Not sure what program is right for you? Click Here
CIEE

© 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Study Abroad in

Back to Program Back to Blog Home

103 posts categorized "Communication, New Media, and Journalism (COMM)"

05/18/2018

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM SPANISH NEWSLETTER III / SPRING 18

Our Spring 2018 semester ended a week ago after 17 weeks of shared experiences and intense academic work. We’re proud to say that all our students have shown a keen interest in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors, have experienced life in Seville at many different levels, and have shown great commitment in the production of meaningful media projects with a focus on their host community.A prime example of this is the video interview that Dominika Struk (University of Illinois at Chicago) conducted, recorded and edited of the very fine Don José (above), a Venezuelan turned Cuban, now a resident of Seville’s neighborhood of San Julian who, at 78, recounts his life for Dominika’s camera with a defeating sense of humor and a great display of passion for life… And what has he not done?! A boxer, a carpenter, a motorcycle racer, a mechanic… Now, a grandfather. This is Dominika’s final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Contextwith professor Carlos Pineda. As the rest of her peers in the course, Dominika has contributed to increase our students’ ever-growing media gallery of characters from the city, which include videos, magazine articles, podcasts and photo projects. See more, hear more and read more at our website of students’, masmenos.es.

Mas_menos_30_cover

The 30th edition of the bilingual magazine más+menos is titled “Identity and Place / Identidad y Lugar” and has been created by the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing–with professor Óscar Ceballos– in collaboration this semester with students from the University of Seville. The twelve stories in this magazine describe one of our most important endeavours as human beings: finding a place we can call our own. In the article about basketball player Ryan Kelly, ‘Confessions of a Serial Traveler’, Benjamin Portnoy (Indiana University-Bloomington) tells the story of a former Duke and Los Angeles Lakers star, now starting a new life with his wife and daughter in Seville, playing for Betis Endesa. Emily Milakovic (George Washington University) interviews Clara Duarte about finding her identity in an open family environment though still influenced by a predominantly catholic and traditional society, “I Thought I Was Alone”. In the beautifully written article ‘Held Together with Thread’, Veronica Moyer surprises us with the story of Merche Pérez, who has a created a warm environment in the heart of the community while finding her own place in it. You can read the rest of the stories at masmenos.esor download its pdf versionto get the feel of the printed edition.

_DSC4609

As always, being creative has been an important part in the process of connecting with the host community, not only focussing on its history and culture but, more intently, on its present tribulations and its hopes for the future. Above, you can see a moment of the workshop conducted by professors Rubén Díaz and Antonio Pérez for the course ‘Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain’ and framed within the unit 'Ways of seeing Spain: Photography and Truth'. You can see the amazing outcome in this post of our Facebook page, where you will find much more information about the semesterof our students, not only from the Communication, New Media and Journalism Spanish program, but from all of them.

We’ll be back with more news in September, at the start of the Fall 2018 semester. In the meantime, have a great summer!      

05/16/2018

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM ENGLISH NEWSLETTER III / SPRING 2018

NewsletterBannerSeville686x101 (002) CNMJE3 WE SAY GOODBYE FROM SEVILLE!

The end of the Spring Semester came last May 10th, celebrated with a farewell ship cruise along the Guadalquivir River where our CIEE students enjoyed a wonderful landscape accompanied by some friends and other local staff members.

In this last part of the semester it´s worthy to highlight that the students of the Digital Video Reporting in Context course carried out a performative documentary practice at Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), where there was an exhibition by the Belgian performance artist Jan Fabre and the Iraqi artist Ala Younis.

