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01/29/2017

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

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A day in the life: Vanessa Rodriguez (Mount Holyoke College, Eliza Radeka (University of Colorado Boulder, William Hibbard (Denison University) and LIz Stoppelmann (University of Oregon) hard at work choosing courses during their onsite registration session.


Dear friends,

We’re two weeks into our Spring 2017 semester and all students participating in the Communication, New Media and Journalism CIEE program (CNMJ) are fully involved in their new life in Seville. We're very pleased to welcome students from Elon University, the University of Tulsa, the University of Oregon, University of St. Thomas (MN), Elon University, Villanova University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Denison University, Mount Holyoke College, University of Vermont, Spelman College and University of Colorado Boulder.

Following a rather intense week of onsite orientation, all students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar or Cultural History of Spain, which will help them tune into their Spanish language and intercultural skills to start their semester abroad with greater confidence. I want to thank our two orientation guides, Salud González and Allach Mohammed, students from the University of Seville, for having accompanied our students during their most exiting yet perhaps most challenging days in Seville. Salud and Allach have helped them acquire the necessary confidence to navigate the city as locals.

During the next few months, CNMJ students will be part of multiple social and cultural events and activities in and out of Seville. It is our hope that their curiosity, fueled by the academic work and projects they will develop, assisted by their professors, will help them be all the more alert and active about the world around and their responsible place in it.

As part of our onsite orientation, students met the highly motivated professors of the CNMJ program, who discussed with them the program's academic components, experiential learning opportunities, and strategies to create links of reciprocity with their host community.

The onsite orientation ended with an inspiring visit to the Royal Palace and gardens of the Alcazar, one of Seville’s UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, for a tour guided by one of our favorite historians and professors, Carlos Sánchez.

 

This Spring 2017 semester, we will continue hosting our courses at 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 Digital Video Reporting in Context and the Magazine Reporting and Writing courses, taught respectively by professors Carlos Pineda and Óscar Ceballos, will again be part of CICUS’ formative offer, which will bring several students from the University of Seville into our academic activities, as peers of CNMJ students.

Amongst many other activities, our students and professors will be visiting the town of Cádiz this coming Saturday and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen at the end of March, where they’ll be hosted by the families of local students.

Our website of student projects, masmenos.es, is undergoing a total renovation with full versions in English and Spanish (the update will conclude within the next couple of weeks). However, it is operational and you can access it to read, watch and listen to all our students’ final projects from the Fall 2016 semester. Their videos, written articles and photos tell stories about individuals from their host community and are their gift to them, their “thank-you” note to a city which has been their home. I have two projects to illustrate this newsletter: “Voces del Huerto” by Grace Hashiguchi (University of Oregon) and “Plaza del Pelícano” by Molly Flerlage (Macalester College). Their contrasting views about the life and the faces of their neighborhood will give you a wonderful idea about their most immediate social environment, in all of its diversity and familiarity. I hope you enjoy them.

Don't miss the opportunity to "like" and start following our Facebook page for regular updates on the program's activities and students’ projects.

At the end of this newsletter, I've also embedded a video we've recently recorded, counting with the collaboration of some of our Fall 2016 students, where we talk about the structure of program, the challenges and opportunities that our students enjoy while creating media projects within the community, living and learning in Seville. I hope you find it comprehensive of our program.

Let's wish our students, professors and staff in Seville good luck at the beginning of this new semester, which I’m sure will be filled with memorable experiences.

Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD


 

12/22/2016

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / FALL 16 / ISSUE III

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Students of the Liberal Arts program greet students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program through the window of the bookstore-café Un Gato en Bicicleta, while CNMJ students celebrated the program's end-of-semester party

Dear friends,

Greetings from a very Christmassy Seville.               

Our Fall 2016 semester come to an end last Thursday, December 15th. The professors and Resident Director of the CIEE Communication, New Media and Journalism program in Seville are happy to say that the past four months have been a truly productive period for all of us. Our students have shown great commitment in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors, have experienced at many different levels and have shown great respect and interest for their host community. The meaningful media projects they've created during their semester abroad is a testimony to that.

