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International Opportunities Abound for Students, Faculty

Students have the chance to combine journalism and international academic experiences through the travel writing and fashion journalism courses offered by Columbia, as well as through college partnerships.

The Journalism Department is a key player in the partnership with the Dublin Institute of Technology, exchanging faculty and students. The college also has a partnership with Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, Italy. 

During the summers of 2009 and 2010, Travel Writing: Italy was offered. In 2011, the course based in Florence is Introduction to Fashion Journalism, taught by Assistant Professor Teresa Puente. It includes a reporting visit to Milan, home of haute couture and the European fashion magazine capital, as well as optional weekend trips to Rome and Venice. Read about her students' inspiring experiences here. The department intends to offer this course again in Summer 2012, taught by Associate Professor Yolanda Joe.

The Journalism Departments’ popular travel writing course has also taken students to Peru, Honduras and Mexico. You can see examples of students’ international work in the publications Wanderer: Peru and Wanderer: Italy magazines, supervised by faculty member Elio Leturia: 

Read more student work, from the 2010 Travel Writing; Italy course taught by Department Chair Nancy Day, here: http://ottimotuscany.blogspot.com/

Further, department advisers work closely with students to ensure academic credits for international programs offered by other colleges and universities.

International exposure, whether reporting on foreign nationals, issues and immigrants in Chicago or traveling abroad, is a priority of the Journalism Department faculty. Our faculty members are engaged in a wide range of international work, bringing new insight and perspective to the classroom. For example, Associate Professor Suzanne McBride, left, is in Dublin as a Fulbright Scholar, doing research, teaching and investigating new phases of student exchanges.

Dr. Norma Green, Director of the Graduate Program in Journalism, was in Tunisia and Morocco this summer on an intensive Fulbrght program studying the world’s three dominant monotheistic religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Previously, Dr. Green was a Fulbright Lecturer in Denmark. Day was a Fulbright lecturer in the Russian Federation and presented at the international conference on Arts and Social Justice: The Media Connection in Cyprus in late 2011, and is on the planning board for the next conference in Barcelona, Spain. Leturia had a Fulbright graduate fellowship to study at the University of Illinois, and during spring break 2012 lectured in Cairo. Leturia is the president of the Fulbright Association Chicago Chapter. Assistant Professor Jackie Spinner, a noted international and war correspondent, also was a Fulbright Scholar in Muscat, Oman.

Journalism professors Elio Leturia (top left) and Teresa Puente (fourth from right, bottom) led
students on a trip to Peru, where students visited and wrote about such wonders as Machu Picchu.

Journalism professor Rose Economou (second from right, top) has shared her international reporting
expertise with many students through Covering Europe courses.
This year, students enrolled in the
class had the chance to visit a war-crimes trial at The Hague.