Want to study abroad but think you can’t afford it? Think again, says Rachele Kanigel, who wrote this blog post as the co-director of ieiMedia’s new program in Kyoto, Japan.
One of the best ways to raise money for a study abroad program is to apply for a scholarship from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This federally funded program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.
Several students have won Gilman scholarships to study abroad with ieiMedia. This year, Amy Venn, a student at Valley City State University in North Dakota, won a Gilman scholarship to study in our Oslo, Norway, program, and you can see several of her blogposts here. In 2013 Taylor Gilman a journalism student at Metropolitan State University, won a $4,000 Gilman scholarship to study with ieiMedia in Istanbul. Kat Russell, a student at California State University, Northridge, won a $5,000 Gilman scholarship to study in Istanbul in 2011. You can read about her experience in this piece she wrote for MediaShift.
The Gilman program is designed to “broaden the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints,” according to the program’s website. It aims to “support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.”
This year the Gilman program will award more than 2,800 scholarships of up to $5,000. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need; the average grant is $3,000. About 27 percent of students who apply win Gilman scholarships.
The program is open to students from public and private institutions from all 50 states; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico.
To be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship, an applicant must:
- Be a citizen of the United States;
- Be an undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions);
- Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship;
- Be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and four weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
- Plan to study in a country not currently under a travel warning issued by the United States Department of State. (ieiMedia never holds a study abroad course in these countries when they are on the travel warning list.)
Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray study- or intern-abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.
The Gilman Program offers two summer application cycles for summer programs. The deadlines are Oct. 4 and March 7. People who apply in October will find out in late February; those who apply in March find out in May.
All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time on the date they are due. The online application system will close at this time and no more applications will be accepted. This deadline also includes uploading official transcripts from your current college or university and any transfer institution listed in your application.
Here are some tips for applying to the Gilman program:
- Before you begin the application, contact the appropriate offices at your school to determine the correct study abroad and financial aid adviser(s) who must certify your application. Some institutions designate a specific financial aid or study abroad adviser to certify all Gilman Scholarship applications.
- Submit your application at least a few days before the due date to ensure that you do not miss the deadline as a result of technical difficulties or because of heavy traffic on the Gilman website. Make sure your application is complete!
- Some institutions require a written release of information form before your advisers can certify your application. Failure to submit a written release of information form to your adviser, if required by your university, will delay the processing of your application.
- The Gilman application requires two essays: the Statement of Purpose Essay and the Follow-on Service Project Proposal. When writing your Statement of Purpose essay, stress what you hope to gain from the program and how it will help you fulfill professional and personal goals. For more information about the essays, visit the Gilman program website. (http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/Application-Process/Essays)
- Eligible programs must be a minimum of four weeks (28 days)— or two weeks (14 days) for current community college students — in one country and can be as long as one academic year. Students who are interested in ieiMedia’s Kyoto program should also plan to participate in the optional three-day Japan English Model United Nations Conference immediately before the international reporting program, so that study-abroad experience will meet the 28-day requirement.
If you do not qualify for a Gilman scholarship, contact your financial aid office and study-abroad office to inquire about other funding opportunities.
Each year, the Urbino Project’s faculty acknowledges the best student work of the summer with the Raffie Awards. Named in honor of Urbino’s most famous former citizen (the Renaissance artist Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino or simply Raphael), the Raffies are awarded during a ceremony at the end of the program. The 2015 Raffie winners are:
- Best Text Story: Manuel Orbegozo for “The Other Urbino”
- Best Photo Story: Sarah Eames for “From Farm to City Hall”
- Best Video Story: Caroline Davis & Michele Goad for “Craftsmanship and Woodworking in Urbino”
- Best Multimedia Student: Michele Goad for “The Italian Pulitzer?” and “Craftsmanship and Woodworking in Urbino”
- Best Text Story: Tessa Yannone for “Not Olive Oil…But Olive Liquor”
- Best Photo Story: (tie) Deanna Brigandi for “Man’s Best Friend, in Training” and Devon Jefferson for “Urbino’s Fashion Night Out”
- Best Story Package: Rachel Mendelson for “Carved in Stone”
- Best Magazine Cover Photography: Kendall Gilman for “Porta Santa Lucia Arch”
PROMOTIONAL VIDEO PROJECT
Urbino instructor Bob Marshall was the reporter for a groundbreaking piece of journalism that won the “Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism” by The Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) organization.