As always at the end of our semester, I’d like to share with you a few of our students’ final projects, hoping that you will enjoy them and appreciate all of the hard work that our students have put into them. Please keep in mind that we are currently redesigning our web of students’ projects, masmenos.es, which is the reason why I need to direct you to our Vimeo page, so that you can see our students’ videos, and share with you a link to the PDF of the printed version of our student magazine.

I’s suggest that you start with the beautiful portrait of the very varied and very conscientious community that gathers around the urban orchard Huerto del Rey Moro, “Voces del Huerto”, a  video report created by Grace Hashiguchi (University of Oregon) as her final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Context. Grace, as the rest of the students enrolled in the course, accepted the proposal of their professor Carlos Pineda to create a series of collective portraits of the micro-communities who live and work in the neighborhood of San Julian, which is the same neighborhood where the students of the Communication, New Media and Journalism program live. Two other beautiful and fully accomplished choral portraits of San Julian are the projects created by Kyle Crutchfield (University of Tulsa) and Molly Flerlage (Macalester College). Kyle’s project, “El Pumarejo: una casa para la gente”, tells us the story of one of Seville’s most singular and strategic residential buildings. Molly’s video, “Plaza del Pelícano”, introduces us to the artists who work in the Corral of the Plaza del Pelícano, whose studios we visit as they explain their work and their communal and “analogical” philosophy. Likewise, Ellie Anderson (Elon University) helps us navigate the twisted and beautiful allies of San Julian in her video “Pasajes”, while tracing along the way a history of the industrial heritage of the neighbourhood.

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Cover of the magazine más+menos #27, "Always on the Road / Siempre de Camino"

I feel particularly proud of the articles created for the 27th edition of the bilingual magazine más+menos by the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing, titled “Always on the road / Siempre de camino”. Click here to download a pdf of the printed version –until you can access al articles in their English and Spanish versions online. Don’t miss, amongst several others, the piece by Deanna Starr (Villanova University) “A Vacacion for Opportunity / La oportunidad de unas vacaciones”, that tells the story of Sabah, who grew up in a refugee camp in the desert, and of her adoptive family in Seville.

Amongst the many projects created this semester by the students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within, you may enjoy seeing them in action building their own cameras obscuras out of shoe boxes, with professor Antonio Pérez and guest photographer Miguel Romero, or working with mirrors in one of Seville’s most beautiful squares, next to the church of San Salvador.

Students enrolled in the course Social Justice, Action and Media: the Stories that Matter, with professor Marina Blesa, have been busy visiting NGOs and media organizations, including the beautiful studio of the communal radio station Radiopolis.

One of the highlights of the semester was the visit of the class Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain, accompanied by professor Rubén Díaz, to the exhibition “Googlegramas” by the outstanding and often controversial Spanish photographer Joan Fontcuberta, or the visit of equally controversial yet always surprising video artists María Cañas to the same course.

We’ve done so much this past semester, including a three-day trip in October to the town of Chefchaouen, in the Rif mountains of northern Morocco, where we were hosted by the families of local students, we watched unique movies at Seville’s European Film Festival in November, and, last Thursday, December 15th, we partied at the book store-café Un Gato en Bicicleta to celebrate the conclusion of the semester and to share our projects.

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Charity Barton (University of Tulsa) during the first class of the course Urban Photography Workshop

You can learn much more about our semester through our Facebook page CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE and (sooner rather than late), at our website of student projects, masmenos.es.

We must now get ready for the Spring 2017 semester.

We want to wish all our friends a Merry Christmas and a wonderful start of 2017,

Óscar Ceballos

RD Communication, New Media and Journalism program

12/15/2016

A Page Out of a Fairy Tale 

Once upon a time, amidst the rolling hills and vast valleys of the countryside, stood a castle perched on the highest point that the eye could see. Surrounding the castle stretched endless acres of pasture dotted with a mix of white little houses and white not-so-little sheep, filling the atmosphere with a chorus of jingling bells & “baas” as they waited to be shaved.

