World Press Institute Participants to Share Impressions of United States at Program Here Next Week

 Ten journalists from around the world who have been visiting the United States as World Press Institute fellows will discuss their experiences – and their impressions of U.S. journalism – at a 7 p.m. panel discussion Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The program is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. The World Press Institute is hosted by St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Communication and Journalism.

Moderator for the panel discussion will be Dr. Kris Bunton, interim associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and a professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism.

The WPI was founded at Macalester College in 1961 to promote and strengthen press freedom throughout the world. Since then more than 500 journalists from 94 countries have participated in the program.

This year’s WPI fellows come from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Finland, India, Moldova/Romania, Pakistan and Uganda.

The journalists arrived at St. Thomas Aug. 12 and will return home Oct. 7. In addition to participating in campus seminars, they are traveling for several weeks to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami and Chicago. They also are visiting classes and with student journalists at St. Thomas.

More information about WPI and this year’s class of fellows can be found on the WPI website.