Global News Relay


GNR is a collaborative journalism project by over 10 universities in 7 countries: Universities include: Fresno State; University of Alabama; Coventry University, UK; West Texas A&M; Texas State; University of the West of England; Macleay College, Australia; American University in Bulgaria; Boston University; Baylor; Binus University, Indonesia; Manipal University, Dubai; Rafik Hariri University, Beirut

It is an annual project that sees students from all over the world come together to produce one news programme. In advance of the broadcast, students work together developing ideas and stories using social media and hangouts online.


This year the project was hosted by University of Southern California, Fresno State. Second year students at Coventry University worked on a segment that focused on sport in the community.

2016-17: Global News Relay: Activism March 22.

Project Outcomes

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Analyse global news outputs across the world, understanding different outputs and styles of working.
  • Conceptualize and implement a programme that has wide global reach that can be broadcast to an international audience.
  • work with their counterparts in other universities, engage in discussions and also gain an understanding of other cultures and issues facing them.
  • Develop a network of media professional contacts that will be able to support skills and experiences in future years of study and professional work.

Inter-cultural knowledge and communication skills, project management, time-management skills, coordination and digital communication.

OIL Activities

Students will produce a 15-minute capsule on the theme

  • Interaction 1: Social media discussions around content, style and production.
  • Interaction 2: Production of programme to be broadcast live.

OIL Outputs

  • A 15-minute capsule that will be aired as part of the Global News Relay
  • online at The content is kept there for archive purposes.