This fairy tale is being lived out today, in real life: in Aracena, Andalucía.

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Weeks ago, I had blindly signed up for a day trip to Aracena, not knowing exactly what I was in for. I wanted to take advantage of all the excursions offered by my study abroad program -- despite the early 9AM Saturday morning rendezvous. With the combination of clear skies and warm weather complementing the city’s natural and architectural beauty, Aracena truly blew us away.

What’s special about Aracena is its beauty both above ground and below. Upon arriving, we began our climb of one hundred meters to reach the highest point of the city where the centuries old castle stood. The hilly terrain was prime natural protection against invaders, therefore the castle was more symbolic versus active during its time. From such a high point, the eye was treated to a breathtaking vista of greenery dotted with picturesque clusters of white pueblos.  

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Once arriving back to city center, we began our descent down one hundred meters underneath the streets of Aracena. The rocky limestone terrain is highly susceptible to the forces of erosion, leaving a labyrinth of underground caves covering 1200 square kilometers. Our jaws remain dropped as we continued through each section of the caves, in awe of the complicated structures produced by simple a combination of water and sediment. The prohibition of photography enhanced our senses of observation, shifting our focus on taking in the artwork of stalagmites and stalactites through our natural lenses.

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Taking a trip to Aracena was like walking into the pages of a fairy tale. It was a journey that left my quads and glutes whining, but more importantly left my mind and heart overwhelmed with contentment from such a magical experience.  

11/07/2016

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / FALL 16 / ISSUE II

IMG_1892Deanna Starr (Villanova University), Kyle Crutchfield (University of Tulsa), Mohammed Jadidi (Curator at the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies), Neil Holbrook (Washington State University) and Chateleine Dunor (University of Illinois at Chicago) chilling out right after our arrival in Morocco, at the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM).

Dear friends,

As our Fall 2016 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. Motivation seems high now that (finally!) the closest thing that we have to cold weather has arrived.

A visit to our Facebook page will give you a very good glimpse into our work and activities in and out of town. Little by little, we're reaching the busiest part of the semester. Students are getting increasingly accustomed to working out of class, reaching into our community for stories, images and sounds. This is the time when all of the hard work done so far will start materializing into projects that will not only become an important part of our students’ personal portfolios, but that will also expand their and our knowledge of our community.

This semester, we’re lucky to have 6 students from the University of Seville 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. CICUS has hosted this fall a most engaging exhibition by Antonio Pérez, professor of the Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within, Recyclants, Agbogbloshie, Accra (Ghana) 2014-2015, which  describes the living conditions of the inhabitants of this electronic wast dumpsite, one of the most populated places in the planet.

IMG_1896Neil Holbrook (Washington State University), Hannah Cho (Vassar College), Molly Flerlage (Macalister College) and Madison Cameron (University of Oregon) exploring Tangier.

Some of our usual collaborators and some new ones have already participated in the different courses of the CNMJ program:

+ The visual artist María Cañas, one of Spain’s most imaginative and controversial figures, digital archivist, visited the course Digital and Visual Culture in contemporary Spain to discuss with students her perspective on Art, Culture, Communication, Social Media and the Internet.

+ 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 41 years.

+ Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within are doing the usual: playing, experimenting and, if requested, bursting balloons, yet also roaming the streets of the city with their cameras and making people interested in their often unusual points of view. See them here taking passers by at Plaza del Salvador by surprise.

+ Don’t miss either the brief summaries of students’ audiovisual projects posted by professor Carlos Pineda, Digital Video Reporting in Context course, on our program’s Facebook page.

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The inefable artist María Cañas, guest of the course Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain this semester

In addition to these academic activities, the weekend of November 4-6 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 visited its old medina, including the oldest diplomatic site of the U.S. Government and only National Historic Landmark outside of U.S. soil, the Tangier American Legation. 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.

