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Scholarships available for ieiMedia Jerusalem program

Mar 28, 2017   //   by Rachele Kanigel   //   Blog, Israel, Jerusalem, Israel, Scholarships  //  No Comments
Rachele Kanigel is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She directed ieiMedia projects in Jerusalem (2013), Perpignan (2010 and 2011) and Urbino (2009) and taught reporting in Cagli in 2007. In 2017 she will co-direct ieiMedia's new international reporting program in Kyoto, Japan.

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 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 or 561-297-6265.

Press Clubs Offer Scholarships to Aspiring Journalists

Jan 23, 2013   //   by Rachele Kanigel   //   Blog, Scholarships  //  No Comments
Rachele Kanigel is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She directed ieiMedia projects in Jerusalem (2013), Perpignan (2010 and 2011) and Urbino (2009) and taught reporting in Cagli in 2007. In 2017 she will co-direct ieiMedia's new international reporting program in Kyoto, Japan.

Students seeking financial support for ieiMedia summer study-abroad programs may want to check out their local press club scholarship programs. Many press clubs offer scholarships for journalism and communication students and those preparing for a career in journalism. Here’s a list of some of the many opportunities available:

The National Press Club offers several scholarships, including the Scholarship for Journalism Diversity, the Feldman Fellowship for Graduate Studies in Journalism, and the Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship, for high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in journalism.
Deadline: March 1

The Sacramento Press Club
offers a total of $34,000 in assistance to students who are preparing for a career in journalism or a closely related field.  The seven scholarships range in value from $4,000 to $8,000.
Deadline: April 5

The Denver Women’s Press Club offers three scholarships to young writers.
Deadline: Contact the sponsoring organization
The Big Island Press Club
annually offers the $500 Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship and the $1,500 Robert C. Miller Memorial Scholarship and administers the $500 Yukino Fukubori Memorial Scholarship, the $1,000 Bill Arballo Scholarship and the Marcia Reynolds Memorial Scholarship. All are awarded to qualified students working toward a career in journalism or a related field.
Deadline: June 9

The Idaho Press Club
awards the $1,500 Don Watkins Scholarship each year to graduates of Idaho high schools who have completed one year of college and wish to pursue a career in journalism or communications. Full-time students majoring in journalism or working for a college or professional media outlet are eligible.
Deadline: Feb. 15

The Valley Press Club
in Springfield, Massachusetts offers five $1,000 scholarships to students planning to study journalism in college.


The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Journalism Foundation award a variety of scholarships for communication students. These scholarships include the Press Club’s $5,000 media scholarship for students pursuing careers in print, broadcast or digital journalism careers; many summer internship $1,000 scholarships for communication students; a Press Club internship $1,000 scholarship each semester; the Press Club and St. Louis Post-Dispatch David Lipman scholarship for $5,000 awarded through the Missouri School of Journalism to a journalism student at the University of Missouri-Columbia; a $1,000 Sky’s the Limit scholarship awarded through Mathew-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club; and up to 13 different Journalism Foundation scholarships ranging in amounts from $500 to $1500 provided by other professional communication organizations through the Press Club.
Deadline: May 3


The New York Press Club Foundation began offering journalism scholarships in 2012. Details for 2013 were not available.
The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania
offers a $5,000 Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship to aspiring journalists.

Deadline: Extended to Feb. 1

The Press Club serving the Philadelphia suburbs offers four scholarships to students pursuing fields in writing and communications.
Deadline: Contact the sponsoring organization

Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh offers scholarships to students who are interns or occasional stringers to professional media organizations or student media staff members.
Deadline: Contact the sponsoring organization

The Press Club Of Dallas Foundation Scholarship Fund awards one or more one-year scholarships up to a total of $15,000 to current college students who have graduated from a high school in the DFW Metroplex, completed at least 45 hours of collegiate coursework, and are currently pursuing a college degree in the communications field, to include print and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising.
Deadline: Contact the sponsoring organization

The Milwaukee Press Club each year provides scholarship money to Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At each of those schools, representatives select a student to receive the scholarship.
Deadline: Contact the schools listed above.

