Learn more about what students experience during their week at CSIS. From video and audio production to data visualization and the nuances of reporting on global issues, each session is designed to expand the students’ understanding of the media ecosystem, while giving them a chance to apply new skills that bring important stories to life.
Race Against Time: How Will Rival Powers Lead on Green Energy Innovation?
In December 2021, students from the University of Delaware traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp. They chose to report on cooperation and collaboration between the United States and China on dealing with climate change.
In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. The students interviewed experts and created unique multimedia elements and data visualizations for the story.
As the United States and China compete in countless arenas, companies in both countries have continued to collaborate on green technology. Will escalating tensions reshape the clean energy ecosystem?
“Stay Home But Not Silent”: How Latin American Communities are Organizing in the Face of Covid-19
In August 2021, students from Hampton University were joined by students from the University of New Mexico to participate in the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp. They chose to report on how Covid-19 has impacted rural and urban communities in Latin America.
In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Katherine Bliss, senior fellow at the Global Health Policy Center at CSIS. The students also conducted their own interviews with researchers and practitioners working on public health in Latin America.
With the Covid-19 pandemic heightening many of the already existing problems in countries like Brazil, Peru and Colombia, communities have been forced to rely on local initiatives to make up for ineffective government policies. With a potential third wave on the horizon, can communities continue to support themselves in a way their governments have failed to?
Thinking Outside the Bubble: Addressing Polarization and Disinformation on Social Media
In July 2021, students from DePaul University participated in the the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp remotely. They chose to report on the relationship between social media and political polarization, and how both large and small platforms could restructure themselves to foster more positive communities.
In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with James A. Lewis, director of the Strategic Technologies Program at CSIS. The students also conducted their own interviews with members of various online communities about their experiences.
The algorithms designed to keep people engaged on social media are also helping to drive them into divisive echo chambers. Can companies restructure their platforms to create less polarized communities, or might better solutions emerge from the bottom up?
Covid-19 Transformed Urban Spaces. As Mobility Returns, What Comes Next?
In June 2021, students from Monmouth University participated in the the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp remotely. They chose to report on how urban environments are changing after the Covid-19 pandemic, and how cities are balancing the needs of pedestrians, drivers, and businesses.
In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Nikos Tsafos, interim director of the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at CSIS. The students also interviewed restaurant workers and researched the impact of outdoor dining in New York City.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced the hand of cities to create outdoor dining, walking and green spaces. Now that pre-Covid travel patterns are returning to normal, cities must weigh the cost and benefits of the old world colliding with new.
From Disaster Relief to Resilient Futures in the Northern Triangle
In May 2021, students from the University of New Mexico participated in the the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp remotely. They focused on the international response to Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Central America, and how humanitarian aid can make communities more resilient to natural disasters.
In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Jacob Kurtzer, director of the Humanitarian Agenda at CSIS. The students also interviewed experts in humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Hurricanes Eta and Iota devastated the Northern Triangle in November 2020, causing mass migration from an already volatile region. With climate change devastating the region, how can aid empower communities and make them more resilient to future shocks?
Deforestation Hits Home: Indigenous Communities Fight for the Future of Their Amazon
In December 2020, students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst participated in the the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp remotely. They focused on deforestation in the Amazon and its impact on indigenous communities.
In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Margarita Seminario, deputy director of the Americas Program at CSIS. The students interviewed experts in deforestation and environmental law, as well as activists working on the ground in the affected communities.
As regional and global governments and non-profits scramble to combat deforestation, Indigenous communities on the frontlines bear the brunt of the consequences. How can these groups partner to create sustainable solutions?
Women and Water in the Developing World: Linking Water Insecurity and Gender Disparities
In September 2020, students from the University of Iowa participated in the the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp remotely. They focused on the intersection between gender inequality and water insecurity.
In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Caitlin Welsh, director of the Global Food Security Program at CSIS. The students approached the the topic from a variety of perspectives, interviewing experts on climate change, food security, and more.
Three times a week, Mrs. B—the name given by researchers to a woman in Hyderabad, India—begins her day with a 10- minute, barefoot walk to her neighbor’s gated home to fill her steel pot with water. She balances the heavy pot, which weighs about 30 pounds, on her shoulder for the journey back to her […]
No Crystal Ball: The Uncertain Path Forward for U.S.-China Decoupling
In July 2020, students from the City University of New York participated in the the CSIS Journalism Bootcamp remotely. They focused on complex debate about decoupling the economies of the United States and China.
In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Jude Blanchette, Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS. The students engaged with experts from a variety of backgrounds, including journalism, government, and business.
Gowns, masks, and gloves were in short supply in April during the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak in New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio were scrambling to find enough protective gear for hospital staff, sick patients, and essential workers. They made impassioned pleas to President Donald Trump to […]
Is Ecocide Inevitable in the World’s Most Contested Sea?
In May 2020, students from the DePaul University in Chicago participated in the first bootcamp program to be run remotely. They focused on the environmental dimensions of the conflict over the South China Sea.