Early in the semester, we also visited the historic town of Cádiz, in which is only the “tip of the iceberg” on the countless activities, daytrips and excursions that our study center offers students through the Department of Student Services.

Finally, in case you must know, the crew of HBO’s TV series “Game of Thrones” is in Seville, shooting some new chapters of their next season.  

More news soon…

Best,

Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD

Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD

09/13/2016

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / FALL 16 / ISSUE I

 

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Maddie Cameron (University of Oregon), Grace Hashiguchi (University of Oregon), Molly Flerlage (Macalester College) and Ellie Anderson (Elon University) look at the camera during the letter press workshop conducted at the studio of Les Chevalets the last day of their onsite orientation.

Greetings from Seville,

All students participating this Fall 2016 semester in the Communication, New Media and Journalism CIEE program in Seville (CNMJ) arrived as scheduled, sound, safe and eager to start their semester abroad. We're very pleased to welcome students from Elon University, the University of Tulsa, the University of Oregon, Vassar College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Macalester College, Washington State University and Villanova University.

Following a rather intense week of onsite orientation, all students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar or Cultural History of Spain, which will help them tune into their Spanish language and intercultural skills in order to start their semester abroad with greater sense of purpose.

During the next few months, students will be exposed to social, cultural and also political events and activities taking place in their adoptive community, Seville, as well as in Spain. It is our hope that their curiosity, fueled by the academic work and projects they will develop assisted by their professors of the CNMJ program, will help them be all the more alert and active.

As part of our onsite orientation, students met the strong and motivated academic team of the CNMJ program, who discussed with them the program's academic components, experiential learning opportunities, and strategies to create links of reciprocity between host community, students and professors.

In order to chill out after a busy onsite orientation, all students participated last Friday in a letter press workshop at the studio of Les Chevalets, House of Letter Press, where they created a poster with an inspirational quote to guide through their semester abroad. As with the rest of our activities, you can see photos at our Facebook page.

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Marina Blesa, professor of the course Social Justice, Action and Media: Stories that Matter, conducts an exercise during the workshop on culture and community held during the onsite orientation at CICUS.

This Fall 16 semester, we will continue hosting our courses at 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 Digital Video Reporting in Context and the Magazine Reporting and Writing courses, taught respectively by professors Carlos Pineda and Óscar Ceballos, will again be part of CICUS’ formative offer, which will bring a number of students from the University of Seville into our academic activities, as peers of CNMJ students.

Amongst many other activities, our students and professors will be visiting the town of Cádiz this coming Saturday and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen at the beginning of November, where they’ll be hosted by the families of local students.

As I usually do, I invite you to visit our website of student projects, masmenos.es, including all students’ final projects from the past Spring 16 semester. Amongst these, you can read Kasey Lynch (Villanova University) magazine article about the amazing project of artist Federico Guzmán at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, ‘Art Equals Life in a Haima’; Sierra Cymes (Colorado State University) video ‘Johnny Scarlata’, presenting a most fascinating character she met in her neighborhood; or the really engaging self-portrait in video created by Axel Lopez (Bentley University) ‘Miedo’. There will soon be many more projects from our Fall 16 students, whom we trust will go beyond comfort and customized zones as they explore their host community in search of stories.

If you haven't done it yet, don't miss the opportunity to "like" and start following our Facebook page for regular updates on the program's activities and students’ projects.

Let's wish all of them, their professors and all of our staff in Seville good luck at the beginning of this new semester, which I’m sure will be filled with great experiences.

Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD



05/10/2016

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / SPRING 16 / ISSUE III

Dear friends,

Greetings from a very rainy Seville. Our Spring 2016 semester has come to an end. The professors and Resident Director of the CIEE Communication, New Media and Journalism program in Seville are happy to say that the past four months have been a truly productive period for all of us. Our students have shown great commitment in pursuing their personal and academic endeavours, have experienced at many levels and have demonstrated great respect for their host community. The meaningful media projects they've created during their semester abroad is a testimony to that.

