Students from Northeastern University are offering some eclectic and entertaining reflections about the Middle East in an innovative group blog about their current travels through three countries in the region.
Twenty-six students from the journalism and Middle East studies programs are on a five week odyssey through Egypt, Syria and Qatar. And they are contributing to a group blog as well as to their own personal blogs.
The 20 undergads and six graduate students are traveling from May 2 through June 5. They are writing dispatches about sandstorms, Mother's Day in Egypt and other observations as well as about weightier political issues. (Disclosure: my colleague Geoff Edgers and his daughter Lila were along for part of the trip, tagging along with Geoff's wife, NU journalism professor Carlene Hempel. Geoff blogged occasionally himself on his Globe arts blog, called Exhibitionist. Carlene is also blogging frequently on the project site).
About this blog
About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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