Media School offers 5 spring travel courses in 8 countries

Austin Faulds • Sept. 15, 2017
Crowd of students
Students attend the information session for the spring 2018 Media School travel courses. There are five spring courses offered this year. (Emma Knutson | The Media School)

For the 2018 IU spring semester, The Media School will offer five travel courses focused on various global locations.

Most of the course will take place at IU, though there is a week-long, required travel component included with each of them, either taking place during spring break or at the beginning of summer break.

These travel components will take the enrolled students across the globe to locations including China, France, South Korea, Chile and the Republic of Ireland. On Wednesday evening, students crammed together in a full house in Franklin Hall 312 to learn more about the courses.

Uncovering the Media City

Taught by Media School associate professor Stephanie De Boer,  Uncovering the Media City: Public Screen Cultures and Urban China will focus on the production, design and artistry surrounding the culture of public screens in urban China. During spring break, the class will visit both Hong Kong and Shanghai, China. There, students will visit locations that display public screens and also talk to urban artists who are involved in this line of work.

In the Footsteps of Ernie Pyle

From London to Paris: In the Footsteps of Ernie Pyle, is a spring course taught by Media School senior lecturer Bonnie Layton about the history and legacy of World War II columnist and IU alumnus Ernie Pyle. Students will learn about Pyle through work written by and about him, as well write a final report on a journalist of their choice to compare to the columnist. The trip, which will take place during spring break, will travel to London, England, and Normandy and Paris, France. There they will visit a multitude of locations associated with Pyle’s history, including museums and the Normandy beaches where the Allies landed on D-Day.

Covering the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland

Katie Beck, associate director of student services, experiential education
Katie Beck, associate director of student services, experiential education, begins the meeting by introducing the courses to a room full of students. (Emma Knutson | The Media School)

Covering Northern Ireland’s religious and political conflicts will be the subject of Covering the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, taught by Media School professor of practice Elaine Monaghan, a former Reuters chief correspondent for Ireland and Northern Ireland. Along with this, students will also analyze journalists’ representation of religion within the area. During spring break, students will travel to Dublin, Ireland, and Belfast and Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The class there will visit sites including EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, as well as political institutions and refugee support organizations.

Korean Sport Media and Culture

Referring to sports as “the universal language,” Media School assistant professor Lauren Smith said she will focus Korean Sport Media and Culture on the aftermath of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, of which South Korea will be the host. On top of that, the class will also focus on the biggest sports in South Korea, which include baseball, soccer and taekwondo, and how sports journalism is produced there. The spring break trip will take students to Seoul, where they will meet numerous sports journalists, as well as engage in other activities such as hiking and exploring.

Media in Latin America

Associate professor Tony Fargo
Associate professor Tony Fargo’s class will travel to Chile to explore media issues in Latin America. (Emma Knutson | The Media School)

Taught by associate professor Tony Fargo, Media in Latin America will focus on the media environment in Latin America, with a particular focus on Chile. At the beginning of the semester, students will choose a country from this region and monitor the historical, economic, political, legal and societal aspects throughout the course. Unlike the previous four courses, the trip for this one will take place in May, immediately following the end of spring classes. Those in the class will take a week-long trip to Santiago, Chile, where they will learn more about the media environment in this country.

Applications for the courses went live at Thursday. They’re due Sept. 29, and those who will apply will be notified of acceptance by Oct. 13.

Fees for each of the classes vary, though some come with automatic scholarships for students accepted, to offset some of the cost.

The overall course fee covers everything except tuition, spending money and most meals. Other means of funding can be found through the Hutton Honors College, 21st Century Scholars, the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program or through a financial need adjustment.

Eligibility to enroll in the courses vary. Mutual requirements are as follows:

  • Be on track to complete at least 30 credit hours completed by the end of the fall 2017 semester, or a master’s student
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Be on track to be admitted into The Media School by the end of the fall semester.