Career Webinars

Career Webinars

The Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) sponsored three free career development webinars that were open to students and young professionals. You can view recordings of the webinars below.


Friday, March 15, 2024 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

Interested in a career in travel reporting or writing? Our panelists share a breadth of knowledge about navigating a journalism career in the travel space, industry tips to strive by, and misconceptions in the field.

Deni Chamberlin (she/her): is a Pulitzer-Prize winner and currently working as an Associate Professor of Journalism at Iowa State University. With over 20 years of experience as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist, Deni now utilizes her skills and expertise as Director of Photography at the Food & Environment Reporting Network and Faculty Director with ieiMedia for our Adriatic, Italy program.

Evan Lambert (he/they): is a culture writer, journalist, travel writer, short fiction writer, playwright, and one-man personal essay factory. He writes for Business Insider, Thought Catalog, Queerty, and Pink Ticket Travel -- among others -- and he has bylines at BuzzFeed, Going, Mic, Xtra, The Discoverer, Paste, and many more.

Teresa Puente (she/ella): is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach, who teaches News Reporting and Ethics, Social Media Communication and Bilingual Magazine Reporting & Production. She has spent her career reporting on immigration and Latino issues in the U.S. and has also reported extensively from Mexico. Aside from her role at CSULB, she also serves as Faculty Director for ieiMedia’s program in Madrid, Spain, and she previously taught study abroad programs in Mexico, Peru and Italy.

Sophie DiFrancesco (they/them), a recent James Madison University grad with a double major in theatre and journalism, moderated this session. During their time at JMU, Sophie studied abroad with iEiMedia in Urbino, Italy, and now continues to share their experience with students and professors around the country.


Friday, Feb. 24, Noon PST/3 p.m. EST

Want to travel the world and tell stories? Find out what travel editors look for in pitches and how to get your work published. Panelist names are listed below the video.


  • Katherine LaGrave, deputy editor, Afar Media
  • Silas Valentino, travel editor, SFGate
  • Amanda Finnegan, editor, By the Way, the Washington Post's travel destination
  • Nikki Vargas, senior editor, Fodor's Travel

Rachele Kanigel, a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University and director of ieiMedia’s international reporting and photography program in Arles, France, moderated.


Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST

Do you dream of becoming a foreign correspondent? Join ieiMedia for a panel with three accomplished journalists who will share their experiences and advice for students and young professionals eager to embark on a career in international reporting. Panelist bios are listed below the video.

Ilene Prusher, former correspondent and bureau chief for The Christian Science Monitor who reported in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. She is now a journalism professor at Florida Atlantic University and will direct ieiMedia’s international reporting program in Jerusalem this summer.


Nomi Morris, former correspondent in Berlin for TIME and others, as well as Middle East Bureau chief for Knight Ridder Newspapers, based in Jerusalem. She is now a lecturer in the Writing Program at University of California, Santa Barbara and will direct ieiMedia’s international reporting program in Berlin this summer.

Deni Chamberlin, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who covered the fall of communism in Eastern Europe for TIME, The New York Times Magazine and other publications. She is now associate professor of Visual Journalism at Iowa State University and will teach in ieiMedia’s international reporting program in Arles, France, this summer.

Alexandra Goldberg, a 2022 alumna of the Berlin, Germany program, moderated this session. Alex is currently a senior at UC Santa Barbara and working as an intern at ieiMedia.



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