Jerusalem Faculty

Susan Jacobson
Susan Jacobson

Susan Jacobson (ieiMedia Fellow) has worked in new media her entire professional and academic career. She received a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida, an MPS from New York University’s top-ranked Interactive Telecommunications Program and later earned a PhD from NYU. She has travelled all over the world and has taken study abroad students to London, Northern Ireland and Italy. She was an international student herself at Peking University in the People’s Republic of China. She has a passion for working with students to explore new cultures and regions and helping them produce digital stories. Dr. Jacobson’s first “real” job was with The New York Times Company, working on an experimental online service in the early days of the Internet. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Florida International University in Miami, FL, where she leads the Media Innovation Incubator Lab and teaches courses in multimedia production, broadcasting and Web development. Jacobson will be part of the Jerusalem program in 2014.

Linda Gradstein
Linda Gradstein

Linda Gradstein (International Reporting – ieiMedia Fellow) is the Middle East bureau chief for The Media Line, one of the largest purveyors of media content to the Arab World. For 20 years, she was the Jerusalem correspondent for National Public Radio and has won several awards for her coverage. She has covered important events in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip such as the intifada, the mass immigration of Soviet immigrants to Israel, the leadership of Yasser Arafat, Hamas in Gaza, the Persian Gulf war, and major elections in Israel. Ms. Gradstein was the Israel correspondent for NPR News from 1990 until 2009. She is a member of the team that received the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as well as the team that received Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her coverage of the Persian Gulf War. She has also published stories in The Washington Post, Slate, and The Jerusalem Report. She has been a visiting professor of journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina. Linda speaks Hebrew and Arabic. Her most important productions are her four children, age 8–18. Linda taught in the 2013 program in Jerusalem and returns in 2014.

Ilene Prusher
Ilene Prusher

Ilene Prusher (International Reporting – ieiMedia Fellow) is a multi-genre writer based in Jerusalem, who has covered some 30 countries in the course of her career as a foreign correspondent. She was a staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor from 2000 to 2010, serving as the Boston-based newspaper’s bureau chief in Tokyo, Istanbul, and Jerusalem and covering the major conflicts of the past decade: Iraq and Afghanistan. She now teaches Reporting Conflict for NYU-Tel Aviv, runs creative writing workshops, covers Israeli Arabs and Palestinians for The Jerusalem Post, and writes Primigravida, a popular blog about motherhood. After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1993, she started her career as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Later, she freelanced from the Middle East for Newsday, The New Republic, The Financial Times, The Guardian and The Observer (UK). She was nominated by The Christian Science Monitor for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for ”What’s a Kidney Worth,” an investigative story on organ trafficking, and won the United Nations Correspondents’ Association (UNCA) Award in 1998 for several stories on Somalia. Her first novel, Baghdad Fixer, is due to be released in November 2012 by Halban Publishers in London. Prusher taught in Jerusalem in 2013 and returns in 2014.

Cathy Shafran
Cathy Shafran, Program Director

Cathy Shafran (Reporting – ieiMedia Faculty/Instructor) is a Special Lecturer at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan specializing in International Reporting and Broadcast Journalism. She has spent nearly 40 years working as a broadcast journalist somewhere in the world. Her reporting covered conflicts from the streets of Flint, Michigan, to battlefields in the Middle East. She reported on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as well as uprisings on the Israeli/Lebanese boarder. Her work included reports from across Israel as well as Gaza, Southern Lebanon and Egypt. She also worked for Canadian Television (CTV) during the Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. She has worked at the Jerusalem bureaus of ABC, CNN, Associated Press Television News, Britain’s ITN, and Canada’s CTV. Shafran worked as a general assignment reporter at an ABC television affiliate in Michigan for 25 years. She completed her Masters in Linguistics with research focusing on the semantics of the term ‘terrorism’ in news coverage. Her current focus in the classroom involves concentrations in story development, broadcast writing techniques and technological/multimedia adaptations for broadcast news stories. She will direct the Jerusalem program in 2014.

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