June 23-July 23, 2011

Do you dream of becoming a foreign correspondent? Do you want to learn multimedia storytelling skills? Do both this summer and have the time of your life with the multimedia journalism program in Perpignan, France co-sponsored by San Francisco State University and the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia).

The program is open to English-speaking students from all colleges and universities, as well as recent graduates. Instruction is in English (except French classes) and students work with interpreters to report and shoot their stories. Preference is given to journalism, media, film or mass communication majors and students with experience on a college or professional publication.

Students spend four weeks studying international reporting, blogging, multimedia storytelling and videojournalism — as well as French language and culture — and report on the community of Perpignan, a charming Catalan city near the Spanish border. They then create a multimedia website about the city (see last year’s project here).

About Perpignan

Perpignan lies in the sunny Languedoc region of southwestern France, 8 miles west of the Mediterranean and 19 miles north of the Spanish border, within sight of the Pyrénées. The city, which passed back and forth between French and Spanish rule over the centuries, features a charming, pedestrian-friendly historic quarter; a daily market; several arts festivals in the summer and lively night life. Watch the fireworks shot over a 14th century fortress on the 14th of July (Bastille Day). Try escargots and other regional specialties at the local tapas bars and sip coffee at the sidewalk cafes. Lovely Mediterranean beach towns like Collioure and Argelès-sur-Mer are just a short bus or train ride away.

Features of the program:

  • Live in air-conditioned studio apartments with free Internet access, kitchenettes and private baths in a modern hotel
  • Study with top international journalism professionals who have worked in France, Mexico, Australia, Italy and the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Study French at a respected language academy (students are divided into two groups — beginner and intermediate)
  • Travel on two free three-day weekends to nearby beach towns, the French Riviera, Barcelona, Paris or other cities in France or Spain
  • Tour French media outlets and local historic and cultural attractions

Program fee: $4,995 plus airfare (includes tuition, housing, ground transportation, equipment, cultural activities).

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through Feb. 1, 2011. Students are encouraged to apply early since the program may fill before that. Late applications will be considered if spots are available.

Click here for more information and application.

Mark E. Johnson

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