College Students Do Multi-Media Projects Abroad

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The College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University has partnered with ieiMedia to give students the experience of working like a backpack journalist next summer.

The San Francisco State University Journalism Department and the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia, Towson MD) have announced a new partnership that will enable college students to earn 3 credits working on two multimedia storytelling projects next summer in Urbino, Italy (June 30-July 30, 2009) and Armagh, Northern Ireland (July 15-Aug. 16, 2009)

The Institute, a pioneer in converged media education, has been sending students abroad since 2001 working with such universities as Marquette and Temple. Last summer ieiMedia concluded a long run in Cagli, Italy with the acquisition of its site there by Marquette University.

Returning to Armagh and opening up Urbino is a continuation of the ieiMedia philosophy of sending students to communities that are off the beaten tourist track, allowing students to immerse themselves in the local culture. Students will learn various aspects of digital storytelling -- including photography, video, writing for the Web, blogging, podcasting and Web design -- and will produce an online multimedia documentary about the local community (see http://www.InArmagh.net and http://www.InCagli.net for examples of work from previous years). Students will also study Intercultural Communication and Irish history and culture (Armagh) and Italian language (Urbino).

The cost of the program is $4,475 plus airfare. For more information and an application for Urbino contact UrbinoProject @ gmail.com; for Armagh contact ArmaghProject @ gmail.com.

About Armagh, N. Ireland
Situated on the Irish Republic's border, Armagh is a city rich in culture and history. It was here that St. Patrick reportedly built the first stone church in 445 and two cathedrals in his name still tower over the city. With 15,000 residents, Armagh has a wide range of attractions: museums, national parks, historic castles and houses, a modern theater, a university, Ireland's only planetarium, and numerous restaurants and pubs. Activities include golf, fishing, bicycling, and hiking. Armagh is served by public transportation and is one hour from Belfast, two from Dublin, and three from Galway.

Classes will be held in the AmmA Centre, a multimedia creative learning centre in Armagh. Students will live in the Armagh City Youth Hostel,a modern facility with private baths. Some meals will be provided, and students will have access to a large communal kitchen, as well as laundry facilities.

About Urbino, Italy
Urbino is a picturesque Renaissance hill town and the capital of the Marche region, a beautiful but little-touristed region of Central Italy. The city's impressive Ducal Palace houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in the world. The artist Raphael was born in Urbino (in 1483) and visitors can tour his family home, which is now a museum. Other attractions include a small botanical garden, a medieval church and a 14thcentury fortress offering stunning views of the town and the surrounding hills.

The University of Urbino, founded in 1506, will provide classroom space as well as housing. Students will live in a residence hall; all meals in the university dining facility are included.

For more details see the web site at http://www.ieiMedia.com.

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