June 3, 2009

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About The Urbino Project and

By Rachele Kanigel
Director, The Urbino Project

For more than 500 years, scholars have flocked to the city of Urbino, Italy in a quest for knowledge. During the Renaissance, the University of Urbino, founded in 1506, attracted artists and scientists, poets and inventors. In July 2009, 25 students from the United States, Puerto Rico and Trinidad gathered in this UNESCO World Heritage site to study multimedia storytelling and to create a Web site about the community. is produced by The Urbino Project, an educational program co-sponsored by the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) and San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department and College of Extended Learning.

Students spent one month in Urbino studying digital photography, video, Web design, reporting, intercultural communication, blogging and Italian language and culture and gathering stories from the community. English-language students from the Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo” (University of Urbino) provided interpretation services.

Under the direction of Professor Andrew Ciofalo, ieiMedia has taken North American college students abroad to study multimedia and global communication every summer since 2002. To see previous projects and to get more information about enrolling in future programs, go to the ieiMedia Web site. In the summer of 2009, ieiMedia and SFSU co-sponsored a similar program in Armagh, Northern Ireland. You can see the fruits of that project at

The Faculty

Rachele Kanigel (Project Director, Reporting) is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where she advises the award-winning Golden Gate [X]press publications. Her students produce a weekly newspaper, a multimedia Web site updated daily and a magazine that comes out three times a semester. She also teaches courses in writing, editing, magazine production and journalism ethics. She was a medical reporter for 15 years for daily newspapers, including The Oakland Tribune and The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina, and was a freelance correspondent for TIME magazine. She has written for U.S. News & World Report, Health, Natural Health, People, Reader’s Digest, Prevention, and other national magazines and Web sites and continues to freelance. In 2006 she was named California Journalism Educator of the Year (Four-Year Division) by the California Journalism Education Coalition. Her book. The Student Newspaper Survival Guide, was published by Blackwell Publishing in 2006. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University.

Gretchen Macchiarella (Video) heads the daily editorial operations of, including overseeing multimedia projects.
She currently organizes all the training, and provides much of it. She works with reporters through short-term intensives, formal workshops and one-on-one editing to teach technical skills and storytelling.
She founded a multimedia internship program with local colleges and has been a guest speaker for university classes and the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley.
She has worked on several experimental video projects including a daily news webcast and hosting and producing local video features.  Before going digital she worked as a print reporter and business editor for several newspapers, including The Star. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Communications and where she worked at the Daily Nexus.  
She lives in Ventura, Calif. with her husband, Tony, in a small house with a big dog.

Francesca Carducci: (Italian Language/Interpreter Supervisor) received her degree in Pharmacy from the University of Urbino. She teaches English and is a lecturer (CEL) at the Department of Modern Literature and Philological-Linguistic Sciences at the University of Urbino. She is a member of the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) staff of the faculty of Computer Science and teaches in the English master’s program for Italian primary school teachers offered by the Department of Foreign Languages. Fran is originally from Buffalo, New York, and became interested in content-based teaching methodology as a consequence of her scientific background. She has revised and edited scientific articles to be published in English for years, and has created science and math courses in English for Italian students at almost every level. Francesca truly enjoys teaching both online and in the classroom and, after more than 20 years of living and working in Urbino, considers herself a bona fide “Urbinate.”

Dennis Chamberlin (Photography) is an assistant professor of journalism at Iowa State University and a Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist. He has more than 20 years experience as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist and has worked for publications such as TIME, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and National Geographic. Most of his professional career was spent living in Eastern Europe where he covered the fall of communism and reintegration of Europe for various publications over a 15-year period. He has spent most of his life shooting slide film but is now a strong advocate of the power of multimedia as a storytelling tool and focuses his own work and teaching on multimedia.

Arielle Emmett: (Editor, Urbino View magazine) 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. Currently she is a doctoral student in Communications at the University of Maryland. She head up ieiMedia’s evaluation program.

