Michael J. Jordan is a foreign correspondent and journalism teacher-trainer now based in southern Africa. Over the past 20 years, Jordan has reported from 30 countries, mostly across post-Communist Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. He was first based in Hungary, then the United Nations, then in Slovakia, and today, in Lesotho – reporting for the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, Global Post, Harvard’s Nieman Reports, and many others. He is currently producing a documentary film on racial healing in post-Apartheid South Africa, called The Clubhouse.
Meanwhile, over the past decade, Jordan has also taught several thousand student-journalists and professional journalists – on four continents. His teaching career began in New York City, where he was the George Polk Journalist-in-Residence at Long Island University and also served as faculty adviser to the student newspaper. Today, though, his teaching-training clients are in Asia, Europe and Africa.
In Hong Kong, Jordan is a five-time Visiting Scholar at Hong Kong Baptist University, where he teaches Minority and Immigrant Reporting within HKBU’s International Journalism program. In Prague, he’s the Senior Journalism Trainer of a unique, pound-the-pavement Foreign Correspondence Course; since January 2007, he’s guided 21 groups of participants toward their first piece of international reporting. And in HIV-afflicted Lesotho, his home-base since 2011, he trains journalists to raise awareness about the nation’s health crisis through Health Journalism.
In Lesotho, a country that suffers the world’s third-highest rate of HIV infection yet lacks any real journalism education or professional training, Jordan has: led free HIV-journalism workshops for underprivileged Basotho youth at Kick4Life, a football-and-HIV-awareness organization; trained Basotho journalists in how to report on Gender-Based Violence in a more serious, responsible way (sponsored by the U.S. Embassy); created, pro bono, the National University of Lesotho’s “Health Journalism Club,” then taught reporting skills to 10 dedicated student-journalists; and, most recently, steered most important training of his career: coaching journalists in how to explore the most sensitive of all anti-HIV strategies – Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision. That two-month training was sponsored by Jhpiego, a global group affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, for UNICEF-Lesotho, he also wrote three fundraising proposals on three vital issues here: immunizations, malnutrition and mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Today, in addition to his feature documentary, Jordan works as a communications consultant for the World Bank in Pretoria, helping to document one of the most important initiatives across Southern Africa: how to tackle Tuberculosis in the mining sector. He’s also a communications consultant for World Vision, helping one of the globe’s largest NGOs raise awareness in Lesotho about the need to improve Maternal Child Health.