Photos by Antonio Pérez at Espacio Tramallol: (top) professor Carlos Pineda shows students' projects from the previous semester; (center left) Kyle Tizio, Alexandra Hernandez, Ellie Gebhardt and Krista Cipollone; (center right) professor Marina Blesa explains future projects of the new course "Social Justice, Action and Matter: Stories that Matter"; (bottom) general view of Espacio Tramallol during the presentation.
All 19 students enrolled this fall 2014 semester in the Communication, New Media and Journalism program (CNMJ) arrived onsite on September 2nd sound, safe and eager to start their semester abroad. We're very pleased to be welcoming students from such prestigious institutions as Elon, Santa Clara, Villanova, Johns Hopkins and Clark Universities as well as from the Universities of Oregon, Colorado at Boulder, Iowa, Indiana-Bloomington, Scranton and Fordham.
Following a rather exhausting first week of onsite orientation, all students are now ending their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish or History. They're all tuning into their Spanish skills so that they can enjoy a most successful semester abroad. Feedback is so far positive on all sides, in spite of the heavy rain which –as fall has it– has accompanied us the last few days.
In order to introduce our wonderful an committed academic team, as well as to further discuss the program's academic components, our commitment towards our host community and the guiding principles of CNMJ's experiential learning projects, students, professors and collaborators gathered last Tuesday evening, September 9th, at Espacio Tramallol. This is an old warehouse located at the heart of old Seville, which has already become our second—or perhaps third—home. Students had a change to learn first hand about the social, political, culinary and cultural activities that take place in this unique hub of cotemporary Seville. This will be the first of the many events about which we will keep you posted during the next three months.
This semester we've further strengthen our links with the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), a first-rate cultural institution located at a 2-minute walk from the CIEE study center. In addition to continuing conducting CNMJ's core and elective courses at its media lab, the Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting Workshop course, taught by the media professional and educator Ruben Díaz, has become part of CICUS formative offer as a for-credit workshop for 6 students from the University of Seville, chosen out of a total of 25 applicants. They will be sharing course activities and media projects with the eight students from CNMJ enrolled in the course.
Anna Spack (Clark University) introduces herself to peer students and professors. Photo A. Pérez
This fall 14 semester, we've also expanded the academic and experiential learning offer of the CNMJ program by creating a new course titled Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter, which is taught by the journalist and social activist Marina Blesa and will offer students the possibility of contributing to the creation and development of a radio station in conjunction with 15 to 17-year-old students of the Ramón Carande high school, an educational institution of great significance in helping students who live in Seville's Polígono Sur neighborhood escape marginalization and social exclusion. This new project is a big challenge for which we not only have the support of the high school professors and leadership but also of staff members at our study center.
As I always do, I'd like to encourage you to visit our website of student projects, masmenos.es in order to check amazing contributions from our students of the Spring 2014 semester in the areas of magazine, tv (audiovisual), podcast and photo reporting. There will be many more projects coming soon, as the students from your institutions start engaging with members of their host community while developing a wide variety of personal and academic skills: We trust that their endeavor will carry them well beyond all customized zones as they find areas of research and stories of true human interest.
Do not miss the opportunity to also "like" and start following our Facebook page for regular updates of he program's activities.
Let's wish all of our students and professors good luck.
Best regards from Seville.
Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD