e-Newsletter: January 2012
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A multimedia story by Kat Russell, a student in the summer 2011 Istanbul Project, has been named a finalist in the prestigious annual Hearst Journalism Multimedia Awards.


Congratulations again to the students who produced the Urbino 2011 website on being awarded the esteemed EPPY award from the journal Editor and Publisher
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Salamanca, Spain

I hope your 2012 is off to a positive and productive start. For all of us at ieiMedia, the new year means that we are gearing up for another exciting summer of multimedia journalism in places from Urbino, a small Italian city that many claim to be the birthplace of the Renaissance, to Istanbul, a vibrant, modern city with many faces. That's Salamanca, pictured above, home of Spain's oldest university. For more information about our six European locations and curricula, see "Got Wanderlust?" below.

Enjoy perusing this edition of our newsletter, your regular update about our study abroad programs, resources for teaching and learning media and journalism, the activities of our students and faculty, and what's new on our family of websites.
An important note: We have extended our application deadline until February 15See our website for more information and an online application form. 
Thanks for subscribing. We'll be sending you a new issue every month or two--and we'd love to hear your reactions and suggestions.

Heather Anderson
Director of Admissions

Journalism Resources From Our Faculty Blog
Urbino students interviewing Teaching Tools & Tips

Here are some quick highlights from the ieiMedia Blog, where our faculty of top university professors and award-winning professionals regularly share insights and advice on the teaching and the practice of journalism.
  • What Editors Look for in New Hires: ieiMedia faculy member Bob Marshall, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter at The TImes-Picayune in New Orleans, LA, answers one very important question: What are editors looking for in new hires? Read more
  • To Tell a Story: Get Real, Be Specific: Strong feature writing is evocative, full of scenes unfolding before the reader's eyes, and alive with people, sights, sounds, and smells. In short, strong feature writing is built from specific, real-word details.Read more.
  • Doing Journalism in Italy: Professor Steve Anderson shares some thoughts on journalism in Italy and a few glimpses into the culture of the Italian people. Read more
Visit the ieiMedia Blog for more tools and useful advice. You can also sign up to get new blog posts by e-mail.


Got Wanderlust?
Perpignan, France Perpignan, One of Six
Study-Abroad Destinations

Perpignan lies in the Languedoc region of southwestern France, 8 miles west of the Mediterranean and 19 miles north of the Spanish border, within sight of the Pyr�n�es. The city, which passed back and forth between French and Spanish rule over the centuries, features a pedestrian-friendly historic quarter; a daily market; several arts festivals in the summer and lively night life.

Our students will come together in this charming Catalan city near the Spanish border to study multimedia journalism and French language and culture. Learn more about the Perpignan Program.

Beyond Perpignan, this summer we offer programs covering multimedia reporting, magazine journalism, travel writing, and creative writing in these equally stimulating locations:

Find more information on all programs at the ieiMedia website.  


Student Project Showcase
Winning Magazine Stories:Urbino Now magazine award
Highlights from Urbino Now 2011

The central project of last summer's magazine course in Italy was very much a hands-on vehicle for teaching our students about journalism, magazine-making, and international reporting. Conceived as a travel magazine for English-speaking visitors to Italy's Le Marche region, Urbino Now turned out to be an impressive guide to the local history, culture, and people.

Magazine program director Susan West and her colleagues singled out several students' stories for special recognition, brief summaries of which are listed below. "It was amazing to see this magical place through the eyes, ears, and minds of our student journalists," she says. "I can't wait to start working with our next crew." Learn more in Susan's blog post about the award-winners or treat yourself to the full edition of Urbino Now.

Best Features: Sydni Dunn for "Snips of History," a portrait of Urbino's last traditional barber, and Sunny Thao for "A Renaissance Artist in the 21st Century," a profile of a local painter.

Best Reporting: Rosa Castaneda for "Versatile Verdicchio," a story about Le Marche's unique verdicchio wine.

Best Service: Caryn Maconi for "Le Marche on Two Wheels," a first-person account of a regional biking trip.

The Perpignan Project Website:
Videos and Stories from French Catalonia

Perpignan Project Fifteen college students came from North America to Perpignan, France, in June 2011 to produce these videos and stories. Find out more, read a welcome letter from program director Rachele Kanigel, meet the program faculty, and explore the 2011 Perpignan project website.


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 magazine or book--about the community where they live and learn. Nearly 400 students have participated in these programs.