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Welcome to SUSI 2013

I am so excited to welcome the 2013 SUSI group to WSU and Murrow College. I, along with David Grewe and Ben Shors, will spend the next 6 weeks teaching the students various tips, techniques and tools in digital media, video editing, reporting and journalism. The students are from Yemen, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq and Palestine […]

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Week 1 with SUSI

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My first week with an Arab nation No – I am not in Oman, Yemen or Iraq. I have not traveled to the villages of Bahrain or Palestine. Instead I have walked beside, stood before and shared tater tots with 19 men and women from each of these Arab nations. In America we are raised […]

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Week 2: SUSI Celebrations

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92 degrees and rising is what welcomed us on day 1 of week 2. Hot hot hot. For most it was nothing – maybe even comfortable – as they are far more accustomed to the heat. This week I introduced the wonders of a couple online tools – Wix for web development and Gliffy for […]

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Week 3: Gearing up to travel

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Week 3 came and went in a flash and just as I caught my breath from the busy weekend, I immediately prepped for week 4’s trip to San Francisco, pushing assignments thru in feature story-writing, online portfolios, team websites and social media tools, personal blog posts and LinkedIn profiles. I never stopped experiencing and learning […]

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Week 4: SUSI goes to California

5am on week four’s Thursday I traveled to San Francisco with my now-dragging companions – a whirlwind 3-day trip packed with tours of Google and YouTube on the itinerary along with light hiking at John Muir Woods, a bay cruise and shopping downtown. Trip highlights lie with, among others, the raucous bay cruise as we […]

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Week 5: SUSI goes to D.C.

Every day in DC was packed full of tours, meetings, presentations and events. There was little free time but we stuck together as a group – capturing pictures, sharing laughter, giving hugs and reconnecting through disconnect. Like SF, I experienced DC in an entirely new way- mastering the metro rail, chaperoning Kurdy to the business […]

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Week 6: Saying good-bye to SUSI

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In closing – to my Arab friends, I say… …you are beautiful, intelligent, important you will find the success you allow yourself to achieve your family loves you; wants nothing less than for you to be happy you will make mistakes, you will learn, you will grow you will never give up; you are too […]

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