The Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has generously offered scholarships for students enrolled in ieiMedia’s international reporting program in Jerusalem.
All U.S. citizens are eligible for scholarships of $750. Students who have already filed a FAFSA application can apply to receive an additional scholarship of up to $1,000, for a total scholarship of $1,750 toward the cost of the program. Students of other nationalities may inquire about other scholarships that may be available.
To apply for one of the scholarships, send an email to Ilene Prusher at email@example.com with your name, email address and phone number and state whether you are applying for just the $750 scholarship or the additional $250 need-based scholarship as well. Students applying for a need-based scholarship will need to add the Hebrew University code of G04012 to their FAFSA application.
The online application for all ieiMedia programs is available on the ieiMedia website.
For more information, contact Ilene Prusher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-297-6265.
“To be a reporter in Istanbul is to drop into the middle of the action.”
“This has been much more than a chance to live in Italy for a month–it’s been a chance to learn and apply valuable information that will make me more equipped for a professional career in media production.”
“I learned that journalism is so much more than disseminating news. It’s linking people from opposite sides of the world through a core human interest.”
These are the voices of ieiMedia’s 2014 students, who traveled this past summer to France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Northern Ireland to study multimedia journalism, narrative journalism, social media, international reporting, and creative writing. They produced videos, made photos, and reported and wrote about everything from flamenco and truffles to Syrian women in Turkey and the tension in Hebron.
Now we’re looking forward to next summer’s courses and to a new crop of equally inspired–and inspiring–students. And we’re hoping that your students, and perhaps you, will join us.
For summer 2015, we offer six international learning adventures:
- Valencia, Spain: narrative journalism
- Nice, France: multimedia journalism
- Jerusalem, Israel: international reporting
- Urbino, Italy: multimedia journalism, magazine journalism
- Armagh, No. Ireland: creative writing, multimedia journalism
- Istanbul, Turkey: international reporting, internships
In addition, we are proud to announce ieiMedia’s James Foley Memorial Scholarship in International Photojournalism in honor of the journalist tragically executed while covering the war in Syria. The winner of the $5,000 scholarship will attend our program in Urbino, Italy, to study with our award-winning photography faculty, including Pulitzer prize winner Dennis Chamberlin and former White House photographer Susan Biddle.
Keep in mind that our application deadline is February 1, 2015. Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and will close as each program is filled. Apply early to secure a spot!
Please share this information with your students, colleagues, and friends.
Some 74 students and recent graduates from more than 50 universities in five countries will participate in ieiMedia programs this summer.
Students headed for the iPad magazine program in Urbino are busily packing their bags for a June 6 departure, while others bound for Armagh, Northern Ireland; Istanbul, Turkey; and Jerusalem, Israel still have a couple of weeks left for last-minute shopping, reading and information gathering.
Some tips for those planning to travel with ieiMedia this summer:
- Read up on your destination city and the surrounding region. Consume international newspapers, magazines, books, guides, even novels about the place you’ll be living for a month. The more you know about the community, the better you’ll be able to report.
- multimedia story on a snail farm in nearby Estoher. Come armed with story ideas. Do enough research that you have some idea of what you want to cover when you’re there. Your faculty and translators will have some suggestions but the best ideas, the ones you really want to report on, will spring from your own interests. One of our strongest students in Perpignan a few years ago came to France knowing she wanted to report on escargots; indeed, she put together a fine
- Pack lightly but bring a variety of summer-weight clothes. Remember to pack some casual business outfits (a dress, skirt or pantsuit for women; a nice shirt and slacks for men) for interviews and meetings with public officials, journalists and other professionals. Though it will be hot in many of our program sites, bring clothing that is modest and professional.
- Bring sensible footwear. All of our program sites are in historic cities with cobble-stone streets and hilly areas. Forget the stiletto heels. Bring shoes you can walk in!
- Carry a notebook and camera wherever you go. Even a casual conversation with a shopkeeper or resident could turn into an interview. Be prepared to take notes and shoot stills and video.
