PBS MEDIASHIFT -- As a journalism professor at San Francisco State University in one of the most diverse cities in the world, I struggle to get my students to report outside their comfort zones. In my classes, I urge them to interview not just strangers, but people very much unlike themselves — older people, people with different politics, people of different races, religions, ethnicities and socio-economic groups. In Israel they had no coworkers and few cousins. They were in a foreign place with foreign people speaking foreign languages. To a great extent they didn’t understand the customs, the religious practices, the political system, the conflicts. They were at sea. And yet within days our 15 students (seven Americans, five Canadians, a Turk, an Australian and a Scottish-American who had grown up in Germany) were reporting and writing stories for our website, JerusalemProject2013.com.