DATES: May 26 – June 23, 2017
PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare (Includes: Tuition – 3 credits, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinners on most days, travel insurance, welcome and farewell dinners, program activities and cultural events).
GENERAL LOCATION: Le Marche Region of Italy
The Urbino Project
Urbino lies in the northern part of central Italy’s Marche Region, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Many say the Renaissance started here under the patronage of Duke Federico da Montefeltro, whose twin-turreted palace still houses an outstanding collection of period art. Work with a team of experienced media professionals to create multimedia publications about the town of Urbino, Italy, and get a taste of being a foreign correspondent and digital storyteller.
Students will live and learn at the University of Urbino, with all meals included. No Italian language proficiency is required. Students will work with University of Urbino students who serve as translators/interpreters. The program includes basic Italian language instruction.
Video: Sights and Sounds of the Urbino Program
Students who sign up for Multimedia Journalism will study photography, international reporting, and video, and will produce a website about the city. Those who sign up for Magazine Journalism will study photography, international reporting, and feature writing, and will produce a print-on-demand magazine, Urbino Now.
The programs include full room and board in a University of Urbino dormitory.
During this four-week program, you will learn how to:
- research and report a story in a foreign setting
- produce multimedia content for a website or produce articles and photos for a feature magazine
- tell stories in ways that incorporate video, audio, graphics, maps and interactive elements
- work with an interpreter
- speak some basic Italian
Urbino is a picturesque Renaissance hill town and the jewel of the Marche region of central Italy. Although Urbino was a Roman and medieval city, its peak came during the 15th century when Duke Federico da Montefeltro established one of Europe’s most illustrious courts. Urbino’s historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Urbino is relatively small and off the beaten path of tourists, yet it’s a hip college town with one of the oldest universities in Italy. The town is nestled on a sloping hillside and the surrounding scenery is awe inspiring. You’re not likely to see buses with large groups of tourists here.
Beautiful Adriatic beaches are a short distance away and reachable via local bus service that runs multiple times per day. Florence and Venice are easily reachable via train in the nearby town of Pesaro.
The University of Urbino was founded in 1506, and currently has about 20,000 students, many of whom are from overseas. The university has no central campus as such, and instead occupies numerous buildings throughout the town and in the surrounding countryside.
Check out the latest travel magazine produced by our students in the magazine journalism program: Urbino Now 2016.
Check out the latest travel magazine produced by our students in the magazine journalism program: Urbino Now 2015.
You can also view earlier editions of the 2014, 2012, 2011, and 2010 (in print and digital formats).
Journalism Course (3 credits)
Students in the Urbino, Italy, program can sign up for either Section 1 Multimedia Journalism or Section 2 Magazine Journalism.
Students in Section 1 Multimedia Journalism will study photography, international reporting, and video, and will produce content for a website about the community. Each student will be required to write and create a slideshow and/or shoot and edit a short video story.
Students in Section 2 Magazine Journalism will study feature reporting, writing, and photography, and will create content for a print-on-demand magazine about Urbino and the surrounding area. Each student will produce text and photos for a full-length feature article.
Coached by teachers who have won Pulitzer Prizes and National Magazine Awards, students in both sections will work on skills critical for successful journalism, including the basics of reporting and telling compelling stories, through both words and images. Students will learn how to navigate as professional journalists in a foreign culture by working with interpreters and crafting ready-to-publish features and news stories. Students will also study “survival” Italian and learn about the history and culture of the region.
Students will sign up for 3 credits from our partner university, Jamestown University. (James Madison University and Iowa State University students will sign up for credit through their universities). Credits are transferable and may be accepted for journalism elective credit by your college or university.
Students will have three-day weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) free to explore the city, or to travel within Italy. Florence, Rome, Bologna and Venice are accessible by bus and train; regional buses from Urbino serve many charming, small towns in the region. Those who want to tour extensively should plan travel time before or after the program.
The program is open to English-speaking college students and recent graduates from any school. Students from many universities — including Iowa State University, James Madison University, Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech, Ryerson University, New York University, UCLA, Rider University, Truman State University, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kennesaw State University, California State University – Fullerton, Colorado State University, Temple University, Arizona State University, State University of New York at New Paltz, University of Arizona, University of Illinois, Georgetown University, University of Northern Iowa, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Humboldt State University, Indiana University, Washington & Lee University, Wilkes University, Carleton University, San Diego State University, American University, Nanyang Technological University, University of British Columbia, Westminster College and Baylor University — have participated in past ieiMedia programs. We’ve also had students from Japan, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Thailand and Trinidad.