- Get contact info for follow-up interviews. Collect business cards or names, phone numbers and email addresses for every person you talk with. Everyone is a potential source. You never know when you may want to go back to someone for more information.
- Open your senses. Take a whiff of the air. Taste new foods. Try new experiences. Be open to what this new environment has to offer.
- BUT don’t leave your common sense at home. Young travelers can occasionally get themselves into trouble by not paying attention to the warning signs they would follow at home. When possible, travel in pairs or small groups. Don’t go off with strangers. Know where your wallet, passport and other valuables are at all times. Be wary and aware of your surroundings.
- Have a blast! ieiMedia programs are educational but they’re also fun. Many ieiMedia alumni describe their experiences with us as the summer of their lives. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to delve deep into a foreign community. Explore. Ask questions. Learn. Grow.
Bon voyage from all of us at ieiMedia!
The article focuses on the power of experiential learning for teaching the craft of journalism.
“Certain aspects of writing and reporting can be taught in a classroom,” the article begins. “But any seasoned journalist can attest that some skills are gained only through on-the-ground experience — especially in a place that inspires as much media controversy as Israel.
“A new program from the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) aims to give college journalists exactly that.”
The Jerusalem program has already attracted attention from students around the world. Applications have come from the U.S., Canada and Australia and we’ve had inquiries from students in Brazil and Pakistan.
Scholarships for the program are still available. American students and international students at American universities can apply for scholarships of up to $1,000 from the Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Journalism. Canadian Friends of Hebrew University has agreed to make scholarships available for Canadian students.
Feb. 15 is the application deadline for program. Don’t have time to apply this week? Late applications will be accepted through March if slots are available.
Apply now to secure your spot!
For more information about scholarships for Canadian students go to CFHU’s scholarships web page or contact:
National Director, Student & Academic Affairs
Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Applications for the Jerusalem program are due March 30, 2013.
As you may remember from a previous post, Brandon Desiderio, a junior communication major, set up a crowdfunding campaign on Fund My Travel in early December, shortly after the crowd-financing site launched. He only collected $160 in the first six weeks it was up, but he’s hoping the mention on USA Today College will help with donations.
Within hours of the article’s posting, his fund was up to $296.
“Donations are starting to pour in from strangers,” he wrote in an email to ieiMedia.
Still, Desiderio knows it’s going to be tough to raise the money he needs. He plans to pump up his social media/PR campaign.
“Crowdfunding is practically built for our broke age group,” he told USA Today College, “but that doesn’t make it effortless or foolproof.”
When Cabrini College junior Brandon Desiderio heard about ieiMedia’s summer international reporting program in Jerusalem, he knew he wanted to apply but he also knew he was going to need some financial help. So he decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign through Fund My Travel.
Fund My Travel is a new platform that helps people who want to study, volunteer or travel abroad raise funds for their adventures. Participants can create campaigns and then collect donations from friends, family members and others in their social network.
The site makes it easy for grandparents, teachers, friends, even strangers to help a student realize their personal and professional dreams. What could be a better holiday, birthday or graduation gift than a trip across the world?
Desiderio is the first ieiMedia student to try it out.
We tracked Desiderio down by email to find out more about this ambitious and resourceful young journalist.
Tell us a little about yourself — where you grew up, what you’re studying, extracurricular activities.
I’m a junior communication major at Cabrini College, which is 15 minutes from my hometown and 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia. My focus in communication, of course, is journalism – in particular, I’m passionate about international relations, foreign policy and humanitarian work. The Middle East is also a big interest of mine; I could read about the area, its history and culture, for days.
I’m the editor-in-chief of The Loquitur, our college’s weekly newspaper; the music director of our radio station; and vice president of social media for our collegiate chapter of Catholic Relief Services. My advocacy work with CRS has played an integral role in my education and in shaping my passion in journalism. This past Friday was my second time lobbying in Washington, D.C., on behalf of CRS and in light of the massive budget cuts that could affect its work and NGOs like it, should the “fiscal cliff” become a reality.
