Urbino lies in the northern part of central Italy’s Marche Region, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Many say the Renaissance started here under the patronage of Duke Federico da Montefeltro, whose twin-turreted palace still houses an outstanding collection of period art. Work with a team of experienced media professionals to create multimedia publications about the town of Urbino, Italy, and get a taste of being a foreign correspondent.
Students will live and learn at the University of Urbino, with all meals included.
Students will create a variety of multimedia content that will be published as both a website and an app. You will learn how to use the tools that journalists use today to create compelling multimedia journalism.
During this four-week program, you will learn how to:
- research and report a story in a foreign setting
- produce multimedia content for a website and/or tablet publication
- tell stories in ways that incorporate video, audio, graphics, maps and interactive elements
- work with an interpreter
- speak some basic Italian
DATES: June 6 – July 4, 2013
PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare (Includes: Tuition – 3 credits, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinners on most days, travel insurance, welcome and farewell dinners, program activities and cultural events).
GENERAL LOCATION: Le Marche Region of Italy
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Students will study photography, international reporting and video and will create multimedia content for an app designed for tablets as well as a website. Each student will be required to write a story, shoot photos and create either a slideshow or a short video story.
Coached by teachers who have won Pulitzer Prizes and National Magazine Awards, students will work on skills critical for successful journalism, including the basics of reporting and telling compelling stories, through both words and images. Students will learn how to navigate as professional journalists in a foreign culture by working with interpreters and crafting ready-to-publish features and news stories. Students will also study “survival” Italian and learn about the history and culture of the region.
Students will sign up for 3 credits from our partner university, Iowa State University. These credits are offered through the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University as JlMC 390k, Multimedia Journalism in Italy. Credits are transferable and may be accepted for journalism elective credit by your college or university. (Note: James Madison University students will sign up for School of Media Arts and Design – SMAD 305 Web Documentary Production: The Urbino Project).