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The Armagh Media Project
Institute for Education
in International Media
Andrew Ciofalo, Director

About the Armagh Media Project

Armagh: The Hidden Irish Gem

Journey to Armagh: The oldest city in Ireland with a cultural history as rich as the city is beautiful. To explore Armagh is to travel to a land with 6,500 years worth of legend and archeological significance, balanced by the charm of a modern city nestled in the heart of scenic rural Northern Ireland known for its pastures and apple orchards.

Students studying and working in tranquil Armagh will find themselves immersed in the epicenter of religion in Ireland, a place where St. Patrick built his first church and from where he launched his conversion of the Irish peoples. Both the Catholic and Anglican cathedrals grace dominant hilltops that between them embrace cultures long united by a common faith. St. Patrick called Armagh “my sweet hill.”

Armagh City and County, the smallest in Northern Ireland, sits on the Irish Republic’s border and is 2 hours from Dublin, 3 from Galway, and 1 from Belfast. The area is dotted with historic villages and stone age settlement sites. The rolling green hills tumble down from the mountain range that divides Ulster from the West of Ireland.

Armagh has a wide range of attractions: two cathedrals, museums, national parks, historic castles and houses, a modern theater, a university, a planetarium, a digital film archive, hotels and B&B’s, numerous restaurants and pubs. Activities include, golf, fishing, bicycling, and hiking.

The Program

Join a team of media professionals creating a web documentary on the town of Armagh, Ireland …and get a taste of being a foreign correspondent. Earn 6 communication credits from Temple University that you can transfer back to your home campus. Any college student in good standing may apply regardless of major.

The Faculty

Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz (M.A. Communications, West Virginia University, B.S. Computer Science, Ohio University) is the Chief Information Officer and Director of Production for JesuitNET, a consortium of the Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States. She has worked extensively in the area of education and technology, producing several online courses and communication campaigns for NASA, and launching new online programs for JesuitNet that span several disciplines. Her passion for story-telling has evolved as technology has evolved -- keeping her on the “bleeding” edge. You can find more information about Cindy at http://www.jesuit.net/cbonfini/.
John Caputo (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School and University Center) has been teaching communication courses for more than 30 years. His areas of expertise include media and social values, communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication. He is the author of four books: Dimensions of Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Communicating Effectively: Linking Thought and Expression; and McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture. Dr. Caputo has been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and the Masters Program in Media and Communication at the Universita de Firenze, Italy.
Giovanni Caputo received his degree in communication and fine arts from Gonzaga University and did his graduate studies in education at the Evergreen State College. Aside from teaching in Italy, Giovanni has spent time teaching at various levels inthe French public school system. Back in the U.S., Giovanni works as a French translator and graphic designer. Giovanni’s academic interests include journalism, short story writing and storytelling. In addition to teaching a course on journaling in last year’s Cagli program, Giovanni was the editor of the Armagh Examiner and Around Armagh an online news and information blogs created for the program.
Andrew Ciofalo (MSJ, Columbia University) is Professor of Communication/ Journalism at Loyola College (Md.) where he arrived in 1983 to found what is now The Communication Department. He is the author and director of the college’s Cagli Program in International Reporting which every summer since 2002 has sent undergraduates to participate in The Cagli Media Project, an on-going multi-media web documentary on a small Italian town (http://www.CagliProject.com). In keeping with his interest in experiential learning, he is the founder of Apprentice House Press, a student-run book publishing company at Loyola College (http://www. ApprenticeHouse.com). He teaches courses in Travel Writing, Book Publishing, Magazine Publishing, Magazine Writing, and Opinion Writing. Most recently he has founded The Institute for Education in International Media, an independent organization that sponsors Cagli-style media projects abroad.
Judy Dobler - Dr. Dobler (Ciofalo) has been on the Communication Department faculty at Loyola College (Md.) since its inception. Immediately after earning her doctorate ar the University of Iowa, she came to Loyola to play a significant role in the college’s ground-breaking Writing-Across-the-Curriculum, which was funded by a major national grant. In addition to specializing in the teaching of essay writing, she heads the department’s Empirical Rhetoric program, which gives qualified entering freshmen opportunities to do more advanced writing. Dr. Dobler also chairs the college’s Gender Studies Program. Her academic research agenda focuses on the development and use of metaphor in early scientific writing, an interest that is expressed in one of her courses, “Translating the Secrets of Science”.
Arielle Emmett has been a professional journalist and teacher since beginning her career. After graduating with honors in pre-med and East Asian studies at the University of Michigan, she was selected as the New York Times intern for columnist William Safire. Emmett later studied at National Taiwan Normal University while serving as a Newsweek stringer. She became a columnist and contributor to Orientations, Asia Magazine, and East Asian News and Features. Later she went to New York as an editor for Science Digest. Emmett then became a reporter and full-time features staff writer for the Detroit Free Press. She has held senior positions at Computer Graphics World magazine, America’s Network, and Wireless Integration, and was a ten-year contributing editor at The Scientist.
Susan Jacobson (PhD, New York University) is a full-time faculty member in the Dept. of Journalism at Temple University. She teaches courses in audio-visual newsgathering, Web journalism, design for journliasts and student portfolio preparation. She has worked in new media for more than 20 years, working with companies like The New York Times, Scholastic, GTE (now Verizon) and Comedy Central. She has conducted several community webcasting projects in Phildelphia and New York City, working with organizations like Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway, ComedySportz Philadelphia, and the Fluid Nightclub in Philadelphia. Dr. Jacobson is a member of the Board of the Directors of the Philadelphia Area New Media Association.
George Miller is a journalism professor at Temple University, and a freelance writer and photographer. A 1993 graduate of Loyola College, Miller previously worked as a photojournalist and reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News. He holds masters degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the Cagli Project since 2003, teaching photography and storytelling. In 2006, he worked with students to create an unconventional travel book about the Le Marche region of Italy.
Dustin Morrow is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer. He teaches media production at Temple University. His short films have won numerous awards and been shown in venues around the world. He writes about film and pop culture for a host of publications, and his photographs have been featured in a number of art and culture magazines, as well as public exhibition spaces. Much of Morrow’s work seeks to explore Irish music, politics, and culture through essays, photographs, and short- and long-form narrative, documentary and avant-garde films.
Tom Petner has worked in television news since the mid-1960s. He has more than 35 years' experience in editorial, production and media management. He is a full-time faculty member at Temple University's Department of Journalism, where he leads the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab (MURL).