Students of the Magazine Reporting and Writing course interview Western Saharan students from the University of Seville at CICUS.
As our Fall 2014 semester advances, all of the 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 allow you to get a glimpse of some of it as well as regular updates if you "like" it. We're approaching the busiest part of the semester and there will be plenty to see and read in the next few weeks. This is the time when all of the hard work done so far will start materializing into projects that will expand our knowledge of and links with our community.
This semester we've for the first time invited six students from the University of Seville to participate for credit into our Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting course. This is part of our new agreement with the Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (CICUS), where some of CNMJ courses are hosted. Exchange between local and CNMJ students at an academic level is one of the goals of our program and study center.
So far, motivation seems to be high on all fronts. Seville, like the rest of Spain, continues to enjoy an unusually prolonged summer, which has contributed to everyone’s good disposition towards working outside of the classroom. We hope that when rain and cold come, coinciding with deadlines, final exams and assignments, everyone will stay just as tuned.
Some of our usual collaborators and some new ones have already visited the different courses of the CNMJ program this semester:
+ The journalist Sandra Camps, director of the Radio Nacional de España program ‘En Primera Persona’, talked to the students of the course Spanish Skills in Context: Podcast Reporting about journalism with a social focus.
+ Students of the Urban Photography Workshop experimented with their guest Miguel Romero on the rudiments of image reproduction by creating a camera obscura out of a show box and magnifying glass. They also learnt about the work of this interesting photographer, professor at the School of Communications at the University of Seville.
+ Video-artist María Cañas, who enjoyed a retrospective cycle at the European Film Festival of Seville last year, visited the Digital and Visual Culture in Contemporary Spain course for a talk titled “Militant cinephagy and less dough means more creativity” and a subsequent discussion with students about digital culture and social activism.
+ Four members of the Western Sahara League of Students at the University of Seville (Mohamed, Dah, Maha and Mohamed) were invited to the course Magazine Reporting and Writing in order to be interviewed about their life growing up in the refugee camps of Tindouf, as students in Seville, as well as to share their views about their views on the Moroccan-Saharawi conflict and the role of the International Community, particularly that of Spain, France and the US.
+ Our regular collaborator Eduardo del Campo, staff reporter from the newspaper El Mundo, novelist and poet, visited the Magazine Reporting and Writing course in order to present his latest book "Maestros del Periodismo" (Masters of Journalism), which is a compilation of some of the best writers in Spanish journalism of the last five decades.
+ Juan Carlos Blanco, former Director of the newspaper El Correo de Andalucía and professor of the course The Metamorphosis of News and Media from Gutenberg to Zuckerberg invited his students to the newsroom of the newspaper for a session with the team that manages their digital version.
Students of the Urban Photography Workshop course experiment with their ready-made "camera obscura" during the visit of photographer Miguel Romero.
In addition to these academic activities, the weekend of October 16-19 all CNMJ students went on an academic trip to Morocco accompanied by the professor of the Urban Photography Workshop, Antonio Pérez, and by CNMJ RD Óscar Ceballos. They had a very busy three-and-half-day trip, spending one night in Algeciras first in order to take the Tarifa-Tangier ferry the following day. In Tangier we visited the old medina, which includes the oldest diplomatic site of the U.S. Government, TALIM. We then spent two days in the town of Chefchaouen, in the Riff mountains, Chefchaouen, in which our students were hosted by the families of local students and worked on a photographic project creating meta-images based on special memories of their hosts. 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. If you click on the TEAM tab you can meet our academic team and some of our usual collaborators.
More news soon.