Travel journalism has three distinct qualities: emphasis on cultural awareness; ambition to provide depth or insight beyond the surface; and complexity of theme, material, and structure within a specific place and with a specific people. While being immersed in Denmark, we will explore a range of techniques that travel journalists use to discover and verify information, to tell stories, and to engage audiences.
This program will operating in Maymester this year. For Summer 2023, students will arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 15, 2023 and will depart the program on June 5, 2023.
The Course and Course Objectives
Students will receive three hours of elective credit during the Travel Writing in Copenhagen Study Abroad Program. This three hour course is listed under the JOUR 5570 course listing. There are no necessary prerequisites for this course.
1. Practice the essential skills and knowledge required of today’s multimedia journalists with an emphasis on pitching, reporting processes, multiplatform storytelling and being published.
2. Explore and expand a specific beat in order to produce two multiplatform stories: an profile/event/news multiplatform piece and an experiential narrative all of which allow you to dive deeper into a particular area of interest, whether historical, cultural, political, etc.
3. Learn about doing journalism for diverse audiences, but even more important, learn how to: listen well, appreciate differences, manage time, push through the uncomfortable or unknown, discover hidden passions, embrace change, overcome fear, gain independence, make mistakes, cultivate an open mind, and learn more about who you are.
Who can apply?
The Travel Writing in Copenhagen Study Abroad Program is open to university students (including graduate students) in the United States who are majoring, minoring or simply interested in journalism or communications. Students on this program must have a background or passion for writing. Students will be required to produce a multi-media piece on the program, so some experience in video, audio, or graphics is a plus.
APPLY TO TRAVEL WRITING IN COPENHAGEN
Applications open in August of each year. Applications for Summer 2023 are due Thursday, November 10th, 2022.
To apply, click the “Apply now” button, which will direct you to UGA’s Office of Global Engagement’s StudyAway Portal. If you have any questions about the application process, contact Rebekah Seabolt, Grady’s Global Studies Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ralitsa Vassileva teaches undergraduate Newsource and Multiplatform Newsroom Projects. She uses solutions journalism methods in working with her students on live newscasts and in-depth reporting. Vassileva has 20+ years experience as CNN anchor & correspondent handling daily and breaking news for diverse audiences. Her work helped CNN win awards for covering major international events like the Arab Spring, the Tsunami disaster and September 11, 2001. Vassileva has worked in various media roles including news director, multi-platform writer and consultant. This will be Ralitsa’s first year leading the Travel Writing program in Copenhagen and is eager to engage students in the culture.
Rebekah Seabolt has been Grady’s Global Studies Program Manager since August 2016. She earned a bachelor of arts in public health from Georgia College and State University in 2011 and a master of arts in public relations from the University of Georgia in 2016. As the Global Studies Program Manager, Rebekah is the point of contact for all of Grady College’s study abroad and domestic field study programs.