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Students to Learn International Reporting in Israel This Summer at Hebrew University

Veteran Middle East Correspondents to Train Students

Rachele Kanigel IMEDIA, October 30, 2012


It's hard to imagine a more exciting place to get a taste of the foreign correspondent's life than Jerusalem, one of the few cities in the world that still has a vibrant corps of international journalists. The Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) will launch a new international reporting program for college students in this dynamic Israeli city in Summer 2013.

The program, which runs June 25-July 25, 2013, is co-sponsored by the Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the most prestigious universities in Israel. Students will live in secure dorms on the university's Mt. Scopus campus and earn 6 units of transferable academic credit from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Students will study with senior Middle East correspondents and then go into the community to report their own stories and publish their work on a multimedia website.

"This is far more than a typical study-abroad experience where students trot around the country, visiting tourist sites," said ieiMedia Executive Director Rachele Kanigel, who teaches journalism at San Francisco State University. "Students will get the chance to interview local officials, community leaders and residents and really get a sense of what life in Israel is like. And they'll go home with published clips they can show to potential employers."

The program is open to English-speaking students and recent graduates from all countries and schools. 

About ieiMedia

ieiMedia is a leading provider of journalism study-abroad and media internship programs that help prepare students for the complex demands of 21st century global journalism. ieiMedia programs combine training in a range of media skills - photography, videojournalism, international reporting and writing for digital media - with hands-on practice reporting on a foreign culture.

Nearly 450 students from more than 80 public and private universities in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Turkey and Singapore have participated in ieiMedia programs since 2002.

The program

The Jerusalem program is particularly suited to journalism, mass communication, Jewish/Middle East Studies and international relations students, but others are welcome to apply. Journalism coursework and/or experience on a college or professional publication is desirable but not required.
Students will take two three-credit courses -- Modern Israel and International Reporting. For the Modern Israel course Eran Kaplan, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Israel Studies at San Francisco State University, will lead students on a journey through the history, culture and politics of the country. Students will visit relevant sites and meet with Israeli politicians, policy makers and community leaders who can offer a variety of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A pair of veteran correspondents -- Linda Gradstein, who covered Israel and the Middle East for NPR for 20 years and now serves as Middle East bureau chief for The Media Line, and former Christian Science Monitor Jerusalem bureau chief Ilene Prusher, who now covers Israeli Arabs and Palestinians for The Jerusalem Post -- will teach the International Reporting course. Students will learn how to find stories, conduct interviews, shoot photographs and work with an interpreter. They'll then report on the city around them, learning to produce balanced and nuanced stories, and will publish their work on a website.
Kanigel will direct the program and co-teach the International Reporting course. A former newspaper reporter who has freelanced for TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest and other publications, Kanigel has directed past ieiMedia programs in Perpignan, France and Urbino, Italy.

The details

The cost of the program is $4,995 plus airfare and includes:
Tuition for 6 credits of academic credit from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Housing in a secure dorm with kitchen facilities at The Hebrew University's Mt. Scopus campus
Cultural events, including tours and trips
Welcome and farewell dinners
Health insurance
Partial scholarships are available. For details see the ieiMedia financial aid page.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through Feb. 15, 2013 (or later if space is available). Applicants who apply by Jan. 1, 2013 will receive a $200 discount off the regular program fee.
For more information go to

Rachele Kanigel
Executive Director, IeiMedia
[email protected]
415 338-3134

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"The lessons I've learned, in terms of media and journalism, as well as living in a foreign country, are priceless and will never be forgotten."

- Grant Bell, James Madison University, Urbino Project 2011

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