With a dead­line rapidly approaching, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity jour­nalism stu­dent Emily Rud­isill was still scram­bling to find sources for a story on a new con­struc­tion site near his­toric ruins. A trip a few days ear­lier had yielded few useful results, so Rud­isill got creative.

I went to the con­struc­tion site alone to see what infor­ma­tion I could find. I found a hole in the fencing and decided to walk into the con­struc­tion site,” Rud­isill said. “It was the end of the day, but there were still a few workers left fin­ishing up.”

That risky move paid off: Rud­isill was soon meeting with the project’s head archi­tect, a key inter­view for her story. But what made Rudisill’s dogged­ness even bolder was the fact that her reporting wasn’t hap­pening in Boston but halfway across the world, in Amman, Jordan, where she, along with other North­eastern jour­nalism stu­dents and fac­ulty, were doc­u­menting life in the Middle East.

The five-​​week trip to the Middle East is an annual part of the Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram. Planned with a focus on Egypt, this year’s polit­ical and social upheavals prompted a move to Jordan and Turkey. Also trav­eling with the jour­nalism and pho­tog­raphy stu­dents were 13 Arabic lan­guage stu­dents from Northeastern.

Stu­dent jour­nal­ists and pho­tog­ra­phers, working closely with pro­fes­sors Car­lene Hempel, Denis Sul­livan and Robert San­sone, were respon­sible for finding orig­inal sto­ries about life and cul­ture in Jordan and Turkey, many of which were pub­lished on The Boston Globe’s Pass­port blog that doc­u­ments world events. Stu­dents blogged about their expe­ri­ences finding their own sto­ries, sources and trans­la­tors — the same work expected of any pro­fes­sional for­eign correspondent.

I’m sure there are jour­nal­ists here, but I’m telling you, we didn’t bump into any,” said Hempel, whose hus­band, Globe reporter Geoff Edgers, accom­pa­nied stu­dents on the trip and reported his own sto­ries from the Middle East. “We didn’t find any com­pe­ti­tion here — it’s like we were the only show in town.”

Stu­dents were working out­side their com­fort zones, unable to rely on the famil­iarity of Boston but instead forced to locate their own expert sources and nav­i­gate unknown cities.

Over the course of five weeks, the stu­dents filed sto­ries on a diverse range of topics including street art, the lives of people with dis­abil­i­ties, and the upcoming elec­tion of a new Turkish prime minister.

I teach J1 and J2 (intro­duc­tory jour­nalism courses) and stu­dents have to go out to find pieces to report, but so often they pitch things they already know about — sto­ries that come from their own uni­verse,” Hempel said. “They cannot do that here — it’s impos­sible. They have to get out, they have to talk to people, they have to figure it out from scratch. And it is the best pos­sible expe­ri­ence for jour­nal­ists to get out there and figure out.”

Katie Kriz, who par­tic­i­pated in the pho­to­jour­nalism com­po­nent of the pro­gram, said her expe­ri­ence was “dif­ferent in every way you could imagine” from what she had pre­vi­ously expe­ri­enced as a reporter and photographer.

Everyone is going to have a dif­ferent shot,” Kriz said. “It’s the per­fect place to learn pho­tog­raphy because you’re not shooting things you’ve already seen.”

A class blog includes sto­ries, pho­tographs and video from the reporting trip, plus links to indi­vidual stu­dent blogs.