Sixteen students, 10 interpreters and five professors from the Institute for Education in International Media, Rutgers University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Bologna spent June 2017 reporting, writing and shooting these stories, while based at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. Students had an opportunity to try out the life of a foreign correspondent, and to report on the people and issues that make this ancient university city tick.

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Bologna: People-Powered City

From bottom left: Italian professor Chiara Rani, students Maria Christina Lander, Sierra Henry, Nain Ladak and Emily Liu; second row, from right, Program Director and Rutgers University journalism professor Mary D'Ambrosio, students Christopher Bohorquez, Samantha Jeannot, Angelica Morales, Dalila Radoncic, Leona Juan, Sade Ford, Yinxin Liang, Liz Pace and Gianna Bruzzese; top row, from left, Northern Arizona University documentary film professor Kurt Lancaster, students Morgan Constuble, Mikaela Chianese and Mason Plotts, and program organizer Luigi Valeri. Not pictured: University of Bologna student interpreters Ilaria Campostrini, Giulia Cicchinelli, Clelia Cuzzolin, Chiara D’Alfonso, Tommaso Garagnani, Livia Gentilini, Valentina Mazzoli, Claudia Paolozza , Anna Ratti and Federico Santini, and University of Bologna professors Sam Whitsitt and John Patrick Leech.

Join us next summer!

Want to join the summer 2018 global journalism project? We'll again travel to Bologna, Italy, to report on the affairs of the city.

Rutgers University students, please apply at the Center for Global Education, or contact Journalism and Media Studies Professor Mary D'Ambrosio, at, for more information.

Biking beneath the porticos

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Picnic on San Luca Hill

Concert in the Appennini mountains

Exploring the city

Dr. Morgan Lax

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Dr. Phillip Jones

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At the free outdoor film festival in the Piazza Maggiore -- a highlight of a Bologna summer.

With special thanks to:

‍‍‍At the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Europe: Director Michael Plummer,  Vice Director Bart Drakulich, adjunct professor and teaching assistant Luigi Valeri, and technology administrators Paolo Forlani and Lorenzo Righetti. At the University of Bologna's Department of Interpreting and Translation: Professors John Patrick Leech, Samuel Porter Whitsitt and Rafael Lozano Miralles (department chair).  At the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information: Dean Jonathan Potter, Associate Deans Dafna Lemish and Karen Novick, Journalism and Media Studies Professors Susan Keith (department chair), Jack Bratich and Regina Marchi, and undergraduate studies coordinator Steven Miller. At the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs: Eugene Murphy and Lauren Franson. At the Institute for Education in International Media: President Andrew Ciofalo, and Executive Director Michael Dorsher. Special guest: Bibbi Abruzzini.

Entertaining the students

A region famous for its tortellini

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