The Contemporary Art Museum was chosen for three reasons. Firstly, as a proposal for students to contrast their preconceived ideas about the type of art that can be found in Seville and thus provide a sample of the heterogeneity that the city presents in this sense. Second, because the chosen space is, in its conception, an example of contemporary art by eclectically combining the specific aesthetics of an ancient monastery (whose Arabic origins go back to the 12th century) with that of modern works of art. Finally, this museum was chosen, and specifically, this exhibition, because none of the students knew the artists who exhibited their works in it, which provided an ideal context for the practice of performative documentary: faced with ambiguous contents, rich in meanings and possibly disconcerting, the reflection of the students on the exposed works could become a stimulating challenge for them. CNMJE 13
CNMJE 13
CNMJE 13
CNMJE 13
CNMJE 13
CNMJE 13 CNMJE 12

During the Summer we continue working with the applications of our future students for next Fall Semester 2018.

We are very grateful to CNMJE students for their participation in our program. It has been a real pleasure to work and learn with them.

Our best wishes for all their future challenges,

CIEE CNMJE Program



04/13/2018

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM ENGLISH NEWSLETTER II / SPRING 2018

NewsletterBannerSeville686x101 (002)
Image1

Seville retakes its activity after its Holy Week and finishes its preparations to celebrate its most popular Feria de Abril.

During the past months, CIEE CNMJE students enjoyed great cultural and academic experiences which are helping them to grow personally, culturally and professionally in the future.

ACADEMICS

Our students continue their course hosted by EUSA. Visits to local channels like Canal Sur Tv. and other out-of-class activities have taken place along the current semester.

Students were encouraged to make a last effort to take the most of their experience abroad and perform successfully considering the arrival of the end of the course.

Mid-semester Individual interviews helped them to review their goals for this experience in Spain too, so CIEE could support them individually to guess how they can reach their desired targets. After some time for adaptation, program seems to overcome their expectations. In their personal midterm interviews they admit that they are happy, comfortable and integrated in the program.

IMG_20180405_124127

TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES

Morocco overnight trip. 6 out of our 8 CNMJE students travelled to the North of Africa together with the IBC program (around 30 students altogether).

Our students travelled to Tanger where they visited the women's center, DARNA, and had an informal conversation with Moroccan students about cultural diversity, education and women's rights in Morocco. They also drove to Asilah along the Atlantic coast and walked through its Medina (old town). In Rabat, they were hosted by locals during two nights and enjoyed walking through its Medina in small groups, visiting: Mausoleum of King Mohammed V, a NGO in Salé, across the river from Rabat, the Roman ruins—Chellah, and exploring Rabat’s Kasbah (old fort), street life and the Medina market in small groups with Moroccan students or young professionals who are volunteering their free time to share their culture with them.

IMG_20180406_174923_074 IMG_20180406_174923_074

Students also found interesting the conversation that they had with a Peace Corps Volunteer about living and working in Morocco, as well as the experience of using the Moroccan public baths (Hammam) by themselves. But they could also contrast urban life with local life in the countryside through a short walk in the Rif Mountains, where they met a family home in a mountain village. They had lunch in the house of the family and a conversation about education, simplicity of life and economic challenges of rural areas in Morocco.

In Chefchaouen they enjoyed of a short walk through its medina with some background information about its Moorish and Jewish inhabitants and its historic link to Al Andalus. But they also learned exploring the Medina in their free time both how beautiful Chefchaouen is and how damaging tourism can be.

To close the trip and say goodbye, a special celebration dinner in the Medina of Chefchaouen took place. And afterwards, some Social time on the roof terrace of their hostal: to share images and thoughts from their journey.

IMG_20180406_125155 IMG_20180406_125155

Moreover, Ciee LS students had the opportunity to join other Ciee students and some Spaniards to enjoy different local activities such as visits to historical monuments like the Cathedral or the Alcázar, Plaza de España and el Parque de Maria Luisa, Medieval Castles or Italica Ruins, and neighborhoods like Triana, Arenal or the Jewish part of Santa Cruz, historic buildings like the Pilatos House, nearby cities like Aracena, Jerez de la Frontera and its bodegas, Córdoba, Ronda, Carmona and hiking in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla or Sierra de Huelva. They could also visit some museums like Bellas Artes and participate in some thematic workshops like: graffiti, mud and wine, cooking tapas, religions, LGTB, wine, olive oil or craft beer tasting, sevillanas and flamenco, sports like kayak or gymkhana, and finally tours like: convents, Sevilla Low Cost, Opera, bikes tour and Cinema in Sevilla.

