Croatia is an increasingly popular tourist destination for American tourists, with some of them mixing study with pleasure. A new travel journalism course which concludes on July 9, 2016.
Eight aspiring travel journalists have made their way to Croatia documenting the country through video, writing, photos and social media. The program consists of one week in Split with day trips to surrounding areas followed by a week in Zagreb learning about inland Croatia.
The Institute for Education in International Media offers journalism study abroad courses and internship programs to help prepare students for 21st century global journalism. Training ranges from media skills, photography, video journalism, international reporting and writing for digital media. This year’s program has students from Colorado State University, LeMoyne College and St. Thomas University.
Colorado State University Professors, Steve Weiss and Greg Luft as well as alumnus, Ashley Colburn are leading the program. Colburn’s international travel documentaries and work in Croatia has inspired college students to pursue careers internationally and Colburn has designed the program.
Each day is full of adventure and culture and the students are documenting it along the way. Classroom sessions have been rafting down the Cetina River with Vir-Rafting, touring Dubrovnik and yesterday they shopped at the markets in Split and learned how to prepare local cuisine. Other highlights in the region consist of visiting the island of Brac and learning the importance of stone at Klesarska skola, and filming one of Europe’s top beaches, Zlatni Rat. On the way to Zagreb students will explore Plitvice Lakes and then have a week in the capital city. Experts in travel, journalism and business will speak with the students during their stay in Croatia, and students will create projects on a subject that interests them. Next week students will visit Vukovar to learn about the homeland war as well as Medjimurje County to explore castles, wine roads and stunning views.
The students are already wishing the program lasted longer as their love for Croatia is growing each and every day. This program will hopefully be the first of many as Croatia’s diversity, history and beauty makes it the perfect classroom.
To follow the students adventures and to view their projects, be sure to visit: www.incroatia.org