville as well as in surrounding cities.

Read more on The Houstonian Online>>

September 13, 2015

GCJD To Offer Free Training To Journalists

Sam Houston State University’s Global Center of Journalism and Democracy will offer a workshop designed to help local journalists and students understand how to better cover the law enforcement beat on Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 202 of the Bill Blackwood LEMIT Building. The workshop will feature presentations by a special agent from the press office of the FBI and a local assistant police chief, who will help those in attendance understand the challenges of getting information during investigations and how to determine what is accurate and what isn't during breaking news.

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Global Center for Journalism and Democracy
Dan Rather Communications Building, Room 201, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 294-4399