Associate Professor Chris Allen found enthusiasm for a free press during his week visiting with journalism faculty at Kabul University. His time in Kabul was designed as a needs assessment in the first phase of an exchange program between the UNO School of Communication and Kabul University's journalism program.
While in Kabul, Allen appeared on the KFAB Good Morning Show via a Skype computer call.
UNO faculty are designing curriculum to fit the journalism program in Kabul. Allen learned that radio and television are rapidly developing in Afghanistan.
The School of Communication entered a partnership with UNO's International Studies and Kabul University. Allen posted his impressions of Kabul on a blog site. “If we can help Kabul University establish their journalism program to the point where their graduates are making a serious contribution to a free press, well, that’s something we (at UNO) can be very, very proud of,” Allen told the Omaha World-Herald.
Faculty members from Kabul are expected to be on the UNO campus this spring. This will be the first of three groups to visit UNO by the end of 2013.