Pursuing stories of their own choosing, students in the special-topics Interactive Longform Journalism course in spring semester 2022 produced the following four compelling reports.

Beginning with story conceptualization, students researched their topics to find live, data and graphic sources. They then reported on-site locally in Qatar and remotely, reaching across the Global South. In guided workshop instruction, students undertook a series of rewrites and revisions to their texts, and built and integrated interactive graphics into their reports.

The student journalists reported locally on emerging appreciation for modern music in Qatar’s cultural landscape, and on the impacts of climate change on the country’s physical landscape. Globally, students reported personal narratives of survivors of violence against girls and women in Pakistan, Nigeria and Kyrgyzstan, and of the journey of a young Somali man migrating across North African deserts and the Mediterranean to Europe. The stories evoke agency and empathy.