According to my mom, she’s always known that I would go into journalism – I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 6. I was on my school newspaper in middle school, but between then and college, I’d never given the field much thought. I wanted to be a U.S. ambassador stationed somewhere exotic; for a while, I also wanted to be a screenwriter. I ended up “falling into” journalism, but I’ve loved every minute of it – even on the long nights when I want to turn off CNN, unfollow everyone in my Twitter feed and never look at another RSS feed for as long as I live… it’s been a journey that I’d never take back.
It sounds like you’re fascinated with the Middle East. What intrigues you about that part of the world?
It’s a lot of things – no easy answer here! I wanted to go into linguistics originally – and, even after taking five years of French in high school, romance languages weren’t really grabbing my attention. I began to develop a keen interest in areas that, to me, were way more fascinating: Africa and the Middle East. There were so many things I just didn’t know about the countries they held, their wealth of culture and peoples. For a while, this passion was put on the back burner as I handled my first year of college and my general ed classes.
In my sophomore year, as I began journalism, Occupy Wall Street became this huge, curious thing: a movement by the people, for the people. I wanted to know more about it, and so I reported on Occupy Philly the day it began – I pitched the idea to my editors, and they agreed to it. This was my first time interviewing people on-the-fly, without anything to base my questions on except, simply, “Why are you here?” and many other broad questions. I loved it; as I learned more, however, I came to realize the global context – and I discovered the Arab Spring.
I didn’t get to do anything on the Arab Spring, unfortunately, but my college did produce a multimedia website, YouthVoicesRise.com, in partnership with journalists at the American University in Cairo, as the protests continued to unfold – truly groundbreaking, inspiring stuff. I suppose I’m a bit jealous of them there!
Nevertheless, I continued to learn more: Syria, Libya, you name it. After the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, I had the chance to interview CRS’ director of the Middle East, Mark Schnellbaecher, and get his take on all of the unanswered questions – especially on Ambassador Rice’s early claim that the “Innocence of Muslims” trailer was what sparked the attack, which, of course, ended up being
Schnellbaecher, and get his take on all of the unanswered questions – especially on Ambassador Rice’s early claim that the “Innocence of Muslims” trailer was what sparked the attack, which, of course, ended up being unfounded. I’ve also been following the Israel-Palestine and Israel-Iran conflicts, which are just so crucial in our country’s past, present and future.
What’s cemented this passion of mine the most, however, is meeting my friend Rasha. She’s an Iraqi refugee, a very fascinating and determined young woman; she came to the U.S. when she was 16, chose to attend a private Catholic college and eventually became the president of our chapter of CRS. To me, she exemplifies the necessary unity that I’d never quite seen elsewhere – I still see Muslims as treated negatively by Americans, as with anyone of Arab or Persian descent. It’s women like Rasha, and like Malala Yousefzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for just wanting an education, and Hanan Ashrawi, the first woman to be elected to the Palestinian National Council – these strong women of the Middle East are the reason why the region fascinates and compels me.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced as editor of your college newspaper?
This year, we’ve really tried to cater to our readers, to redefine the newspaper not as a reflection of the industry, but as our own unique, exclusive product. From my experience, a lot of college newspapers forget that they’re the industry’s future – not the industry’s present standard, and definitely not its past. So we’ve experimented a lot this year, and our unconventional election front page was even listed alongside the likes of the Daily Princetonian, the Collegiate Times and the Daily Illini as one of the best election front pages in the country on College Media Matters… a HUGE triumph for our small private college. Huge!
Election coverage aside (which proved very difficult), it’s been an interesting road. I feel that I’ve grown so much since taking on this role – but the journey’s just begun. The election was a great framework for story ideas, but now we’re ready to tackle enterprise pieces and more strategic, creative work.
What are you planning to do with your career?