IMG_20180406_153324

More news are coming soon!

 

03/31/2018

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM SPANISH NEWSLETTER II / SPRING 18

Above: video of Kashaf Momin interviewed by Annie Quigley and Asa Goldstein on celebrating International Women's Day in Seville

Dear friends,

Our Spring 2018 semester advances and the students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism Spanish program (CNMJ S) have just enjoyed the first of their two one-week breaks of the semester. This period for recharging their batteries will come in handy as they will soon be busy working on their end of semester media projects and assignments.

Meanwhile, they’re fully absorbed by their life in Seville. This newsletter is headed with a video produced by CNMJ S students Annie Quigley (Indiana University-Bloomington) and Asa Goldstein (Elon University), who interviewed her peer Kashaf Moin, student of the Advanced Liberal Arts program from Georgetown University, on celebrating International Women's Day in Seville.

On March 8th the majority of CNMJ S program students participated in the massive demonstration celebrated in Seville, as in all Spanish capitals, to signal IWD demanding equal rights for women and men. Guided by journalist and CIEE profesor Marina Blesa, the students of the courses 'Gender, Identities and the Quest for Equality in Spain', 'Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter', and 'Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting', created banners to carry to the demonstration. At CIEE Seville’s Facebook page, you can see the memory of their participation through this brief collection of photos.

Experimenting is a constant activity at the CNMJ S program. Every semester, Spanish photographer and CIEE professor Antonio Pérez Gil collaborates with Rubén Díaz in his course Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain. On this occasion, the photographer facilitated a workshop on visual cultural memory, manipulation and the power of images, which he titled "Ways of seeing Spain: Photography and Truth". The students worked with an archive of photographs from the Spanish Civil War in Seville, as well as with other images out of context (from other war contexts, from war movies, or even from video games). The two pictures below, featuring Lauren Chin from Brandeis University, give you an idea of what the students experimented. 

_DSC4825
_DSC4825

In addition to their academic work, many CNMJ S students are making the most out of their experience abroad by either volunteering at local NGOs, teaching English at public and private schools, training with soccer and volley teams, or simply participating in some of the many activities that, organised by CIEE Seville’s Student Life team, allow them to connect with their host community at different levels.

In just a few days, April 6-8, CNMJ S students will go on an academic trip to Northern Morocco, where they will be hosted by the families of Moroccan students in the beautiful town of Chefchaouen, in the heart of the Rif Mountains. Immediately after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, they will visit Tangier, a most fascinating city that represents the current economic growth of Morocco and that enjoyed an international status from 1923 until 1956 (the year of Morocco’s independence). And before heading to t Chefchaouen, where they will spend two full days, they will also visit the historic medina of the city of Tetouan, the forme capital of the Spanish Protectorate.

Last but not least, I'd like to mention that this semester, we’re lucky to have 7 students from the University of Seville participating for-credit the core courses of the CNMJ S program, Digital Video Reporting in Context and Magazine Reporting and Writing, which are as usual hosted at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), one of the most important cultural hubs of the city. Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within will have their final projects exhibited here. 

For more news about CIEE Seville, you can visit our Facebook page. I would also like to remind you that you can read magazine articles, see video reports and photographic projects, and listen to podcast reports created by CNMJ S students in the program’s website of projects masmenos.es.

