Media in Latin America

Students in the 2016 Media in Latin America class pose at the top of San Cristobal Hill overlooking Santiago. (Shannon Martin | The Media School)

Get a firsthand look at the Latin American media environment. Media in Latin America is a four-credit, semester-long course during spring semester that focuses on media issues in Latin America. The class includes a week-long trip to Santiago, Chile, in May immediately after spring classes end.

The media environment includes historical, economic, political, legal and societal factors that have shaped and continue to shape the media today in an age of the Internet and instant communication. The media environment also includes journalism education: how the young are prepared for careers in the media industries.

Taught by associate professor Tony Fargo, the course will look to the past, dwell on the present and speculate about the future. The course will broadly survey Latin America and the Caribbean and will focus on Chile.

To apply for the course, you must:

  1. be on track to be a sophomore by credit hours (30 hours completed) by the end of fall 2017 semester or be a master’s student.
  2. have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. be on track to be admitted to The Media School by the end of the fall 2017 semester.
  4. be on track to have completed two semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent by the end of the fall 2017 semester.

Master’s degree students also may be eligible to take the class for graduate credit. Contact Amy Cornell, director of student services, for more information.

The Media School provides a scholarship to all students admitted to this course to lower the course fee assessed for travel.

  • Full program costs: $3,350
  • Scholarship from grants: $1,150
  • Course fee after scholarship: $2,200

The course fee covers round-trip transportation from Bloomington, lodging, all required activities, health insurance and some meals. We recommend students have at least $400 available during the trip to cover meals and personal expenses. These expenses can be reduced through other scholarships and grants, such as the Hutton International Experiences grant.


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