The award was for “Losing Ground,” an interactive journalism project showing how much of coastal Louisiana has disappeared over the last 80 years. The story was reported by Bob Marshall of The Lens, along with application developers Al Shaw and Brian Jacobs of ProPublica. The piece utilized historical maps, aerial photos, and satellite images to show the devastation of the Louisiana coast over time.
The annual IRE Awards recognize outstanding investigative work and help identify the techniques and resources used to complete each story. “Not only did ‘Losing Ground’ apply innovative techniques coupled with extensive shoe leather reporting, it furthered The Lens’s ability to be a watchdog for its community,” the judges wrote.
Marshall, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was an environmental reporter and columnist at The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) for more than 30 years. In 2013, he moved over to “The Lens,” a nonprofit, nonpartisan public-interest newsroom in New Orleans where he produces in-depth stories on wetlands restoration, flood protection, and coastal erosion.
Marshall taught reporting in Cagli, Italy in 2008 and in Urbino, Italy in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He will return to Urbino in 2015.
Each summer, the Urbino magazine, multimedia, and video programs honor the students’ best work with the “Raffie Awards,” named for the town’s most famous son, the Renaissance painter Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, or Raphael.
Choosing the winners is an exceedingly difficult task. Each of our 40 students stretched farther than they—and sometimes we—thought possible during the month-long course. Some had never reported a feature story or used a video camera, some had never taken journalistic photographs, and a few had never written a story in English. They faced considerable language and cultural challenges in order to complete their assignments. One student missed a week’s work because of a painful bite from a poisonous bug. Mercurial transportation schedules nearly did in several stories. Sources evaporated. Promising leads fell through. Cameras broke.
But every student succeeded. They came up with new stories, found alternative sources, snagged a friend’s camera. They kept trying until they got the correct information or the right wording or a better image.
Faced with that kind of effort and determination, how do you decide who “wins”? Ultimately, the faculty made some tough choices:
- Best Photo Story: (Tie) Olivia Condon – Modern Day Da Vinci Code and Leslie McCrea – Rooted in Respect
- Best Text Story: J.J. Wilson – In With the Old, In with the New
- Best Combined Text and Photo Story: Landon Walker – Life and Death in Urbino
- Best Text Story: (Tie) Urvi Patel – The Empty Synagogue and Susan Rogowski – A Saintly Obsession
- Best Video: Erin Mordhorst – Getting Flagged for Cleanliness
- Best Photo Story: Meredith Kipp – Il Tartufo: The Gem of Acqualagna
- Best Single Photograph: Olivia Martzell – Tiny Dancers
- Best Overall Package: Meredith Kipp – Il Tartufo: The Gem of Acqualagna
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- Best Story: Malorie Stone – Producer
And the other students? Well, they’re winners too. We’re sure you’ll agree when you see their work.
Four current and past ieiMedia faculty are among 15 professors of journalism recently selected to participate in the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The four are:
- Rachele Kanigel, associate professor at San Francisco State University. Rachele is the former executive director of ieiMedia and has taught or led ieiMedia programs in Cagli, Italy; Perpignan, France; Urbino, Italy; and Jerusalem, Israel.
- Susan Jacobson, assistant professor at Florida International University. Susan has taught in Cagli, Italy, and Armagh, Northern Ireland, and will lead the Jerusalem Program this summer.
- Kurt Lancaster, assistant professor at Northern Arizona University. Kurt has taught in the Istanbul Program.
- Mike Williams, associate professor at University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Mike taught in Cagli, Italy, and directed the 2009 Armagh Program.
(Read more about the these professors on our faculty page.)
In a press release, the Institute said: “At the five-day institute [January 5 to 9], the professors, who were selected in a competitive process, will learn concepts and practices that can be incorporated into their teaching of entrepreneurial journalism. Cronkite Professor Dan Gillmor, an internationally known speaker and thinker on new media and entrepreneurship, will lead the institute along with noted entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and Cronkite faculty.”
“Entrepreneurial journalism” is a hot topic in the field today, and refers to the thinking and skills students need in order to navigate the disrupted journalism landscape. Says Gillmor in a description of ASU’s entrepreneurship program, “Students need to be fluent in a variety of digital media forms and understand the trends that are redefining journalism, including media economics and product development, business and marketing. And they need to do this in a way that preserves journalism’s best principles and practices.”
Congratulations to the four fellows. We look forward to incorporating their new ideas into future ieiMedia programs.
ieiMedia’s Urbino 2013 Project website has been named a finalist in the 2013 EPPY™ Awards, sponsored by Editor & Publisher magazine.