More news at the conclusion of the semester…

Best regards,

Óscar Ceballos

02/22/2018

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM ENGLISH NEWSLETTER I / SPRING 18

_DSC8557

Dear friends,

We’re two weeks into our Spring 2018 semester and the students participating in the first semester of the Communication, New Media and Journalism English CIEE program in Seville (CNMJ E) are fully involved in their new life in Seville. Our pioneers come from the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Virginia, Belmont University, The University of Texas at Austin, Skidmore College and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Following a rather intense orientation week, all students are now fully immersed in their classes at host institution EUSA School of Communications and at the Center for Cultural Initiatives at the University of Seville (CICUS). I would like to thank our two orientation guides, Salud González (above sporting a Universidad de Sevilla t-shirt) and Laura Campos, local students, for having accompanied CNMJ E students during their most exiting yet perhaps most challenging first few days in Seville. 

During the next three months, CNMJ students will be part of multiple social and cultural events and activities in and out of Seville, including a four-day trip to Morocco. It is our hope that their curiosity, fueled by the academic work and projects they will create assisted by their professors, will help them be all the more alert and active about their new surroundings, their host community and culture. Their respective host families will indeed play a crucial part on this.

Please, take the opportunity to visit our website of students' projects, where those participating in the course Digital Video Reporting in Context will publish their projects, másmenos.es, as well as our Facebook page, where you can see the entire album of photos of which the one at the top of this newsletter is an example.

Helena Andrés, Program Manager and Óscar Ceballos, Academic Director - Institutional Relations & Quality

02/20/2018

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / SPRING 18 / ISSUE I

NewsletterBannerSeville686x101 Advisors 1_CNMJGREETINGS FROM SEVILLA

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Sevilla.

We are four weeks into our Spring 2018 semester. After experiencing the arrival emotions of the arrival, orientation and the two-week intensive session, Communication, New Media and Journalism in Spanish (CNMJ-S) students are fully involved in their life in Sevilla. With their schedules finalized, CNMJ-S students are ready to engage in the community through their classes, extracurricular activities and all that Sevilla has to offer.

CNMJ VIDEO

We are pleased to present this informative video about the CNMJ-S program. We hope you enjoy it.

We will give you more news about the spring semester very soon.

All the best from Sevilla!

Óscar, Sergio and Olga 

12/29/2017

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / FALL 17 / END OF SEMESTER

_DSC5590

Gili Remen (Lehigh University) participates in the Urban Photography Workshop.

Dear friends,

Greetings from Seville.                                       

Our Fall 2017 semester ended a couple of weeks ago after 15 weeks of shared experiences and intense academic work. The majority of our students have shown a keen interest in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors, have experienced life in Seville at many different levels, and have shown great commitment in the production of meaningful media projects with a focus on their host community.

In a skillfully narrated video titled “Carina La Debla”, Marie Van Rysselberghe and Luis Sevilla (University of Oregon) give voice to a German-born flamenco dancer who has turned her passion into her professional endeavor. This video is their final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Context, taught by professor Carlos Pineda. Luis and Marie, together with the rest of the students participating in the program, have expanded a very large portrait gallery of local individuals that includes not only videos, but also magazine articles, photo projects and podcasts.

The 29th edition of the bilingual magazine más+menos, titled “Time to Work / La hora del trabajo”, was printed in time for the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing to see the result of their several weeks of hard work. The nine stories contained this time in the publication are, for the most part, reflections about vocationally chosen professional paths. Though what transpires in all of them is the passion and commitment to life of their protagonists. While you receive printed copies at your door, you can read the stories online at masmenos.es. The cover article by Sarah Klearman (Santa Clara University) “Flour, Oil, Water and Time”, tells the story of Manuel Ruíz and Sergi Arrán, who found a new life together as bakers after they lost their jobs during the economic crisis of the past few years.

How can a couple of dancers get their feet off the ground and then perform on the walls of buildings or suspended in mid-air? Read the story “Keeping his Feet On the Ground” by Calvin Badger (Indiana University-Bloomington) to know how and read more stories at masmenos.es or download the pdf version of our last magazine.

