MOJO | Ireland Summer 2017

Special Topics JMC 40095/50095 |
Credit: 3 hours.
Maximum enrollment: 12
Summer Intersession: May 22-June 9. (Travel dates: May 19-May 29*.)
Required Textbook: Lonely Planet’s Destination Ireland iBook ($2.99)
Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac, iPad or smartphone. The features of this book will serve as a prototype and working example of potential user interactions, content, format and presentation of the iBook we create in the course.
*Dates for 2017 are still being set.

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience and offer unique opportunities to engage with different cultures and grow personally and professionally. This course is designed to provide an academically rigorous, intellectually challenging, and professionally relevant study-away experience for students interested in a broad range of communication-related careers.  Mobile Journalism and Publishing in Ireland will begin in the School of Journalism with technical preparation and pre-production work seminars and end on the Kent Campus with peer review and final editing.  Students will be invited to participate based on their preliminary online application and a follow-up in-person interview.  We will spend 10 days on-location in Dublin, Galway and the Irish midlands and southwest learning about Irish culture and producing multimedia stories for an iBook to be published and distributed globally on iTunes. Selection of final stories and features will be competitive.

Production will incorporate research and first-person interviews to develop story concepts and will utilize location photography, videography, audio and infographics in the final presentation and publication.  All content will be created using emerging mobile technology solutions and innovative best practices to record, edit and distribute the comprehensive work.  We will participate in a mobile journalism seminar with the Innovation Lead of RTÉ, Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster and meet with members of the programming and editorial boards.  We will attend presentations on Irish culture, history, and linguistic traits; learn basic Gaelic vocabulary and phrases; participate in special seminars and workshops at Trinity College, NUI Galway and GMIT and meet with national ebook publishers and digital content providers.

Learning Objectives

Throughout this course, students will:

  • Learn how to conduct research, uncover, evaluate information and think critically, creatively and independently.
  • Develop a personal work ethic to attain professional goals.
  • Establish a new awareness of cross-cultural and intercultural communication and become comfortable meeting and engaging with a diversity of people in a foreign nation to gain an appreciation of our participation in a global society.
  • Think strategically and apply professional practices to contribute effectively in an editorial team with a common purpose.
  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for an international audience.
  • Apply mobile publishing best practices in the field and acquire an in-depth understanding of key issues related to technical limitations and potential for the digital distribution of multimedia stories.
  • Critically evaluate your work and that of others for accuracy, fairness, clarity.
  • Learn how to work on location in a foreign culture, navigate in unfamiliar settings and situations and negotiate professionally and competently to achieve desired goals.
  • Master the effective use of emerging mobile production technology and methods to integrate data, insight, and strategy to tell compelling multimedia stories in an interactive (iBook) format for wide distribution via iTunes.