The EPPY™ Awards are one of the nation’s most prized and long-running honors for online content and recognize the best media-affiliated websites across 30 diverse categories.
ieiMedia’s website, created in partnership with James Madison University and Iowa State University, is a finalist in the “Best College/University Journalism Website” category.
After three weeks of in-depth judging, the E&P team, along with a prestigious panel of 78 judges, voted and selected the 2013 EPPY™ award finalists.
Each EPPYTM entry is judged on its own merits within a particular category. Finalists must receive a score in the top one-third of the average score across all categories within their division.
A complete list of finalists is available on the Editor & Publisher website.
Congratulations to all the students who worked on the site, including Nikki Beck, Kaitlin Birkbeck, Bethany Blakeman, Jessica Christian, Connor Drew, Kirsten Fenn, Rachel Green, Stephanie Gross, Tory Hallenburg, Ashleigh Hodgson, Haley Johnston, Myra Krieger-Coen, Rachel Lake, Teddy LaMotta, Laura Miele, Autumn Morowitz, Teddy Nelson, Amanda Presley, William Price, Giovanna Rajao, Zuogwi Reeves, Kelsey Richmond, Kathleen Riley, Kelly Roden, Steven Schmucker, Kelly Sebetka, Cory Smith, Hannah Spurrier, Funda Tekin, Stephanie Tormey, Megan Vaughan, Casey Wagner and Greg Zwiers.
University of Urbino student interpreters included Luca Ambrogiani, Alberto Biondi, Elisa Carloni, Fabiola Castellani, Chiara Ciattaglia, Vitalba Conte, Tommaso Corbelli, Veronica Dadi, Martina Dragomanni, Massimiliano Greghini, Giada Guastalla, Alessandra Maci, Sofia Sacconi, Luca Sartori and Elena Sorchiotti.
Professors on the project were Steve Anderson, Francesca Carducci, Dennis Chamberlin, Michael Gold, Rustin Greene, Greg Luft, Bob Marshall, Susan West and Pawel Wyszomirski, along with teaching assistant Evan Robinson.
In the summer of 2012, Leah De Graaf, now a senior in journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University, took part in ieiMedia’s Magazine Journalism course in Urbino, Italy. She produced three stories for Urbino Now, the magazine produced annually by the course. One story explored pausa, the Italian custom of taking a lengthy mid-day break. She also wrote a feature and sidebar about La Tavola Marche, a inn and cooking school run by two American ex-pats. Her feature won our best feature award for 2012.
This summer, Leah was one of 33 students chosen to take part in the ASME internship program, a prestigious opportunity for which more than 300 applied. She spent two months as an intern at Real Simple magazine, a publication of Time, Inc. Leah discovered that Real Simple is a much nicer place than magazines depicted in movies like The Devil Wears Prada, and that New York is a lot more crowded than Iowa. We checked in with her to find out what else she learned.
What was your job as an intern at Real Simple? What was a typical day like? Whom did you work with?
At Real Simple I was placed in the research department. I was working with a team of six staff researchers and one other intern. My major assignment while at the magazine was working on the Family Issue, an annual special issue. For this issue, I fact-checked three front-of-the-book articles and one food feature, and did the reporting for a sidebar of a feature story on “helicopter parents.” The rest of my free time was spent fact-checking other articles for the August, September, and October issues of the monthly print magazine. I worked on a really broad range of topics, which was one of the best parts. While we were waiting on stories to arrive on our desks, I also researched different topics for other editors and transcribed interviews. Towards the end of my time at Real Simple, I spent a few weeks in the fashion department helping the assistants check in and organize clothes for photo shoots.
On a typical day, I had a 20-30 minute commute to work on the subway. I arrived a little before 10 a.m., would check my email, and get started going through the stories on my desk. Most of the time I was checking specific names, quotes, prices, and stores against fact sheets and direct emails from PR representatives. Occasionally I got to talk to sources over phone and email to verify quotes or other questions from top editors. My supervisor would usually come say, “good morning” before 11 and talk about what copy was expected to move to research that day. Around 1 p.m. I usually took an hour lunch with other ASME interns working in the Time & Life Building.
Mondays were my favorite because I got to attend the weekly staff meeting where the deputy managing editor led us through the lineup and checked the progress of each story, with both editorial and design staff members. There were usually about 30 people from all of the different departments at these meetings.
Recently, internships have come under fire as a way to get free labor or make some unsuspecting young person handle all the grunt work. Based on your ASME intern blog post, it sounds like you had a much more rewarding experience. What made the difference?