Under the title of this Newsletter you have the very original video “Miedo” (Fear), created by Axel Lopez —Bentley University— as his final project for the course Digital Video Reporting in Context. Axel portrays himself fulfilling his main passion in the streets of Seville: dancing. The challenge was to overcome his fear of doing it in public.

More from the Digital Video Reporting in Context course. Sierra Cymes —Colorado State University— has given us this beautiful portrait of Johnny Scarlata, a character like no other on the most bohemian side of Seville.  

Fatima Jimenez —University of La Verne— has created this beautiful remixed video: a deeply felt reflection about autism, superbly edited by Fatima over a poem read by its own author, Benjamin Griroux, “I am Odd, I am New.”

You can see all of our students' video projects from this semester at the TV section of our website of students' projects.

Amongst the many projects created this semester by the students of the Urban Photography Workshop course, I think you will like this group exercise to commemorate the “International Day of Mother Earth”. Plastic bags have a second life in the most creative way. You can see the whole collection of images here. Halley Rogers –George Washington University– is portrait here by Brian Wasik —George Washington University—.

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The students of the Magazine Reporting and Writing course have once again accomplished the task of sending in time a very engaging publication to the printer. Issue 26 of the bilingual magazine más+menos comes with the title “Playing our Part / Jugando Nuestro Papel”. Our front page article (below), by Isabel Verhille —Scripps College— is titled "The Perfect Solution / La Solución Perfecta". You can click on this link to check all of the articles.  

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This semester our students have also enjoyed many out-of-class activities connected with their different courses. Students of the Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting course visited the broadcasting center of Canal Sur Radio (below).

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As always, you can see more, read more and learn more about the work that our students do at our Facebook page CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE and at our website of student projects, masmenos.es.

There will be much more in the Fall 2016 semester.

Thank you very much for collaborating with us this past semester.

Best regards from Seville,

Óscar Ceballos   

03/14/2016

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / SPRING 16 / ISSUE II

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Spring 16 CNMJ Students with their Moroccan friends in Chefchaouen

Dear friends,

As our Spring 2016 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. Little by little, we're reaching the busiest part of the semester, which means that there will be plenty to see, listen to and read in the coming weeks. Students are getting increasingly accustomed to working out of class, reaching into our community for stories, images and sounds. This is the time when all of the hard work done so far will start materializing into projects that will expand their and our experience of the world around us.

We’ve brought 7 students from the University of Seville to participate for-credit in our new core course Digital Video Reporting in Context, which is once again hosted at and accredited by the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), the contemporary culture hub of the University of Seville. CICUS is not only our host, it is also bringing our students closer to some of Seville’s most important cultural events of the spring season, the exhibition ‘Sevilla a través de la fotografía (1839-1929). Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within are happy to know that their final projects will be exhibited at this same building.

So far, motivation is high on all fronts. The city is anticipating Spring, which in Seville is accompanied by the sudden burst of the orange blossom and the multiple preparations for the Semana Santa or Holly Week. The town’s Casco Antiguo, where all CNMJ students live will turn into an life-size open stage for everyone to perform and watch at the same time, locals and visitors alike. We will try to help out students use the energy that the city exudes these days into their media projects and other academic tasks.

Some of our usual collaborators and some new ones have already participated in the different courses of the CNMJ program:

  • The very young creators of the innovative internet app radio station Stramm Radio, aged 14 to 17, visited the course Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting in order to share multiple anecdotes, explain their unique creative processes, how they were selected by the Think Big program of Fundación Telefónica and how they are fighting the ban imposed on them by the SGAE (the Spanish General Society for copyright holders). A cutting edge initiative at many levels.
  • Students of the the course Social Justice: Action and Media took to the streets in order to ask citizens of Seville to choose the most important objective for sustainable development out of the 17 Objectives for Sustainable Development defined by the United Nations. Students of this same course visited the project Historias de Luz, a media project intended to project positive and stereotype-free notions of the South.
  • 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 40 years.
  • Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within are roaming the streets of the city with their cameras and making people interested in their often unusual points of view to collect images. See them here taking passers by at Plaza del Salvador by surprise.
  • And don’t miss the brief summaries of students’ audiovisual projects posted by professor Carlos Pineda, Digital Video Reporting in Context course, on our program’s Facebook page.

