Peter Klein

About the International Reporting Program

Assistant professor David Rummel on the International Reporting Program.

From the Director

Peter Klein, Associate Professor and Director of UBC’s International Reporting Program, and Director, Graduate School of Journalism (2011–2015)

Peter Klein

In 2009, with a generous donation from Mindset Foundation, we created the International Reporting Program to train the next generation of global journalists — allowing them the opportunity to spend time in the field, experiment with new approaches to global reporting and produce major projects from around the world.

Our media partners have included The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, The New York Times, CBC, Global, PBS Frontline, Al Jazeera and CBS News, and past projects have won a long list of awards, including an Emmy, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Sigma Chi Delta Award, a Webby Honor and numerous top prizes at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

But our bigger reward is having impact on global conversations. Our multimedia Pain Project is used by global health professionals to advocate for palliative care worldwide. Our documentary about the hazards of illegal electronic waste exports has been used by policymakers in Washington to establish strict new rules about e-waste export. And just six days after our investigation about the murder of a Brazilian Indigenous leader ran in The New York Times, more than a dozen suspects were arrested.

We are now growing the IRP into an ambitious non-profit Global Reporting Centre, the first organization in Canada dedicated to advancing global reporting and producing major projects on under-covered stories throughout the globe.”

Students in the UBC Master of Journalism program are selected through a competitive application process in their second year of studies. Once chosen, a team of IRP fellows work with faculty members to find a topic, partner with local stakeholders, and travel to report and document stories that will be turned into written, audio, video and/or multimedia projects. The yearlong program offers students invaluable learning opportunities, and has produced award-winning journalism. In this collection of student stories, reporting locations spanned the globe, offering the student’s unique international learning opportunities and experiences that changed their lives and helped propel their careers.

World Map

Reporting locations: Brazil, Benin, Togo, Syria, India, China, Indonesia


“IRP gives students a rare chance to experience reporting in an international setting. We send them all over the world to tell stories that other journalists are not telling. They have had some remarkable experiences and they’ve learned about journalism in a way that challenges them to think about real world ethical questions. This is the kind of in the field reporting most journalists are no longer doing. It offers our students a chance to test their journalistic skills in a whole new way and by partnering with high level publications it allows their work to be seen by a larger audience.”

— Kathryn Gretsinger, Instructor/Internship Coordinator, UBC Graduate School of Journalism

Featured Fellows from
the International Reporting Program

Hala Kamaliddin

Hala Kamaliddin

Hala Kamaliddin is an International Reporting Program Fellow and Master’s of Journalism candidate at the Graduate School of Journalism, UBC. She published her work with CBC Local News Toronto, the Vancouver Sun, Vancity Buzz and the Beltline Buzz. Her passion lies in issues pertaining to human rights, multiculturalism, and foreign affairs. After spending 20 years in the Middle East, Hala aspires to be an international reporter with a particular focus on conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. Her current research is focused on displacement in identity for migrants. She is also a freelance editor.

GP Mendoza

GP Mendoza

Gian-Paolo (GP) Mendoza is a journalist and filmmaker from Vancouver, B.C.

He loves crafting stories driven by real people and captivating pictures.

He is finishing his last year at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, and equally loves a good documentary and a strong cup of coffee.

Heather Roy

Heather Roy

Heather Roy is a communications specialist and writer. After graduating from UBC with a Master of Journalism degree in 2013, she landed a job at Al Jazeera English in Qatar. Her thesis about generational trauma caused by the Khmer Rouge regime was published in Al Jazeera’s award-winning digital magazine. Heather has written for Al Jazeera online, the Globe and Mail and Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet Show. After almost a year in Doha, Heather decided to return to Vancouver. She now works for Curve Communications, a Vancouver-based marketing firm.

Emi Sasagawa

Emi Sasagawa

Emi Sasagawa is a graduate student at the UBC School of Journalism specializing in global politics reporting. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a 2015 International Reporting Program Fellow, working on a project on global mental health and a 2015 News21 Fellow, reporting on marijuana legalization in the United States. Her work has been published by The Tyee, Megaphone, The Huffington Post Canada and AlterNet. She is also a recipient of the 2014 Silver Canadian Online Publishing Award for Best Interactive Story in the Blue Category.

Calyn Shaw

Calyn Shaw

Calyn Shaw is a senior writer at CBC News Network. He holds a master of journalism from UBC, where he specialized in environmental and energy policy reporting. He was also a TerreWEB scholar focusing extensively on issues related hydraulic fracturing and natural gas development in British Columbia.

Calyn earned an MA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. He was formerly a research fellow at UBC's Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing, where he worked on the centre's Climate Intelligence Program.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, CBC, ESPN the Magazine, the Globe and Mail, CBC.ca, TheTyee.ca and the Vancouver Observer.

Katelyn-Verstraten

Katelyn Verstraten

Katelyn Verstraten is a Canadian journalist specializing in health and science reporting. Her journalistic skills have been honed in three of Canada’s top newsrooms — The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The Vancouver Sun. Katelyn holds a Masters of Journalism from the UBC Graduate School of Journalism (2014) and a Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology from Queen’s University (2011). She is also a science writer for the Terry Fox Research Institute and NeuroDevNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence. From organic farms in China to interviewing leading cancer researchers across the country, science and medical writing is her passion.