Pack Your Bags for Poland!

Gdańsk Old Town

Gdańsk Old Town

Spend three weeks in May exploring Poland with your camera along with a small group of students from ISU. Journalism professor Dennis Chamberlin will lead a three week intensive multimedia course (JLMC 390) that will take you from one end of the country to the other. The group will begin the journey in the Baltic port city of Gdańsk, the birthplace of Solidarity, and will work their way south to the royal city of Kraków.

A few days of rest and relaxation in a mountain village, surrounded by stunning landscape, will provide opportunities to see Poland in a way that tourists seldom experience.

Generous financial aid packages are available through the Greenlee School and the College of Liberal Arts and Science.

Check the links above for more details or contact Dennis Chamberlin:   dennisch (at)

Rural Taxi

Rural Taxi

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Students to Explore Poland in May 2014



Next spring a group of students will head to Poland, 25 years after the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe,  to document the current situation. The students will work with Polish counterparts to produce multimedia packages that illustrate how the country has changed. The number of spaces are limited and previous photo experience is required.

The Greenlee School will be offering a number of scholarships based on portfolio reviews.

Watch this site for more details as they become available or contact professor Dennis Chamberlin for more information.

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Mark Your Calendar for Urbino 2013


Next summer’s month-long multimedia workshop in Urbino, Italy is now officially on the books and will be offered as JlMC 390.  The dates for the course are June 6 – July 4, 2013.

During the past two summers Greenlee professor, Dennis Chamberlin and a group of students joined others from around the country to participate in the international backpack journalism course. Iowa State University and James Madison are the joint sponsors of the course but it is open to students anywhere in the world.  In the past students from China, Japan, Singapore, Turkey and the UK have participated.

This year the group will be limited to 35 students and the student/teacher ratio will remain at 5:1. The faculty consists of seasoned professionals who have over 120 years combined experience in magazine, newspaper and television journalism.

For more information about applying contact Dennis Chamberlin, click on the Urbino 2013 link above or follow this ieiMedia link.

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Urbino Program Filling Quickly

Tour of the cityLanguage teacher Francesca Carducci leads a tour of Urbino’s historic city center.

The 2011 program for Urbino  is off to a good start. We have accepted applicants from ISU, Drake, Ryerson (Toronto), University of Nevada, University of Illinois, Westminster College, James Madison University, Louisiana State University and Moorpark College.

It is quite possible that the course will be filled by the end of December. Please start the application process soon if you are considering participation in June.

Also, please check the above Financial Aid link for ideas for funding the trip. If you currently receive a Pell Grant you may qualify for a special international scholarship from the federal government.

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Urbino Registration Has Started!

The first group of students have been accepted and paid their deposits for this summer’s Multimedia reporting class in Urbino, Italy.

Although the final deadline for application is February 1, 2011 it would be a good idea to apply by early January. We are accepting qualified applicants as they apply and you will have a response from ieiMedia within 10 days of your submission of the online application.

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Dream of becoming a foreign correspondent?

Sign up for a month-long intensive course to learn how to work as a foreign correspondent with faculty who can help you develop the skills for working abroad.  We currently offer two month-long summer courses in multimedia and backpack journalism. Both classes fulfill a journalism elective but the experience will be much deeper than the three credits that you will earn.

Even numbered years (2010, 2012) Professor Dennis Chamberlin leads a small group of students to Poland, where he worked as a photojournalist for 15 years, and provides students the opportunity for an intimate immersion into Polish life.

During odd numbered summers Professor Chamberlin works with a group of faculty from other schools to provide ISU students an opportunity to practice backpack journalism for a month in Italy.

Both courses offer an excellent opportunity to hone your photographic and multimedia skills in an exotic foreign setting.

Dancing in Jewish quarter, Kraków

Late night dancing in Kraków’s Jewish quarter.

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