In addition to these academic activities, the weekend of March 10-13 all CNMJ students are enjoying their academic trip to Morocco accompanied by the professor of the Urban Photography Workshop, Antonio Pérez, and by CNMJ's RD. After spending one night in Algeciras at the Hotel Reina Cristina, the historic site in which the dignitaries of the 1906 Algeciras Conference determined the configuration of the Spanish and French Protectorates in Morocco, we embarked on a beautiful ferry crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar to arrive in Tangier. In this city, which enjoyed the status of international zone from 1923 until 1956 (the year of Morocco’s independence), we visited this morning the old medina, which includes the oldest diplomatic site of the U.S. Government and only National Historic Landmark outside of U.S. soil, the Tangier American Legation. CNMJ students have just been greeted by the families of local students who will be their hosts the next two days in the wonderful town of Chefchaouen, in the Riff mountains. We will also visit on Sunday the historic medina of Tetouan before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar again, back home. We hope it will be a memorable experience for all.

If you haven't done it recently, I'd very much recommend you to visit our website of students projects, mas+menos.es, which is updated each semester.

More news soon…

Best,

Óscar Ceballos

01/19/2016

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / SPRING 16 / ISSUE I

Background_combined_newsletter_spring16Spring 2016 CNMJ students handcrafted a diary, while learning the technique of Japanese binding, at a workshop conducted by designer Esperanza Covarsi at the studio of Les Chevalets / House of Press.

Dear friends,

All 22 students enrolled this Spring 2016 semester in the Communication, New Media and Journalism CIEE program in Seville (CNMJ) arrived as scheduled, sound, safe and eager to start their semester abroad. This time, we're very pleased to welcome students from Indiana University-Bloomington, Saint Mary's College of California, Villanova University, Colorado State University, the University of Iowa, the University of La Verne, Bentley University, Fordham University, Scripps College, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Denison University, Birmingham-Southern College, Tulane University of Louisiana and George Washington University.

Following a quite intense first week of onsite orientation, all students are now immersed into their two-week Intensive Session courses in Spanish Grammar, Latin American and Spanish Short Novel or Cultural History of Spain, course which will help them tune into their Spanish language and intercultural skills in order to face their semester abroad with as much confidence as receptivity.

During the next few months, students will be witnesses to many social, cultural and also political events and activities taking place both in our adoptive community and country. It is our hope that their curiosity, fueled by the academic work and projects they will develop with the support of their professors, will help them be all the more alert and active.

In the course of an event held last Wednesday at the culture hub Un Gato en Bicicleta, we introduced our strong and motivated academic team, discussed the program's academic components, its experiential learning opportunities, and our strategies to create links of reciprocity between our host community, our students and their professors.

In order to relax from the intensity of last week’s orientation, students participated last Thursday and Friday in a Japanese binding workshop at the studio of Les Chevalets, House of Letter Press, where they created their own handcrafted diary, which we hope will be filled with their ideas, anecdotes and occurrences by the end of the semester.

During Spring 16, we will continue hosting our courses at 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 Digital Video Reporting in Context course (in previous semesters New Media and Audiovisual Workshop), taught by professor Carlos Pineda, will again be part of CICUS’ formative offer, which will bring a number of students from the University of Seville into our academic activities, as peers of CNMJ students.

Amongst many other activities, our students and professors will be visiting the town of Cádiz at the end of January and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen at the beginning of March, where they’ll be hosted by the families of local students.

