ieiMedia Alumni are Going Places

Jul 5, 2012   //   by Rachele Kanigel   //   Alumni News, Blog, Blogging, Perpignan, France, Urbino, Italy  //  No Comments
Rachele Kanigel is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She directed ieiMedia projects in Jerusalem (2013), Perpignan (2010 and 2011) and Urbino (2009) and taught reporting in Cagli in 2007. In 2017 she will co-direct ieiMedia's new international reporting program in Kyoto, Japan.

Students who have participated in ieiMedia programs often describe their study-abroad experiences as career-changing. Some develop new skills that make them more marketable as journalists.  Many report that their international work experiences make their resumes stand out from others in a pile on a hiring editor’s desk.

A few have even parlayed their newfound global reporting skills into international journalism careers.

Morgan Brinlee in Istanbul

Morgan Brinlee stands by the Bosphorus near her home in Istanbul.

Morgan Brinlee, who was a student in the 2010 Perpignan Project and an intern with in the Istanbul internship program in 2011, used the skills and connections she developed in the two ieiMedia programs to land a job overseas. The San Francisco State University graduate is now working as a copy editor for The Hürriyet Daily News, the English-language daily in Istanbul.

“I’m halfway across the world pursuing a passion for international reporting which was ignited within me in Perpignan, France, thanks to ieiMedia,” she writes from her new home. “I draw on the skills and experiences I gained on the Perpignan Project and as an intern for in my professional life as a journalist nearly every day. Editors consistently ask me about my work with ieiMedia.”

Brinlee says that her work with ieiMedia helped give her a competitive edge over other job seekers.

“Aside from leading me to discover a passion for foreign reporting, both programs provided me with amazing professional experiences not often gifted to young journalism students that have given me a leg up over other recent grads in the increasingly competitive field of journalism. “

Erin Banco, a graduate of the 2009 Urbino Project, is now working as a freelance correspondent in Cairo, Egypt, where she is studying Arabic.  “Erin has reported on the transition of power in the government and the increasingly fragile relationship between the U.S. and Egypt,” according to her website. “Erin has spent the majority of her time in Egypt researching and reporting on torture in the country’s lower-level prisons. In April Erin traveled to the Syrian border in Turkey to report from the refugee camps. Her work has been published in Newsweek, Foreign Policy, NPR, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe (Passport), The Los Angeles Times (World Now), NOW Lebanon, The Asia Times, The Atlantic, AlterNet, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.”

You can see what other ieiMedia alumni are up to on our Alumni News page. And if you’re a graduate of one of our programs, stay in touch! We’re eager to hear what you’re up to. Contact us at rkanigel (at)

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Spending three weeks in Istanbul has been a fabulous experience that has helped me grow not only as a journalist, but also as a human being. Our small group of students made the program even more fun as we shared skills and ideas with one another, but also built memories together.
by Amira Zubairi, Ryerson University, Istanbul Project 2015