Experience Paris and Geneva with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

By Emily Carle

For students with the study-abroad bug, a two-week trip to Paris and Geneva may be the perfect way to satiate this desire. Offered through the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the course Global Comparative Media Systems: Paris & Geneva is a two-week European adventure during Summer Intercession that allows students to earn course credit towards their degree, meet professionals in European media as well as experience two of Europe’s biggest cities. The trip runs from May 14, 2011 to May 29, 2011.

Photo of Geneva by Ryan Collins

The trip coordinator, Dr. Evonne Whitmore explains that the two cities were picked because of Paris’ cultural draw and Kent State resources in Geneva. While visiting these two cities, students will have the chance to visit European media outlets as well as meet with professionals in the field. Both Geneva and Paris have a rich media history and much to learn about. Though media sites are still being confirmed, students can expect to visit France 24, The Libertarian and Marie Claire in Paris as well as the United Nations Public Relations, Swiss International Radio and the Associated Press Headquarters in Geneva. After exploring media sites all day, there will also be trips to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Alps, and more cultural sites.

Photo of Geneva by Ryan Collins

During the two-week trip, students will be responsible for documenting their experiences through video, sound, pictures, stories and blogging. All of the students’ work will be continually posted on a website designed for the students. Friends, families and colleagues will be able to follow the group as they experience European culture. The schedule will usually be 9:00 AM-5:00 PM during the week with media assignments due every day. Evenings and weekends are free for students to explore the cities’ rich cultural history.

Photo of Geneva by Ryan Collins

At the end of the trip, students will have a complete media diary through their postings online. On top of this, students will be assigned a reflective paper looking at their experiences and what they learned over the two-week course. All of the work completed for this course is meant to be meaningful, not boring. Creativity and openness are always encouraged.

Photo of Geneva by Ryan Collins

For students who are interested in this unique and amazing opportunity, they must have a 2.7 GPA and be in the College of Communication & Information. The final informational session is tomorrow, Jan. 20. at 12  noon and 4 p.m. in 201 Franklin. There are applications in room 201 Franklin Hall. Applications are due by January 31, 2011. For any questions about the program, please contact Dr. Whitmore, ewhitmor@kent.edu or Deborah Davis, dldavis@kent.edu.


Photo of Geneva by Ryan Collins

Emily Carle is a senior applied communication major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

All photos compliments of Ryan Collins, a CCI student who traveled to the CCI Florence program.


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