As I usually do, I invite you to visit our website of student projects, masmenos.es, including all students’ final projects from the past Fall 15 semester, including Marcela Hawkins’ (Elon University) magazine article about the challenges of women who play soccer in Spain, ‘A Love with no Price’; Bryce Ferendo’s (Indiana University) video ‘Three Glasses of Tea’, explaining the circumstances of the young Sahrawi refugee Sidati; or the exhibition of photographic projects presented by students of the Urban Photography Workshop course in CICUS. There will soon be many more projects from our Spring 16 students, whom we trust will go beyond comfort and customized zones as they explore their host community in search of stories.

If you haven't done it yet, don't miss the opportunity to "like" and start following our Facebook page for regular updates on the program's activities and students’ projects.

Let's wish all of them, their professors and all of our staff in Seville good luck at the beginning of this new semester, which I’m sure will be filled with great experiences.

Warm regards from Seville.

Óscar Ceballos, CNMJ RD

12/27/2015

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / FALL 15 / ISSUE III

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Cover of the 25th issue of the student magazine más+menos

Dear friends,

As we gather our thoughts at the completion of the Fall 2015 semester and get ready for the beginning of the next Spring 2016, the professors and resident director of the CIEE Communication, New Media and Journalism program in Seville are happy to say that the past three and half months have been a truly productive period for all. Our students have shown great commitment in pursuing their personal and academic endeavors, have experienced at many levels and have demonstrated great respect for their host community. The meaningful media projects they've created during their semester abroad prove this.

Check for instance the audiovisual documentary created by Bryce Ferendo from Indiana University, "Tres Tazas de Té / Three Cups of Tea", about a young Sahrawi refugee who studies in Seville and hopes to return to the refugee camps where his family lives in order to help his people gain independence one day; Elon University student Marcela Hawkins feature for the 25th edition of the magazine más+menos, "A Love Without Price / Un Amor Sin Precio", explaining the challenges that female soccer players face in a sport totally oriented towards professional male teams; or the great photographic projects created by all of the students participating in the course Urban Photography Workshop who exhibited their work at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla, CICUS, at the end of the semester.

Soon you should receive copies of the student magazine más+menos, titled this time Two Sides of the Mirror / dos Lados del Espejo, in which the students of the course Magazine Reporting and Writing show us the vast diversity of Seville’s community through a number of compelling stories, from the soccer pitch where a woman fulfills her dreams to the tent of the homeless poet.

Please visit our website of students' projects for more projects created by the students of the courses New Media and Audiovisual Workshop and Urban Photography Workshop, who've likewise featured individuals and atmospheres from our community in their documentaries and photographic projects really worth checking. Through their work and closeness to their environment in Seville, they’ve expanded not only theirs but also our connections (that of their educators) to our human landscape.

The Spring semester of 2015 has been full of academic, cultural and social activities. We visited Europe's oldest city, Cádiz, in February; in early March, we spent three days in the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in order to spend some time in Tangier and Tetouan before reaching the beautiful capital of the Rif mountains, where we were hosted by the very hospitable families of 8 young Moroccan students with whom we shared invaluable time; as part of our agreement with the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla, we've again included students from the University of Seville into our core course New Media and Audiovisual Workshop and will keep on repeating this exchange experience in future semesters, extending it to other CIEE CNMJ courses.

We're please visito announce that next Spring 2016 semester, the CNMJ program will again offer the course Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting, taught by professor Marina Blesa. Thus, we will again include radio production amongst our students’ options for creating original media projects.

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Debbie Estrada Lobo (Indiana University) and Marcela Hawkins (Elon University) in Cádiz, September 29th.

Students of the Fall 2015 semester have visited radio stations and newsrooms of local newspapers; have jumped; have participated in the Conference on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action of United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East, have visited schools, NGOs and community centers. Once again, our courses have hosted artists, like María Cañas, social activists, journalists and relevant members of the community.

At our program's Facebook page, CNMJ CIEE SEVILLE, you can receive updates about our students work and the program's activities on a regular basis.