I really think this all comes down to the leadership at Real Simple and the staff. Everyone was down-to-earth and easy to talk to. Yes, I was extremely intimidated sitting in the office of Kristin van Ogtrop, the managing editor, surrounded by not only her but the executive editor and the managing editor of RealSimple.com. It was clear by their body language how engaged they were in what I had to say, so I was more open and relaxed as a result. Kristin sat casually back in a cozy armchair, and Sarah sat with her whole body facing me on the same couch where I sat. As I told them about my experience at Real Simple, I could tell they genuinely cared about what I was saying. I wasn’t just some girl from Iowa. Of course, they were fascinated with the fact that I grew up on a hog farm.
Also, I was paid for the work I was doing. A lot of times it is the interns who are working for free that are given the grunt work the magazines don’t want to pay someone to do. Although, other interns in my same program were regularly sent on coffee runs and out on errands for editors, and they were paid the same as me. It just depends on the environment of the magazine you are working for.
I’m proud to report that the multimedia website for our 2012 Urbino, Italy, program has been honored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The association’s Newspaper and Online News division awarded the Urbino Project 2012 site second place in its annual competition.
The website was evaluated by journalism professors from the nation’s leading schools, and we are honored to have received this recognition. This is evidence that the work our students produced during their month in Italy is of a high standard. They have every right to be proud of the work they produced.
By the way, the 2013 multimedia site—just completed this summer by our latest crop of young reporters, photographers, videographers, and interactive content creators—is impressive, too. Follow the links below to enjoy the top-notch journalism on both sites:
The competition for 14 scholarships and five internships is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying at American colleges and universities — and Americans studying abroad — who aspire to become foreign correspondents.
The OPC Foundation internships allow students to work in foreign bureaus of leading international news organizations, such as the Associated Press and Reuters, and at foreign English-language media companies like the South China Morning Post and Cambodia Daily. The foundation pays travel and living expenses for interns for one month.
Winning a prestigious OPC Foundation award has helped launch numerous careers in foreign reporting. If you’re looking for inspiration, see what some past winners are doing now.
Applications are due Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
To apply, submit a Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample. Your name and school should appear at the top of each page. The Writing Sample of approximately 500 words should concentrate on an area of the world or an international issue that interests you. It can be in the form of a story, news analysis or a traditional essay. Recent winners have written on such diverse topics as playing black jack on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, political activism in Morocco, and social upheaval in China. Applicants are also encouraged to submit essays showing a strong understanding of, or interest in, global economic issues such as trade, finance, emerging markets, immigration or environmental impacts.
The Cover Letter should be autobiographical in nature, addressing such questions as how you developed an interest in this particular part of the world, a story pitch, or how you would use the scholarship to further your journalistic ambitions. We hear the judges respond well to applications showing strong reporting skills, color, and understanding or passion.
You may email, fax or mail your application. Email is preferred.
William J. Holstein
Overseas Press Club Foundation
40 West 45 Street
New York NY 10036
Winners will be contacted in December so that arrangements can be made for them to attend the Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on Feb. 22, 2013 in New York City. Recipients are expected to attend. David Rohde, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent and investigative journalist for Reuters, will speak at the luncheon, which will take place at the Yale Club.
For more information, contact Jane Reilly, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 201-493-9087.
The Connecting Our World Student Diplomat Video Contest launches today and is open to American college students and recent graduates who are currently studying abroad or have recently returned from a study-abroad experience.
Video submissions should tell a compelling story about how students can become “student diplomats” while studying abroad, by connecting in a meaningful way with people and cultures in other countries, adapting to new environments and languages, challenging their own misconceptions, and becoming more prepared for school and future careers.
Participants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. You must have studied abroad through an accredited college or university program sometime in the past three calendars years (no earlier than spring 2009) or be currently studying abroad.
Students and recent graduates who studied with ieiMedia in Perpignan, Urbino, Istanbul or Armagh in 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012 are eligible to apply.
Videos can be no longer than 3 minutes in length. Find the complete contest guidelines at www.ConnectingOurWorld.org/
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM EST on November 1, 2012. After a slate of finalists is chosen by a panel of judges, the winning and runner-up videos will be selected through open voting on the Connecting Our World Web site. The winner will receive a $1,000 international travel voucher from STA Travel and the title of “2012 Student Diplomat.” The runner-up will receive a hand-held flip camera.
Connecting Our World, powered by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, is a global community of individuals taking action to support public policies that strengthen and expand international education. STA Travel, a NAFSA Global Partner, a global travel specialist with 30 years experience advising young people on holidays and adventures abroad.
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