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Communications Seed Grant with Ethiopian Government

The Ohio State University School of Communication with the newly formed Journalism and Communication Department at the University of Gondar are working in tandem to develop a journalism curriculum at the graduate level through the U.S. Embassy’s Linkage Seed Grant program.

Nicole Kraft, assistant professor at the School of Communication, and Mustofa Worku, head of Gondar’s new program, will use the seed grant award to set up a journalism laboratory, complete with laptops, and video and audio recording equipment. In addition, Kraft and Worku are collaborating with Park University, Missouri, to develop the graduate journalism curriculum.

As part of Ohio State’s Global One Health initiative, Kraft is also building a curriculum that will allow for better understanding and coverage of One Health communication topics.

This funding award is part of Ethiopia’s mission to support public diplomacy programming in Ethiopia. The seed grant addresses the Public Affairs Section’s goals to:

  • Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and Ethiopia though shared information, experiences, exchanges and expertise
  • Strengthen local institutions to build long-term, self-sustaining relationships and institutional linkages between the United States and Ethiopian organizations