Most of our students are journalism or communications majors but those majoring in other subjects are welcome as well. For non-journalism/communication majors, experience working for a college or professional publication is helpful, but is not necessary. The program is open to English-speaking students and recent graduates from around the world.
Graduate students are also invited to apply. We’d be happy to talk with you about supervising an independent project that would qualify for graduate credit at your school, or to offer this experience as a graduate internship.
Our faculty come from leading universities and news organizations. In 2017 our faculty will likely include:
Steven D. Anderson is a professor of the James Madison University School of Media Arts & Design. He is also a former environmental reporter at KCNC television, a network O&O station in Denver, Colorado. His reporting often involved in-depth examination of local and regional environmental issues and an explanation of the science behind them.
Multimedia and Magazine Faculty
Anthony Adornato is an assistant professor of journalism at Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications. Adornato specializes in teaching and researching the use of mobile and social media in journalism. His textbook on this topic will be published by Sage in 2017.
Nancy Andrews is the Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor in Media Innovation in the Reed College of Media at the University of West Virginia. Andrews joined the College in Fall 2015. Previously, she was the Chief of Innovation at the Detroit Free Press where she handled leading innovation in news, products and new models for journalism and revenue.
Susan Biddle was a Washington Post staff photographer for thirteen years and now freelances for the Post as well as other publications and organizations. As a White House photographer, she documented the Presidency for the last year of the Reagan administration and all four years of the George H.W. Bush administration.
Michael Gold, cofounder of Health, former editor of Strings, book author and consultant who helped launch Dwell magazine and other prominent publications and websites.
Rustin Greene spent his first career as a television writer/producer/director, earning two Los Angeles Area EMMY awards and three Cable ACE awards. Rusty is now in his second career, teaching in James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design.
Barry Janes works and teaches electronic media theory, programming and technology at Rider University. He has been a producer, director and/or writer of more than 100 video productions, and has advised numerous corporations, non-profit organizations and municipalities.
Greg Luft is chair of the Journalism and Technical Communication department at Colorado State University. He has a diverse career as a television news reporter and anchor; documentary, educational, and corporate video producer; freelance video journalist; teacher, and academic administrator.
Bob Marshall is a New Orleans journalist whose reporting on Louisiana coastal issues at The Times-Picayune and The Lens has been recognized by two Pulitzer Prizes; the John H. Oakes Prize for Distinguished Environmental Reporting from Columbia University; the Keck Award for best science reporting from The National Academies of Sciences, a national Edward Murrow Award from the Radio, Television and Digital News Association, Gannett Award for Innovative Watchdog Journalism from the Investigative Reports and Editors Association, The National Headliners Award and many others.
Susan West, founding editor in chief of Afar, former executive editor of Smithsonian, and consultant who has advised magazines and websites from Cooking Light to WebMD.
Italian Language and Culture Faculty
Francesca Carducci received her degree in Pharmacy at the University of Urbino. She teaches English and is a lecturer (CEL) in the Department of Modern Literature and Philological-Linguistic Sciences at the University of Urbino.
View complete faculty biographies on our Urbino Faculty Page.
Students will live in a University of Urbino dorm, either in a private room with private bath or sharing a room with a private bath with one other student. Three tasty, varied meals a day in the student cafeteria are included. Sheets and towels will be provided.
Students are expected to bring a laptop computer and digital camera. Digital high-definition video cameras, microphones (handheld, lavalier and wireless) and tripods are provided by ieiMedia. Some digital still cameras will also be provided for those who need them.
Students will have daily instruction in “survival” Italian, taught by Francesca Carducci, a professor at the University of Urbino. The classes cover the basics of conversational Italian and provide some insight into the culture, food and way of life in Italy.
When reporting you will work with University of Urbino students, who will act as interpreters. In the past, students have found the process of working with these Italian students to be one of the most rewarding experiences in the program.
The cost is $4,995 plus airfare. The price includes tuition (3 credits), housing and most meals, instruction, basic travel insurance, welcome and goodbye dinners and special programs, activities and cultural events. Transfer from and to the airport in Rome is also provided.
Students studying abroad for the summer term have limited financial aid options. Check with your school’s financial aid office and your study-abroad offices to find out if assistance is available. More information on financial aid is available here.
Students must fill out the online application and include contact information for two references (academic and/or professional) using the “Apply Now” link below. A $150 application fee is required with the application, but will be returned if a student is not accepted into the program. Application deadline: Rolling admission until program fills.
If you have questions before applying, fill out our contact form.
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by Deanna Brigandi, James Madison University, Urbino Project 2015