December 2012
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On PBS's MediaShift blog, Kat Russell, Istanbul 2011, reflects on what it takes to study abroad, especially in a culture so different from her own.



As the year winds down, we at IeiMedia want to wish you a very cheery holiday season and health and happiness for the new year.

We've already got big plans for 2013, including five international learning adventures:
Please be sure to remind your students, colleagues and friends about upcoming deadlines:

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013: Deadline for early applications -- students who apply by this date get a $200 discount!

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013: Regular deadline for all programs

Saturday, March 30, 2013: Final deadline for all programs (if spots are available)

Applications are available online.

This year we're delighted to have new academic partnerships with Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Baltimore (Armagh) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Jerusalem). Iowa State University and James Madison University will continue to sponsor credit in Urbino and San Francisco State University will once again co-sponsor our programs in Istanbul and Perpignan. (We're beginning to line up new partnerships for 2014; for information contact me.)

We're also excited to announce some new faculty, including two veteran Middle East correspondents -- Linda Gradstein, formerly of NPR and now with The Media Line, and longtime Christian Science Monitor reporter Ilene Prusher, who now writes for The Jerusalem Post. They will both teach in our Jerusalem program. Beth Renneisen, an award-winning graphic artist and information designer with extensive experience creating interactive magazine apps, will design and develop our new iPad magazine in Perpignan.

And many of our inspiring faculty members from past years will return, including Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin and reporter Bob Marshall; National Magazine Award winners Susan West and Michael Gold; and playwright/novelist Kimberley Lynne.

Elsewhere in this newsletter, you can read Linda Gradstein's wise advice for young correspondents, learn about the great jobs and internships our alumni are landing; find out more about our Armagh, Northern Ireland program; read about how one student plans to crowdfund his way to Jerusalem; and check out our teachers' tips and tools.

The year-end break is a great time to make travel and study plans for next summer. Feel free to write to me if you have questions about our programs.

And help us spread the word! Please forward this newsletter to students and colleagues.

Best wishes for an adventure-filled 2013,

Rachele Kanigel
Executive Director

Associate Professor of Journalism, San Francisco State University 

Our Students Get Jobs in Media & Global Orgs
Sarah Lorsch
Alumni at Work

We're so happy to hear from our alums about the terrific jobs and internships they get after spending a summer studying with us. Here are a couple of updates we've recently received: 
  • Sarah Lorsch (California State University at Northridge), Urbino 2011, is content manager for 365Hangers, an online store.
  • Eve Hersh (University of Colorado, Boulder), Istanbul 2011, is a communications associate for a social media and content marketing agency called MergeThis Media
  • Emma Vance (State University of New York at Plattsburgh), Urbino 2011, interned at Parenting magazine earlier this year and now freelances for the magazine as well as LoopDuLoop, an online start up.  

Other ieiMedia alumni are working for The Hartford Courant, WBRE-TV, Tribune/LA Times News Service, the Center for Investigative Reporting, The Charleston Gazette, Phoenix14News, Wired and other publications and news outlets. Read all about them on our Alumni News page.


Global Reporting News & Resources
Linda Gradstein's Tips for Foreign Correspondents. Plus: the Straight Dope on Studying Abroad
  • In a recent post  on our blog, Linda Gradstein describes how she landed her first job in journalism, and offers down-to-earth advice for young correspondents:
    "Decide what kind of journalism you want to do and figure out a way to do it. I got my job at NPR by offering to buy my own ticket to Israel, and my own equipment. I then asked to spend a few weeks in Washington, without pay, following NPR reporters around. I guess I came too cheap to pass up."
  • Wonder what it's really like to study abroad? Urbino 2012 alum Samantha Benedict has started a blog to tell you all about it. 
  • Brandon Desiderio, a Cabrini College student who is interested in participating in the ieiMedia program in Jerusalem, has set up a Fund My Travel crowdfunding campaign to help raise money for the program. Read our blog for more information about using Fund My Travel
Program Focus: Armagh, Northern Ireland

Study Journalism, Creative Writing, OR Playwriting in N. Ireland 

It's hard to imagine a better place to study storytelling--journalistic or fictional--than Northern Ireland, the land of storytellers.  


This summer ieiMedia will sponsor a new program that allows students to explore multimedia journalism, playwriting or creative writing in Armagh, thought to be the oldest city in Northern Ireland. 


The four-week program, which runs June 27-July 28, 2013, is open to students and recent graduates from all schools. All majors are welcome.


The program involves studying the history and culture of the land, including the impact of "The Troubles"--the time of conflict between British rule and the quest for Irish autonomy. Students in each track--multimedia journalism, playwriting and creative writing--will then work with master teachers in their discipline to produce work in their chosen medium.


Students in all tracks will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and attend lectures at the John Hewitt Society's international writers' conference.

Find out more on the ieiMedia website.   

Teaching Tools & Tips
Journalism Resources From Our Faculty 
IeiMedia, a pioneer in journalism education, has been taking students abroad since 2002. It was founded by Andrew Ciofalo, now a professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland.

Our projects aim to educate students in various media disciplines while at the same time inspiring them to explore a foreign culture. For each project, students produce a publication--a multimedia website, print or digital magazine or book--about the community where they live and learn. Nearly 450 students have participated in these programs.