I’ve definitely realized that I want to pursue a career in journalism, although I’m much more interested in the creative “disruptors” of traditional journalism – outfits like Narrative.ly, ReadMatter.com, Longform.org and QZ.com are the kinds of journalistic pursuits I see myself heading towards.
Before my career pans out and bills must be paid, though, I’m pursuing something which I’ve had my heart set on: serving in the Peace Corps, perhaps in Jordan, which is the only country in the Middle East in which it actively operates… the rest, from there, is unknowable. At least for now.
How are you planning to publicize your Fund My Travel campaign?
Once my winter break begins, I plan to figure that out! Over the years I’ve connected with a number of great bloggers in different fields (primarily indie authors) who may allow me to guest-blog; social media will definitely be an indispensable tool for this crowdfunding campaign, too – particularly Twitter.
I’ll also be restarting my own blog in a more personal-development-focused area, as I’ve reached this self-actualization period of my life recently and, in my opinion, the blogosphere is already saturated with SEO-centric ploys that there’s hardly any personal, compelling content produced by bloggers these days. Bloggers are people, too, not just businesspeople vying for views!
Linda Gradstein has reported on the Middle East for more than 20 years, covering everything from the intifada and the mass immigration of Soviet immigrants to Israel to the Persian Gulf War and the recent hostilities in Gaza and Southern Israel.
From 1990 until 2009 she was NPR’s primary reporter in Israel. She is now the Middle East bureau chief for The Media Line, one of the largest purveyors of media content to the Arab World. Her work has also appeared on PRI’s The World, AOL News and Slate. The Georgetown University graduate, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service and a master’s degree in Arab Studies, has won numerous awards for her reporting, including the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. She was also part of the team that received the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her coverage of the Persian Gulf War.
We recently corresponded with Gradstein to glean some advice from her about what it takes to become a foreign correspondent. Here’s what she had to say.
What advice do you have for students who want to become professional journalists?
Decide what kind of journalism you want to do and figure out a way to do it. I got my job at NPR by offering to buy my own ticket to Israel, and my own equipment. I then asked to spend a few weeks in Washington, without pay, following NPR reporters around. I guess I came too cheap to pass up.
I also suggest you find a mentor (Read about the 3 Types of Mentor Every Journalist Needs). I got my start in journalism as a translator from Hebrew and Arabic to English. I wangled a part-time job with the Washington Post bureau chief, Glenn Frankel, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage. Glenn, besides teaching me to write, got me my first freelance jobs. Even with all of the changes in journalism and new media, there is still a need for good content. Find out who’s doing what you want to do, and ask them how you can get their job!
What advice do you have for students who want to become international journalists?
Learn foreign languages. I speak both Hebrew and Arabic and they have been invaluable to my reporting career. There’s no substitute for simply going abroad and starting to work, even for free. Call up the local NPR bureau, or the local New York Times bureau, or CNN and offer your services. Before you call, come up with three story ideas that the correspondents may not know about and offer to help them get the stories. Ask to have coffee with reporters abroad. Figure out any way you can to get your foot in the door.
What advice do you have for students studying abroad?
Talk, talk, talk to anyone you can. Strike up conversations with everyone who crosses your path, from waiters to fellow bus passengers to complete strangers. If you’re lucky, you might even get an invitation home.
When I was on a study-abroad program in Cairo many years ago, I bought a soda from a young girl managing her family’s small kiosk. We struck up a conversation and she invited me to her home. Her family was poor, with an outhouse in the courtyard. They had never met an American before. I soon became an honorary member of the family, visiting them several times a week. I learned more about Egyptian society from them than I could ever have in a class.
Of course, you need to be careful, and women should be especially careful. Yet people in the Middle East are very hospitable and visiting people’s homes is the best way to get to know a country and a culture.
Think it would be cool to study with Linda Gradstein and report on Israel this summer? Check out ieiMedia’s summer program in Jerusalem at http://ieimedia.com/jerusalem.