Mas_menos_29_cover

Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: The City from Within, with professor Antonio Pérez, have probably had the most fun and been VERY creative. See their latest photo album to get an idea.

Students of the course Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter –with professor Marina Blesa– have explored ways in which media professionals can actively work to bring social change. They have created communication campaigns for different NGOs and have visited several organizations including radio stations, fair trade companies and citizens coops. Some students have even volunteered at the local NGO ‘Historias de Luz’, that works to bring to light stories from those whose voice is not usually heard.

You can find much more information about the Fall 2017 semester in the Facebook page of CIEE Seville.

_DSC7771

Rebecca Foley (Elon University) has taken her exploration of Seville quite seriously.

We’ll be back with in January, for the start of the Spring 2018 semester. In the meantime, I'd like to wish you a very Happy New Year.

Óscar Ceballos

Academic Director, Institutional Relations & Quality.      

11/06/2017

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / FALL 17 / MIDSEMESTER

37369636501_4c342c9618_h

Brittany Boudreau (University of Iowa), Daja Henry (Howard University), Rita Marino (Villanova University), Calvin Badger (Indiana University-Bloomington) and Maddie Coy-Bjork (Macalester College) enjoy a hike organised by the Student Life team at Santa Ana la Real in the Sierra of Aracena. Photo by professor Antonio Pérez

Dear friends,

As our Fall 2017 semester advances, all students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program are fully involved in their academic projects and their social life in Seville. A visit to our Facebook page or to our Flickr page will offer you a glimpse into our activities in and out of town. The busiest part of the semester is around the corner, which means that students will start working very shortly in their final media projects ­–photo, video and magazine–, reaching into our community for stories, images and sounds.

This semester, we have an enrolment of 9 students in our core course Magazine Reporting and Writing and 16 in Digital Video Reporting in Context, which have been divided into two groups. It is important that work in these courses is done in close proximity to the students, guiding their different independent projects in and out of class. As usual, these courses meet at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), one of the most important cultural hubs of the city. Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within will have their final projects exhibited here.

37190258840_4ff56a427f_k

Ivanna Quiceno (Santa Clara University) participates in a grafitti outing near the Gualquivir river with other program participants and professor Alejandro Varela. Photo by professor Antonio Pérez

Some of our students are making the most out of their semester abroad by either volunteering, teaching English or participating in activities that allow them to connect with their host community at different levels. Thus, Selina Guevara (Elon University) and Christa Huddleston (University of Oregon) are working at the media organization and NGO Historias de Luz, giving voice to those who are not usually heard. Megan Anderson (Santa Clara University) is volunteering at a secondhand store that sells baby equipment, toys and books.

Many of the program’s students have participated in organized hikes, graffiti tours, daytrips and excursions to nearby towns, cultural outings, sports or just enjoying themselves and immersing culturally and socially.

On the academic front, our students are participating in multiple activities, both in and out of class:

  • Accompanied by professor Rubén Díaz, students of the course Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain visited the exhibition of prominent Spanish media artist Antoni Muntadas titled About Academia, on view at the Center for Cultural Initiatives of the University of Seville, CICUS. The exhibition debates the complex relationship between the university as a center of knowledge production and the economic power that underlies its operations. 
  • Students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing hosted and interviewed Sahrawi students from the University of Seville, Allach Salami, Hafed Brahim and Minettu Mohamed. The students completed their midterm assignment based on these interviews with a focus on the struggle of the Sahrawi people to gain their independence and to leave their exile in the refugee camps of Tindouf, Algeria.
  • Accompanied by professor Carlos Pineda, students of the course Digital Video Reporting in Context went to a movie theatre for a screening of the documentary “¡Lumiere! Comienza la Aventura”, which includes restored and commented versions of all existing movies of the brothers with which the history of cinema begins.

