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06/04/2013

Communication, New Media + Journalism / Issue III

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Julia Irwin (University of Minnesota) and Mackenzie Roberts (Elon University) with copies of más+menos 20

Greetings from Seville!

As we're about to close the Spring 2013 semester, the academic team of the CNMJ program feels quite proud of all of the students who’ve shared so many experiences with us over the last few months. We hope to enjoy many more opportunities in the future to keep on helping students from your institutions connect with Seville’s academic, cultural and social life.

All of our end-of-semester projects were completed on time, which never ceases to be a challenging task. The 20th edition of the magazine más+menos, 'Objetos Perdidos / Lost Objects', was printed just before the end of the semester and distribution is now in full swing. The students enjoyed their immersion within the community of vendors, buyers and visitors of Spain's oldest flea market, El Jueves, which each Thursday of the year spreads its contents over the old heart of the Feria neighborhood. You will be receiving a copy at your desk within the next few weeks.

Likewise, the courses 'Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting' and 'New Media and Visual Workshop' also took their different tools to this ancient flea market for the creation of truly engaging projects.

All of these exciting work will be soon made available with the launching of our new Student Projects' website. One of our main commitments at the CNMJ program is to provide the widest possible distribution for the work created by our students, so we're hoping that this new tool will be the perfect framework for the videos, photographs, podcasts and magazines created over the last few semesters. We will keep you posted.

The Spring of 2013 has been full of activities: we visited Europe's oldest city, Cádiz, in February; in mid March, we organized a public representation of a stage version of 'Don Quijote de La Mancha' by Estrellas en Silencio, the theatre group of the Psychiatric Hospital at Seville’s prison, which was attended by all CNMJ students; we spent three days in the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen at the beginning of April, which included a workshop of soundscapes with local participants who also hosted us at their homes; at the end of the same month, many of our students participated in the digital culture International Festival Zemos98, coordinated by some of our professors; and we visited, in addition to many places of significance in our city, the newsroom of the newspaper El Correo de Andalucía, the recording studios of Radio Nacional de España in Seville, the Delimbo art space, the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo or the graffiti walls doted along the Gualdalquivir river; we also invited artists, activists, journalists and other relevant members of the community to our classes so that they could share their knowledge and experience with us.

In order to celebrate the end the semester, we held a public event-party at the Tramallol space, which was attended by students, professors and many of our local friends.

We're happy to say that through their work and activities, most of our students have once again helped us expand our network of friends in Seville, as they've become a useful knot within the community. The interactions of this semester will prove useful both for other students in the near future and for our team. We'll keep nurturing these connections semester after semester.

As the CNMJ program consolidates its place as a meaningful option for many students in the Communication, Visual Arts and Media or Journalism areas, our team feels ready for new challenges. There will significant additions to our academic team next semester, about which I'll make sure to keep you posted.

Best wishes!

Óscar Ceballos

 

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