A pair of veteran foreign correspondents will discuss their experiences reporting on the Middle East at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Friday, Sept. 14.
Janine Zacharia, former Jerusalem bureau chief for the Washington Post, will appear in conversation with Joel Brinkley, former New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief. Check-in for the event is at 11:30 a.m.; the discussion will begin at noon.
Zacharia, now a visiting scholar at Stanford University, was Jerusalem bureau chief and Middle East correspondent for the Washington Post from December 2009 through April 2011. During her time at the Washington Post, she reported widely throughout the Middle East, including assignments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Turkey.
Zacharia has also worked as chief diplomatic correspondent for Bloomberg News and as Washington bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post. She was a regular contributor to the New Republic and has appeared as a cable news analyst on MSNBC, CNN and other networks.
Brinkley is the Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence at Stanford. He joined the Department of Communication in the fall of 2006 after a 23-year career with The New York Times, where he served as a reporter, editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent.
At Stanford, Brinkley writes a weekly op-ed column on foreign affairs that appears in about 50 newspapers and websites in the United States and around the world each week, syndicated by Tribune Media Services.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brinkley began his journalism career at the Associated Press and over the following years worked for the Richmond (Va.) News Leader and the Louisville Courier Journal before joining the Times in 1983. At The New York Times, he served as Washington correspondent, White House correspondent and chief of the Times’ bureau in Jerusalem. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1980 and in the following years was twice a finalist for an investigative reporting Pulitzer (for one, as a member of a team).
Brinkley is the author of five books: Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land, U.S. vs. Microsoft: The Inside Story of the Landmark Case (with Steve Lohr), Defining Vision: The Battle for the Future of Television, The Circus Master’s Mission, and The Iran-Contra Affair (with Steve Engelberg).
The discussion will take place in the Gold Room at The Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Tickets are available through the Commonwealth Club website:
$7 for students
Free for Commonwealth Club members
It’s hard to imagine a more exciting place to get a taste of the foreign correspondent’s life than Jerusalem, one of the few cities in the world that still has a vibrant corps of international journalists. ieiMedia will launch a new international reporting program in the dynamic Israeli city in Summer 2013.
The program, which runs June 25-July 25, 2013, is co-sponsored by the Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the most prestigious universities in Israel. Students will live in dorms on the university’s Mt. Scopus campus and earn 6 units of transferable academic credit from The Hebrew University.
While the Jerusalem program is particularly suited to journalism, mass communication, Jewish/Middle East Studies and international relations students, others are welcome to apply. Journalism coursework and/or experience on a college or professional publication is desirable but not required.
Students will take two three-credit courses — Modern Israel and International Reporting. For the Modern Israel course Eran Kaplan, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Israel Studies at San Francisco State University, will lead students on a journey through the history, culture and politics of the country. Students will visit relevant sites and meet with Israeli politicians, policy makers and community leaders who can offer a variety of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A pair of veteran correspondents — Linda Gradstein, who covered Israel and the Middle East for NPR for 20 years and now serves as Middle East bureau chief for The Media Line, and former Christian Science Monitor Jerusalem bureau chief Ilene Prusher, who now covers Israeli Arabs and Palestinians for The Jerusalem Post — will teach the International Reporting course. Students will learn how to find stories, conduct interviews, shoot photographs and work with an interpreter. They’ll then report on the city around them, learning to produce balanced and nuanced stories, and will publish their work on a website.
ieiMedia Executive Director Rachele Kanigel, who is also an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, will direct the program and co-teach the International Reporting course. Kanigel, a former newspaper reporter who has freelanced for TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Health, Reader’s Digest and other publications, has directed past ieiMedia programs in Perpignan, France and Urbino, Italy.
The cost of the program is $4,995 plus airfare and includes housing, tuition, cultural events, a welcome and farewell dinner, and health insurance. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available.
Find out more at ieiMedia.com/Jerusalem.
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