In the 2010-2011 academic year, the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies was awarded funding from the Social Science Research Council to support Coverage in Context, a public online curricular program that supports the training of aspiring journalists in the approaches of interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies.
Over the past decade, interdisciplinary Middle East Studies has expanded tremendously. Likewise, and particularly since 9/11, journalistic coverage of the region has skyrocketed. However, these two growing sets of experts have not been in regular and meaningful communication with each other, nor are there enough programs and curricular materials to support the training of experts conversant in the languages and approaches of both journalism and Middle East Studies. Through Coverage in Context: Media and the Middle East, the Center aim to address these gaps. In collaboration with the Arthur L. Carter Program in Journalism, the Center co-hosted a five "webisode" series featuring conversations between innovative and media-aware academics as well as experience journalists who have consistently produced coverage of the region within its complex historical and political context(s). Each module addressed the analytical, theoretical, and practical concerns of journalists as well as academics.