St. Petersburg: Journalism Practicum

Study Abroad

This course offers an opportunity to learn, quickly and within the Russian context, the basic codes, skills and values of journalism. Reporting competencies include spot news, feature writing, broadcast techniques, and working with editors in an international-bureau arrangement. Students begin with a crash course in journalism before leaving for St. Petersburg, and once in country, they focus on “live” stories, working from simpler to more complex pieces in several genres.

Instruction on reporting, writing and presentation focuses on analysis of published, widely read examples of recent business journalism chosen for its readability and clarity. Writers in the practicum will engage with working journalists in the field, discussing choices in interviewing, investigation and presentation that made pieces successful.

The course includes instruction on “pitching” stories to client publications. In Russia, the daily emphasis is on interviewing, writing, being edited – and selling. The course is designed to adapt to students’ parallel studies in a variety of fields, which may include art/museum studies, policy, or the Russian energy sector. The curriculum incorporates guided but not heavily structured field work that will support successful enterprise stories. Editor/instructors have extensive current contacts in publications relating to these and other fields.

This course is designed as a practicum, a supplement to The Changing Energy Landscape or The Art & Science of Museums courses — you must enroll in one of those courses to participate in this practicum. It is equally valuable to students of journalism seeking the knowledge base from which to write on these topics and to students already versed in these disciplines looking to further develop their writing skills.

Those looking to hit the ground running will want to look at our online courses, which will also earn you SRAS Learning Credit for your future study abroad experiece.

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St. Petersburg, Russia


Overall GPA of 2.5, 3.0 in major. No Russian language prerequisite.

Dates & Costs

  • 2022 Summer
    Year: 2022 Summer
    Dates: 13 June 2022 - 17 July 2022
    Application Deadline: 01 March 2022
    Cost: $1,295

Program Inclusions

Tuition, dormitory accommodation, roundtrip airport transfers, health and emergency insurance, use of a mobile telephone for duration of program, and SRAS in-country support.