Urbino Alum Navigates a Different Culture

Oct 12, 2013   //   by Susan West   //   Alumni News, Urbino, Italy  //  No Comments
Susan West is an award-winning writer and editor who launches and advises magazines and websites. With an M.S. in science journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia, West started her career as a staff writer at Science News and Science 80. In 1986, she co-founded a popular health magazine called Hippocrates (now known as Health and owned by Time Inc.), which won four National Magazine Awards during her tenure.
Urbino alum Milana Katic

Urbino 2012 alum Milana Katic

Students who participate in ieiMedia programs learn to juggle the multimedia skills required of today’s journalists while also navigating through new cultural experiences.

Milana Katic, a senior journalism, political science, and Spanish at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, had already traveled throughout Europe by the time she took part in the Urbino magazine program in 2012. Students in that program are required to produce both photographs and text for their stories. Milana was an accomplished writer but inexperienced in photography, so the Urbino program pushed her to develop her visual storytelling abilities, a skill that she’s recently put to use in an altogether different culture—that of children’s publishing.

Says Milana, “This summer I had the opportunity to work on the Saturday Evening Post‘s children’s magazines as a multimedia intern in Indianapolis. The three publications were Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle–each magazine having an audience of anywhere from pre-school to 12-year-old children. Generally, I ran social media for the publications, and I would shoot promotional videos for upcoming issues.”

Among other videos Milana created for the publication was one that shows kids how to make chocolate truffles. A yummy assignment, no doubt.

In addition, says Milana, “The Post also hosts a children’s fitness camp every summer for which I also made multimedia stories. I ran their blog–writing, shooting video, and taking pictures during every major event for the camp.

“Suffice it to say, I had a busy and enlightening summer.”

Milana now works as Director of Public Relations at WIUX Student Radio at Indiana University. Read her 2012 Raffie-award winning story, “Apecchio: Where Beer Maketh Glad the Heart of Man.”

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My time in Urbino has truly been indescribable. It’s not just the gorgeous city itself, but it’s the local people of this small town that have made the past couple weeks so special to me. Everyone here is so full of life and passionate about what they do; all they want is to share what they know with us, while learning a thing or two from us Americans as well. I will never forget my trip to Urbino, the rich lessons learned and the amazing people I met along the way.
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