Program Details

Earn 8 hours of undergraduate credit All courses taught in English. All undergraduates take: JRN 421 – The Journalist in a Democracy – Students will examine the reporting practices that aid, inform and engage citizens. We’ll look closely at the crucial
Location:
Prishtine, Kosovo
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
Miami University Study Abroad Program – KosovaLive continues its unique partnership with a US based university. The study abroad program with the Journalism Department of the Miami University (Oxford, OH), which was launched in 2008, had its sixth edition in two summer months of 2013. The ongoing program has been envisioned as an opportunity to develop the understanding and abilities at enterprising and in-depth journalism, through combining classroom learning with an internship at the free and independent news service. During their 8-week stay in Kosovo ( June through August), a group of ten students attend classes at the premises of KosovaLive under the tutelage of two Miami University and University of Dayton lecturers and an assistant. Most of the students will then, in the afternoon hours, continue with their internship at KosovaLive newsroom, under the direction of their professors and news agency staff, in producing stories for the service, while some of them, per their focus of study and interest, are placed for internship in local non-governmental organizations. Students develop their abilities as online storytellers and work hand-in-hand with other non-profit organizations. Aside from their professional development, in the unique transitioning environment in Kosovo, working in a foreign language, students get a hands on experience of what it is to work in the media internationally.

Earn 8 hours of undergraduate credit All courses taught in English. All undergraduates take: JRN 421 – The Journalist in a Democracy – Students will examine the reporting practices that aid, inform and engage citizens. We’ll look closely at the crucial role that journalists play in helping communities and societies make progress on problems. (3 credits) ITS 365 – Peace Building in the Balkans – Students will examine the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and the efforts to build a lasting peace, including social justice and economic development. (3 credits) Student internships are based on majors and interests. Students will enroll in one of these: JRN/COM 340 – Internship: A place with a story to tell. – Students will be reporters at KosovaLive News Agency, the respected, independent, online news service that provides written and video stories to the region. Student journalists will focus on in-depth stories that breathe life into the news and describe issues in human terms. (2 credits) ITS 340 – Internship: The crucial role of non-profit agencies in a new nation. – Students interested in advocacy or social programs will work at a non-governmental organization dealing with topics related to your studies, such as democratization, human rights, and public health (Partner NGOs selected by faculty) (2 credits)

Participants have a rare opportunity to witness and report history as unfolding in the young nation of Kosovo from the unbiased and factual lens of KosovaLive.
Setting Description:
Based in Pristina, students will develop their abilities as online storytellers or work hand-in-hand with non-profit organizations, while learning about the daily lives and culture of people in the Balkans. They also will have the rare opportunity to witness and report history unfolding as Kosovars build a free and independent nation. During this 8-week program, students will participate in classes and their internships 4 days a week, with 3-day weekends to explore Southeastern Europe.
Cost:
Classrooms: Classes will be at KosovaLive, in Pristina, the capital city and with some special sessions at American University. Courses will be taught by Miami University faculty and will include guest speakers from the region. Housing: Students will stay in a hotel in the center of Pristina – safe, secure, and convenient to classes, activities, and internships. Flights: We will travel as a group, departing the USA on June 9, 2014 and returning August 5, 2014. Tuition: The cost is the same as

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