In: INTED2011 Proceedings. Valencia : IATED.
This paper is looking into efforts made to introduce local-global connections within journalist programs at Södertörn University in Stockholm. This University was a pioneer in multimedia journalism education when founded 15 years ago. New Information Technology is a part of a globalization process and it has had wide impact on the development of mass media practices in all societies. Technical multimedia skills are today central to advanced journalism education at universities. Globalization has in that sense colored journalism programs For instance is multimedia journalism at Södertörn University one of the most popular journalism university programs in Sweden.However, very little space in journalism education is given to knowledge about and skills in covering different aspect of globalization. News coverage of processes and events outside the home country is seldom a part of the training for students in journalism, not even at advanced levels. The courses are predominantly national in scope with few exceptions. Several recent reports emphasizes that lack of international focus as a problem for journalist programs in general in Sweden although the national university authority has urged for change.In this paper I propose a method for changing this inward-looking education. The challenge is to use local knowledge and skills that are available, mostly inexpensive and in reach by using a ‘four-step’ approach during the educational program.