38051169002_6802478dcf_o

Elizabeth Stopplemann is photograph by Luis Sevilla, both from the University of Oregon, during a visit to the exhibition Ciudad Sur by photographer Sergio Castiñeira. Photo by professor Antonio Pérez

In addition to these academic activities, the weekend of November 3-5 CNMJ students went on an academic trip to Morocco being wonderfully hosted by the families of Moroccan students in the beautiful town of Chefchaouen, in the heart of the Rif Mountains. On Friday morning, with wonderful weather, we embarked on a beautiful ferry crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar that took us to Tangier, a most fascinating city that is constantly growing and that enjoyed an international status from 1923 until 1956 (the year of Morocco’s independence). We then spent two days in the town of Chefchaouen, in the Riff mountains, where CNMJ students were hosted by the families of local students. Finally, during our last day in Morocco, we visited the historic medina of Tetouan before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar again.

_DSC1400

Jack (John) Hamilton (Elon University) in the Mohamed V square in Tetouan. Photo by professor

More news soon…

Best reards,

Óscar Ceballos

05/26/2017

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / SPRING 17 / ISSUE III

Dear friends,

Greetings from an already rather warm Seville.    

Our Spring 2017 semester came to an end last Thursday, May 11th, after 17 weeks of intense work and shared adventures. Our students have shown great commitment in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors They have experienced life in Seville at many different levels. The meaningful media projects they've created during their semester abroad are the prove of their respect and interest for their host community. As always, I would like to share with you a few of these projects:

In a video titled “En Movimiento”, Sarah Davis (Villanova University) tell us the story of Argentinian flamenco dancer Federico Núñez, who struggles to make a name for himself in Seville’s dance scene. This is Sarah’s final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Context –with professor Carlos Pineda–. As the rest of the students participating in this course, she has contributed to the expanding video portrait gallery of characters who live in the neighborhood of San Julian, which is the same where the students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program live.

Mas_menos_28_cover

The 28th edition of the bilingual magazine más+menos is titled “The Inhabited City / La Ciudad Habitada” and has been created by the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing –with professor Óscar Ceballos– in collaboration this semester with students from the University of Seville, the Pontific Bolivarian University of Medellin, Colombia, and the University La Salle Bajío, Mexico. The twelve stories contained in this magazine are explorations into the “real” Seville, beyond stereotypes and touristified representations of the city. Take as an example the article “Muslims of Seville: A Community in Search of Its Place”, by Sophia Carson (St. Thomas University, MN), which reveals the endeavours of local Muslims to educate their children in their faith while fostering a positive image of Islam. The challenges they have met while trying to build a new mosque in Seville are the central point of the story.

Is it possible to find Bob Dylan in Seville? That was the task that Alberto Revidiego (University of Seville) set for himself in the year that the bard from Duluth won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Read the story “Seeking Dylan in Seville” to know if he succeeded, and read many more stories at masmenos.es or download its pdf version.

DanielaCeron_Dia_de_la_madre_tierra

Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: The City from Within –with professor Antonio Pérez– have been, as usual, very creative. Check the elaborate and very collaborative process of the project they created for “International Earth Day” and enjoy the brilliant result here. In their last day of class, they visited the World Press Photo exhibition.

Students of the course Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter –with professor Marina Blesa– have explored ways in which media professionals can actively work to bring social change. They have created communication campaigns for different local NGOs and have visited several organizations including the independent radio station Radiopolis. They also visited the High School Ramón Carande for a morning of intense discussion with some of the school’s students and professors about the representation of underprivileged communities in mainstream media and the internet.

Accompanied by professor Rubén Díaz, students of the course Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain visited the outstanding exhibition “Coleccionar-Clasificar”, including works of many national and international artists at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo.

One of the most memorable experiences of the semester was our three-day trip in March to the beautiful town of Chefchaouen, in the Rif mountains of northern Morocco, where we were hosted by the families of local students. Thanks to them, we learnt so much about Moroccan society and daily life, as well as about the great appreciation that Moroccan youth has of all things American. We have also had some outstanding guest lecturers this semester, including the international reporter Eduardo del Campo, who visited the course Magazine Reporting and Writing and shared with its students some of his most significant personal and professional experiences of the past twenty years.