In addition to receiving multimedia mentoring from the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Gregory Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, and Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project. The students interviewed top policy, environmental, and legal experts about the South China Sea conflict.
Last spring, Chiara Zambrano spent 10 nights on a small wooden boat on the Scarborough Shoal—120 nautical miles west of the Philippines in the South China Sea. She was there to report for ABS-CBN, a Philippine television network. The 150-square-kilometer coral structure involves a territorial dispute between China, Taiwan and the Philippines. It was the […]
Enabling Entrepreneurship: Diplomatic Responses to Greece’s Brain Drain
In December 2019, students from the Panteion University in Athens came to CSIS to report on the potential for entrepreneurial diplomacy to address the Greek economic crisis.
In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with Seth Center of the Brzezinski Institute’s Project on History and Strategy. The students had the opportunity to speak with current and former diplomats. They also got a firsthand look at one of D.C.’s incubators for social entrepreneurs, the Halcyon Incubator.
“I was heavily disappointed by the country’s sluggish economic development as a result of the financial crisis triggered in 2007. I felt my hard work would go to waste and not be appreciated . . . I was convinced—and still am—that connections matter the most in the Greek society.” “Nepotism reigns and there’s lack of […]
Power of Personality Politics: Can Uganda’s Bobi Wine Sustain a Social Movement?
In November 2019, students from the University of Iowa joined CSIS to explore the intersection of politics and pop culture in Uganda.
In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Africa Program, which provided the students with a range of experts on the political situation in Uganda and the history of politics, protest, and pop culture in the region. The students had the opportunity to interview Bobi Wine, Ugandan musician turned politician and the subject of their story, during a recording of the Into Africa podcast.
Ugandan celebrity Bobi Wine has weaponized music to oppose President Yoweri Museveni in the 2021 election. Some experts suggest Wine’s People Power Movement must transcend the appeal of his personality to effect lasting change.
Refugees in All but Name: Venezuelans Struggle for Status
In August 2019, students from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, joined CSIS to explore the migration crisis in Venezuela.
In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Future of Venezuela Initiative, which aims to shed light on the unprecedented humanitarian, economic, and political crisis in Venezuela, and its impact in the Americas, and CSIS’s Project on Prosperity and Development, which studies the coming challenges in international development, focusing on the rapidly shifting financial and economic landscape in low and middle-income countries.
Anderson Suarez is one of many who has crossed the Venezuelan border into Colombia in recent years. At the age of 20, he took on the responsibility of financially supporting his entire family by working abroad. The hardest part of his 800-mile journey was knowing that he was most likely leaving behind everything and everyone […]
Power Struggle: Anticipating Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid
In June 2019, students from Ithaca College joined CSIS to explore cybersecurity and vulnerabilities within the power grid.
In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Technology Policy Program, which conducts research on the social, economic, and security challenges created by disruptive technologies to inform effective policy.
Food Insecurity in the Face of Climate Change
In May 2019, students from Howard University joined CSIS to explore climate change and its impact on food security.
In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Global Food Security Project, which provides research, analysis, and policy recommendations on enhancing global food security.
In countries like Ghana and Guatemala, the impact of climate change is wreaking havoc on agriculture, leading to hunger and displacement while threatening the livelihoods of their citizens.
Disinformation’s Impact on Democracy and the Role of the Press
In December 2018, students from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki joined CSIS to explore disinformation’s impact on democracy and what the press can do amid the era of fake news.
In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Transnational Threats Project, which assesses the threat and evolution of terrorist, insurgent, and criminal networks. It also examines the impact of government policy responses and produces analysis for policymakers, intelligence analysts, corporate executives, and leaders seeking to understand, prevent, and thwart transnational threats.
Russian Influence in Foreign Elections
In August 2018, students from Texas Christian University joined CSIS to explore Russia’s influence on elections and democracy around the world.
In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with CSIS’s Europe Program, which produces forward-looking analyses on transatlantic relations, the process of European integration, and political developments in individual countries across Europe. It also examines critical issues on international security and the geopolitics of Europe, NATO, Russia, Eurasia, and the Arctic.
Trade and the Fallout from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
In June 2018, students from Tulane University reported on the effects the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership has had on global trade.
In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with one of CSIS’s top trade experts Scott Miller, senior advisor with the Abishire-Inamori Leadership Academy and former Scholl Chair. The Scholl Chair in International Business examines critical issues in international trade, governance, competitiveness, and how to meet the challenges of a changing world economy.
Human Rights and the Rohingya
In January 2018, students from Syracuse University joined CSIS to explore the human rights challenges journalists face when reporting in conflict-ridden environments.
In addition to working with the center’s iDeas Lab, students worked with the Human Rights Initiative at CSIS, which conducts research on global human rights issues, with a focus on generating concrete, evidence-based policy solutions. Its four areas of emphasis include: addressing closing space for civil society, building constituencies for justice and accountability, ensuring rights and protections for vulnerable populations, and developing human rights-based strategies for countering violent extremism.