About The Cagli Project
Now in its third year, the Cagli Project uses the format of
a Professional Semester in Media. The course is a hybrid that combines
instruction and lab work with aspects of internship and practicum
courses, including field work in a setting unfamiliar to student
participants. The program is to be thought of less as a class and
more as a professional enterprise, where students are employees
working to produce a dynamic web documentary and faculty members
supervisors, charged with first training employees to master certain
trades and then working with them to apply those skills.
participating in the Cagli Project are assigned up to 15 hours
a day to do work on the project. This includes time spent
class, in the field researching and producing stories, and in
the lab completing assignments and coordinating the elements of
story. Students should be prepared to perform a variety of assignments
and chores to support the effective functioning of the project.
This year there are six specific course modules: Storytelling,
Photography, Videography, Web design, Intercultural Communication
language and culture. Students will work to master these five
elements and work as a team to produce four distinct web presentations.
Students will also be evaluated for professionalism and initiative,
aspects of expert journalism.
Because of its setting, students will
have a unique opportunity to learn how to access a foreign culture
and to acquire practical language
skills, rapidly--using an immersion technique. The ability to assimilate
quickly and to hone in on another culture’s values are indispensable
tools for anyone preparing for a career in a field where globalization
and multi-culturalism are becoming increasingly important. At the
micro level, students will learn how “to read” another
culture on its own terms thereby eliminating cultural bias. At
the macro level, students will be ready to become facilitators
inter-cultural dialogue that the modern world requires.