Jesse Garnier (Web Design) Jesse Garnier has taught journalism, design and multimedia at San Francisco State University since 2006. He also advises the department’s award-winning online student publication, Golden Gate [X]press Online. Previously, Jesse held a series of management and editorial positions for the Associated Press graphics department in New York and San Francisco. With the AP, Jesse covered or managed the coverage of major news events including the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Jesse also designed, developed and deployed company-wide Web applications for the AP, including their first-ever unified corporate Intranet. Before joining the AP, Jesse, a San Francisco native, was on the masthead of the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner as editor of Jesse is a member of the Society for News Design and the Asian American Journalists Association.

Dr. Patricia Geist-Martin (Intercultural Communication is a professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University where she teaches organizational communication, health communication and ethnographic research methods. Her research interests focus on narrative and negotiating identity, ideology, & control in organizations, particularly in health and illness.  She has published three books and over 60 articles and book chapters.  One look at her resume reveals that her research interests have taken her quite a few places, including Hawaii, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and most recently Costa Rica. While the broad umbrella of her research is health communication, most recently she has become fascinated with two specific areas:  (a) the culture and politics of communicating in alternative health care practices, and (b) story as healing, where writing becomes a form of inquiry and health. She is immersed in her fourth book, a memoir entitled Melancholy Speed, about her mother, who died when she was 17. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Purdue University. When Patricia is not researching, teaching and writing, she is off into the wilderness, hiking, running, camping and exploring with her husband J.C. and their 16-year-old daughter, Makenna.

Marie Gould (Student Life) has a long career working in media and with college students, including tenures as a regular newspaper columnist, special correspondent for TV news, and a travel writer. Marie currently is assistant director of the Tulane University program For The Children, which uses college students to tutor children in low-performing New Orleans public schools. She recruits, advises, trains, and supervises Tulane students. Marie brings decades of intercultural experience to the ieiMedia program. Her travel resume stretches back to her childhood with family in Sweden and includes more than 40 years exploring countries across the globe.  She is a long-time member of the international cultural exchange group Servas, both as a traveler and host. Marie obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and master’s degree from the University of New Orleans.

Bob Marshall (Reporting) is a veteran reporter, feature writer and columnist whose work at The Times-Picayune has earned two Pulitzer Prizes. He was co-author of the series “Oceans of Trouble: Are the World’s Fisheries Doomed?” which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2006 Marshall’s investigations into the engineering missteps that led to the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina were among the stories for which the newspaper was honored with The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In 2007 Marshall was co-author of the series “Last Chance: The Fight to Save a Disappearing Coast,” about Louisiana’s coastal erosion problems, which won the 2007 John H. Oakes Prize for Environmental Reporting from Columbia University, and The National Academies of Sciences Communications Award for newspaper and magazine reporting. Marshall’s wide-ranging career has included covering professional and college sports, Olympics, and the outdoors beat, as well as working on special environmental projects. His many other national and regional awards for journalism include top honors from the Associated Press, United Press International, Scripps-Howard Foundation National Journalism Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Sportswriters and Sportscasters, the Pro Football Writers of America and Outdoor Writers Association of America. His environmental reporting and essays have also earned recognition form a wide range of conservation and environmental groups, including Conservationist of the Year awards from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. And in 2004 Marshall was elected to the Circle of Chiefs by the OWAA, that group’s highest award for contributions to conservation.
In addition to his newspaper work, Marshall’s professional credits include his current assignment as conservation editor for Field&Stream Magazine, and terms as South region editor of Field&Stream; South columnist of Outdoor Life Magazine; host of the F&S Radio Network; co-host of ESPN’s The Outdoors Writers and feature assignments for a wide range of national publications from Men’s Journal and Reader’s Digest to National Geographic Adventure. Marshall, a 1971 graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, lives in The Big Easy with his wife, Marie.

Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy (Intercultural Communication) earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. In addition to teaching over 20 different courses at Loyola University Chicago, she has served as Department Chair, Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences, and Director of Women’s Studies. In 1996, she received the highest teaching award given at Loyola Chicago. Her areas of scholarship include communication theory, media and society, gender and communication, communication ethics, service learning and intercultural communication. Her publications include a co-authored text on hegemony, a co-edited text on service learning and a documentary about women’s education.  She is currently working on a documentary about the image of nuns in U.S. popular culture. Dr. Murphy lived with her family in Rome during the 1998-99 academic year when she taught for Loyola’s Rome Center.

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