Thank you very much for collaborating with us this past semester.

Best regards from Seville and a very happy new year,

Óscar Ceballos

10/30/2015

COMMUNICATION, NEW MEDIA + JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER / FALL 15 / ISSUE II

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Bryce Ferendo (Indiana University-Bloomington) leads the way during one of the exercises of the Urban Photography Workshop at CICUS.

Dear friends,

As our Fall 2015 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. Little by little, we're reaching the busiest part of the semester, which means that there will be plenty to see and read in the coming weeks. Students are getting increasingly accustomed to working out of class, reaching into our community for stories, images and sounds. This is the time when all of the hard work done so far will start materializing into projects that will expand their and our experience of the world around us.

We’ve brought more students than ever from the University of Seville to participate for-credit in our core courses; a total of twelve are working with their CNMJ peers either in the New Media and Audiovisual Workshop or in the Magazine Reporting and Writing courses, which are hosted at the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), the contemporary culture hub of the University of Seville. CICUS is cohosting, and bringing closer to our students, two of Seville’s most important cultural events of the fall season, the Mes de Danza and the European Film Festival.

So far, motivation is high on all fronts. Seville is (finally!) starting to feel a little cooler, which can only increase our students' focus on their media projects and other academic tasks.

Some of our usual collaborators and some new ones have already participated in the different courses of the CNMJ program:

+  The video-artist María Cañas acted as guide and explained her own work, accompanied by professor Rubén Díaz, to students of the Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain course who visited the exhibition “Risas en la Oscuridad” at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Monasterio de la Cartuja. In this monographic retrospective, this Seville born exhilaratingly critical artist and activist confronts reality and collective imaginaries in radical and poignant ways.

+  Students of the course Metamorphosis of News and Media: from Gutenberg to Zuckerberg, participated in a discussion via Skype with Juan Luis Sánchez, editing director of one of Spain’s most influential online newspapers: eldiario.es. The conversation included topics such as new digital journalism, new sustainable media formats, publicity, Spanish politics and challenges and opportunities in the horizon of present and future media professionals. The same class visited the newsroom of Diario de Sevilla where they met with their marketing manager, María José Vázquez Vargas.

Four young members of the Sahrawi League of Students at the University of Seville were invited to the course Magazine Reporting and Writing in order to be interviewed about the recent flooding that has badly affected the refugee camps of Tindouf, Argelia, where they grew up and where their families still live, as well as to share their views on the Western Sahara conflict and the role of the International Community, particularly that of Spain, France and the US.

+  Students of the course Urban Photography Workshop: the City from Within visited the photo gallery CoberturaPhoto.  

+  We’ve already published some of our students’ course projects in our Facebook page, including wonderful texts by Karen McConarty (Villanova University) and Laura Romero (University of Seville).

+  And don’t miss the way students of the Urban Photography Workshop course started their work at CICUS.

In addition to these academic activities, the weekend of October 22-25 all CNMJ students, except our two Academic Year Program students, Anna Spack and Skye Bellenis, went on our academic trip to Morocco accompanied by the professor of the Urban Photography Workshop, Antonio Pérez, and by CNMJ's RD. After spending one night in Algeciras at the Hotel Reina Cristina, in which the international dignitaries of the Algeciras Conference of 1906 stayed while deciding on the configuration of the Spanish and French Protectorates in Morocco, we embarked on a windy ferry crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar (see Annie Quigley's picture above) to arrived in Tangier. In this formerly international status city we visited the old medina, which includes the oldest diplomatic site of the U.S. Government and only National Heritage Site outside of US soil, the Tangier American Legation. 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 and... yes... rode on dromedaries (not camels). During our last day in Morocco we visited the historic medina of Tetouan before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar again. It was a memorable experience for all.

If you haven't done it recently, I'd very much recommend you to visit our website of students projects, mas+menos.es, which is updated each semester.

More news soon…

Best,

Óscar Ceballos