You can find much more information about our semester –including many images of it– at our Facebook page CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE.

We’ll be back with more news in September, at the start of the Fall 2017 semester. In the meantime, have a great summer.

Óscar Ceballos

RD Communication, New Media and Journalism program               

03/22/2017

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / SPRING 17 / ISSUE II

Dear friends,

As our Spring 2017 semester advances, all students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program are fully involved in their academic projects and their social life in Seville. A visit to our Facebook page will give you an interesting glimpse into our dealings in and out of town. The busiest part of the semester is around the corner, which means students will start working very shortly in their final media projects ­–photo, video and magazine–, reaching into our community for stories, images and sounds.

This semester, we’re lucky to have 9 students from the University of Seville and different nationalities (Colombian, Mexican and Spanish) participating for-credit in our core courses Digital Video Reporting in Context and Magazine Reporting and Writing, which are as usual hosted at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), one of the most important cultural hubs of the city. Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within will have their final projects exhibited here.

Many of our students are making the most out of their experience abroad by either volunteering, teaching English or participating in activities that allow them to connect with their host community at different levels. Thus, Eliza Radeka (University of Colorado at Boulder), Vanessa Rodríguez (Mount Holyoke College) and Leah Proctor-Ford (Spelman College) are working at the media organization and NGO Historias de Luz, which fosters more positive views of the South, giving voice to those who are not usually heard. William Hibbard (Denison University) is volunteering as an English Language Assistant at the Divina Pastora school with groups of 2nd and 5th graders. Vanessa Rodríguez (Mount Holyoke College) and Evann Orleck-Jetter (University of Vermont) are working as at-home teachers, twice a week, with kids ages 4 to 7. Rachel Goodman (Indiana University-Bloomington) is singing at the Choir of the University of Seville, performing in different cities and attending rehearsals regularly.

At the academic front, our students are participating in multiple activities, both in and out of class:

Don’t miss the observational documentary shown above project by Sarah Davis (Villanova University) and Leah Proctor-Ford (Spelman College) about the Demonstration that took place in Seville on March 8th to commemorate International Women's Day. They were asked to be like flies on the wall, silent witnesses who capture with their cameras everything that happens around them: the big and the small, the significant and the irrelevant, the deep and the superficial. The result is wonderful. Enjoy it!

Once again, the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing welcomed Sahrawi students from the University of Seville to keep learning and talking about the struggle of the Sahrawi people to gain their freedom and to leave an exile into the dessert of more than 42 years.

Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: The City from Within are experimenting as usual, creating cameras obscuras when guest photographer Miguel Romero came to talk to them or visiting the meaningful project created by the professor of the course, Antonio Pérez, depicting the daily lives of migrants whom live in Seville, “24 hours in the the life of…”

_DSC5721
One of our Moroccan hosts, Said El Bradi, takes a picture of the CNMj group

In addition to these academic activities, the weekend of March 17-19 all CNMJ students went on an academic trip to Morocco accompanied by the program’s RD and being wonderfully hosted by the families of Moroccan students in the beautiful town of Chefchaouen, in the heart of the Rif Mountains. On Friday morning, with wonderful weather, we embarked on a beautiful ferry crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar that took us to Tangier, a most fascinating city that is constantly growing and that enjoyed an international status from 1923 until 1956 (the year of Morocco’s independence). We then spent two days in the town of Chefchaouen, in the Riff mountains, where CNMJ students were hosted by the families of local students. Finally, during our last day in Morocco, we visited the historic medina of Tetouan before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar again.

In order to learn in more detail about these activities, to see photographs and videos, visit our Facebook page at CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE.

More news soon…

Best reards,

Óscar Ceballos