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JEM Students Travel to Croatia to Produce Video Stories

Knight, Steinberg, DelPilar, CunninghamFour School of Journalism and Electronic Media students traveled to Croatia in March 2014 as a part of a U.S. State Department grant. Marissa Steinberg, a senior from Atlanta; Jackie DelPilar, a senior, and Abby Knight, a junior, both from Nashville; and Malorie Cunningham, a junior from Greenville, S.C. spent two weeks in Croatia producing stories including a 30-minute program that aired on WBIR on Easter Sunday, April 20.

The program was aired as part of UT TODAY, a JEM 460 class-produced show that aired on WBIR-TV on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. during the spring semester. The story was one of several produced by the group.

The students’ trip was part of an exchange funded by a U.S. State Department grant and led by Professor Sam Swan. The UT students worked alongside students from the University of Zagreb in Croatia and from the University of Missouri School of Journalism to produce stories for both American and Croatian audiences. Their work yielded 12 stories covering subjects ranging from the origins of the necktie to the history behind the Balkan War between Serbia and Croatia. 

Six Croatian students visited UT in October 2013 to produce stories about East Tennessee. 

The exchange program is designed to promote improved international reporting and understanding. 

“All four of the UT students experienced travel outside of the U.S. for the first time on this trip,” said Swan. “Their eye-opening experiences in Croatia helped them fast-track their personal and journalistic maturity while teaching them to see the world through the eyes of others.”