The program is designed for journalists wishing to specialize in government reporting at a local, state, national or international level. The program also is open to international students seeking to study the governmental process in the United States and relationships between government officials and journalists. This option combines actual reporting experience in city/local, state and federal government, backed up with academic courses on all three levels. The outside coursework provides the necessary strong background in politics and economics. Students following the convergence model may take the public policy concentration. The option is highlighted by experience covering Missouri state government in Jefferson City and a semester in the school’s Washington Program.