Study Abroad 2009 A Fun Memory!

The study abroad trip to France was 28 days of fun, culture, media visits and learning experiences! Students in Ethics and Problems and Travel Reporting met with NPR correspondent Eleanor Beardsley and visited France 24, France’s 24-hour news channel. They also visited important sites in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon and shared great times with other Florida Gators and new international friends.
For information on next year's trip to England and Ireland, and to see a slide show of highlights from this year's trip, go to:!

Dec 26, 2008

Final Book Lists Announced

New books have been added to the reading lists for RTV 4930 and 4931. All are available through on-line services such as Amazon and Books-A-Million and many can be purchased through local retailers.

There will be assignments related to both reading lists due during our time in France, so it’s a good idea to get an early start on the reading!

For RTV 4930 (Ethics and Problems) the new addition is: Travelers’ Tales: France, edited by James O’Reilly. San Francisco: Travelers’ Tales (2002). This collection offers vignettes written by travel writers about France, including life in rural and urban France.

For RTV 4931 (Travel Reporting) the new additions are: Travelers’ Tales: France edited by James O’Reilly. San Francisco: Travelers’ Tales (2002); and Best American Travel Writing 2008, edited by Anthony Bourdain. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company (2008). Part of an annual series, this book includes travel stories collected from leading publications, featuring great writing and exotic locations around the globe.

This completes the required books for the two classes, but each class will also have a required course pack which will be available later this Spring. Stay tuned for an announcement on that.

The rest of the required books for the two classes are listed below.

Nov 14, 2008

Partial Reading Lists Announced

If you would like to get started on the reading for your study abroad class, here’s a preview of some of what will be on the required reading lists:

RTV 4931 Ethics and Problems
In The Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars by Kevin Sites. (New York: Perennial, 2007.) Backpack journalist Kevin Sites became known as the NBC photojournalist who recorded the video of a Marine executing a captured Iraqi prisoner in a mosque. Sites writes about the ethical dilemmas journalists face in wartime situations. He also gives insight into how journalism is changing because of technology.

The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.) New York Times reporter Helene Cooper grew up as a privileged child in the African nation of Liberia in the 1970s. Her life changed forever when her family was caught up in a violent coup. Cooper writes about how those events shaped her decision to become a journalist covering many of the world’s hotspots.

RTV 4930 Travel Reporting
A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives and Inspiration by Michael Shapiro. (San Francisco: Travelers’ Tales, 2004). Shapiro interviews some of the top travel reporters and writers working today about their successful techniques. Borrow some inspiration from their great ideas!

Nov 7, 2008

Returning to France

After visiting France twice - once in 1996 and again in 1997 - I look forward to returning in May 2009.

France has always meant adventure to me. It was one of the first countries I wanted to visit after taking French in high school and reading Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. I think if I could visit one point in history, I would pick Paris in the 1920s.

In addition to visiting Paris before, I've briefly passed through Lyon, Nice and Strasbourg. I look foward to visiting the western part of the country with our trip to Bordeaux.