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Journalism professor will teach in Haiti

Steven Pasternack, professor and head of New Mexico State University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, will spend June 17-30 with journalists in Haiti as part of the U.S. Information Agency's International Media Training Program.

NMSU journalism professor Steven Pasternack. (NMSU photo)

Pasternack will be teaching courses in media ethics, professional responsibility, political reporting, news management and legal issues related to journalism.

"I'm going there at an interesting time because their elections are scheduled for May and June," Pasternack said. "That country has a history of civil strife during election time."

Pasternack will teach classes in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, in Cap Haitien and in two other cities. The program is being supported by the U.S. Embassy in Haiti.

In the summer of 1998, Pasternack spent two weeks in Africa conducting desktop publishing workshops for print journalists in Kigali, Rwanda's capital city.

The U.S. Information Agency regularly calls on Pasternack to conduct workshops in French as a representative of the International Media Training Program because of his expertise in print media and his ability to speak French.

Pasternack is scheduled to return to Rwanda July 10 for five months as a Fulbright scholar. He will teach a class in communications law at the National University of Rwanda law school in the city of Butare. He will assist the university in its development of a communications curriculum.

This is Pasternack's second Fulbright award. He taught at the University of Latvia, in Riga, in 1993.

The Fulbright program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those in other countries. The program, established in 1946, is recognized as the flagship program for international education exchanges.