Leigh Miller Villegas and her Uruguayan students (left to right) Francisca Otegui, Santiago Gomez and Florencia Mieres.

Former GlobalAtlanta Editorial Director Leigh Miller Villegas has been teaching a journalism course at a private university in Montevideo, Uruguay. Her students, undergraduates in the Communications School of the University of Montevideo, have submitted their English news articles to GlobalAtlanta.

The students’ final projects for the course included original reporting and articles based on themes of interest to GlobalAtlanta readers. They interviewed business, political and community leaders in Montevideo to write articles on topics such as U.S.-Uruguay trade, the upcoming Uruguayan elections, film-making and non-profit organizations in Uruguay. Each of the articles is linked below.

The course, “Writing for the U.S. Press,” was conducted in English, with the objective of perfecting the students’ written English and learning the Associated Press journalistic writing style. Using online media sources, including GlobalAtlanta.com, students noted differences between Uruguayan and American journalism styles and structures. By the end of the course, each student complied a portfolio of English articles they could use to present as writing samples for job interviews or for publication in international media outlets.

The University of Montevideo is a privately funded university focused on business and social sciences but also has physical science departments. Ms. Villegas teaches in the Faculty of Communication, which specializes in journalism, business communications, film and public opinion.

Visit http://www.um.edu.uy/comunicacion/ for more information about the Uruguayan university.