SPECIAL REPORT: The Undertold

A collection of international stories by Stanford journalism students studying Foreign Correspondence

The explosion of the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how stories that originate far away can severely impact the United States. It is not clear that Americans will see international news as more relevant to their lives after this is over. But one of our core explorations this quarter in our Stanford Foreign Correspondence course has been what story formats and storytelling techniques are best suited to the way people consume news today? How do we help overcome issues like compassion fatigue and other distractions to help Americans engage with the world? And we set out to demonstrate that when a newsroom can’t deploy a reporter abroad, some great reporting can be done using remote tools.

Check this page over the next few weeks for more examples of our student work.

Italian teachers fight to reach students in time of pandemic

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After Italy shut down all public facilities between late February and early March, the government announced that schools would continue to operate online. But by May, 1 in 5 students were still struggling to gain access to the system through aging internet infrastructure and narrow smartphone screens. Students say they’ve been forsaken by the government. But teachers across Italy continue to fight for their right to an education.

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Into the Unknown: How college students around the world are coping with COVID-19

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COVID-19 has universally disrupted the lives of these graduating college students around the world. Their backgrounds are wildly different. But their experiences coping with the pandemic are strikingly similar. A common theme we found throughout – from Uzbekistan to Trinidad and Tobago — was a palpable longing for certainty in a newly uncertain world.

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