Don’t see your region or state listed here? Many other press clubs offer scholarships to students interested in pursuing a degree or a career in journalism. Search for your city or state and “press club” to get contact for your local, regional or statewide press club.

We will continue to update this list as we learn about more press club scholarships. If you know about others that should be listed here please write to rkanigel (at) ieimedia (dot) com.

National Association of Black Journalists awards scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. Scholarships are worth up to $2,500.
Deadline: Feb. 28

Crowdfunding Student Featured in USA Today College

Jan 16, 2013   //   by Rachele Kanigel   //   Blog, Israel, Jerusalem, Israel, Social Media  //  No Comments
Rachele Kanigel is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She directed ieiMedia projects in Jerusalem (2013), Perpignan (2010 and 2011) and Urbino (2009) and taught reporting in Cagli in 2007. In 2017 she will co-direct ieiMedia's new international reporting program in Kyoto, Japan.

A Cabrini College student who is trying to raise money for ieiMedia’s summer international reporting program in Jerusalem was featured in an article in USA Today College about crowdfunding.

Brandon Desiderio

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.”


Student plans to crowdfund his way to Jerusalem

Dec 3, 2012   //   by Rachele Kanigel   //   Blog, Israel, Jerusalem, Israel  //  No Comments
Rachele Kanigel is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She directed ieiMedia projects in Jerusalem (2013), Perpignan (2010 and 2011) and Urbino (2009) and taught reporting in Cagli in 2007. In 2017 she will co-direct ieiMedia's new international reporting program in Kyoto, Japan.

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.

Brandon Desiderio

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?

ieiMedia partnered with Fund My Travel in November, just as the site was launching, with the hope of helping more students take advantage of this new form of financial aid.

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.

How did you get interested in journalism?

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,, 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,, and 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!


ieiMedia Partners With Crowdfunding Site

Nov 8, 2012   //   by Rachele Kanigel   //   Blog  //  No Comments
Rachele Kanigel is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She directed ieiMedia projects in Jerusalem (2013), Perpignan (2010 and 2011) and Urbino (2009) and taught reporting in Cagli in 2007. In 2017 she will co-direct ieiMedia's new international reporting program in Kyoto, Japan.

Looking for a way to fund your study-abroad trip? ieiMedia has partnered with Fund My Travel to help students set up crowdfunding campaigns designed to help them make their study-abroad dreams a reality.

Fund My Travel is an online fundraising platform developed by to allow students to raise funds for “meaningful travel experiences,” such as study-abroad programs and overseas internships and volunteer opportunities. Participants can create a customized webpage that describes their travel plans and sets a fundraising goal. They can then share the page with friends, family members and other contacts through social networking sites.

Fund My Travel is the latest entry in a the growing field of online fundraising platforms that have launched in recent years. In the same way that journalists use Spot.Us to raise money to report stories and entrepreneurs use Kickstarter to help them get their businesses off the ground, people can use Fund My Travel to raise money for travel projects.

Setting up a campaign with Fund My Travel is easy. The site offers step-by-step instructions; all you need to start is a verified PayPal account. ieiMedia students can choose ieiMedia from among the list of program providers and then select their desired program.

Has Grandpa asked what you want for Christmas? Is Aunt Norma looking for graduation gift ideas? Send them to Fund My Travel and they can read about your plans to study international reporting in Israel or create an iPad magazine in France.

To launch the new site, Fund My Travel is giving away $50 of free funding to the first 50 successful  fundraisers who reach their campaign goal amounts.

Fund My Travel charges a 5 percent fee for the service; standard PayPal charges also apply. ieiMedia does not profit in any way from students setting up campaigns through Fund My Travel. ieiMedia students are welcome to use other crowdfunding platforms, such as MyTab or GoGetFunding to raise funds.

Unlike with some online fundraising platforms, Fund My Travel does not require that you meet your goal to collect the money. If you set a goal of $5,000 and you only raise $3,500 you will still receive all the donations.

Fund My Travel is open to students around the world.

For more information about Fund My Travel go to the organization’s FAQ page.






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