About the Jerusalem Project

The Jerusalem Project is a study-abroad program in international reporting co-sponsored by the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The program has also received generous support from the Jerusalem Press Club.


The students of The Jerusalem Project came from the United States, Turkey, Canada and Australia to study international reporting with veteran foreign correspondents.

In the summer of 2013, 15 students from the United States, Canada, Turkey and Australia traveled to Jerusalem to spend four weeks living as foreign correspondents and reporting on the Holy Land. The students worked with and learned from veteran foreign correspondents Linda Gradstein, a longtime NPR reporter who now works for The Media Line, and Ilene Prusher, a Jerusalem-based journalist for Haaretz who has reported on more than 30 countries for the The Christian Science Monitor and other publications.

Students also studied the history and politics of Israel/Palestine with noted Israel historian Eran Kaplan, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Israel Studies at San Francisco State University. ieiMedia Executive Director Rachele Kanigel, who is also an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, directed the program.

Students met with government officials, activists, shopkeepers, community leaders, soldiers and residents to get multiple perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on life in this complex region. The program included trips to Sderot, Hebron, Tel Aviv, Bethlehem and Bedouin communities in the Negev.

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Our Sponsors and Friends

The Jerusalem Project would like to thank:

  • The Jerusalem Press Club, which provided generous support to our program and hosted our dinner with Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Naomi Tsur
  • The Office of Academic Affairs at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the Australian Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Canadian Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which provided scholarship support for our students
  • The Jerusalem Post, The Media Line, Haaretz, and the Jerusalem bureau of the Associated Pres, which hosted our students during the program.

About ieiMedia

ieiMedia offers media study-abroad courses and internship programs that help prepare students for the complex demands of 21st century global journalism. Our programs combine training in a range of media skills — photography, videojournalism, international reporting and writing for digital media — with hands-on practice reporting on a foreign culture.

ieiMedia programs are open to English-speaking college students and recent graduates from all schools. Each media course is taught by a team of professional journalists and journalism educators.

About The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918 and opened officially in 1925, is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first among Israeli universities. The ieiMedia program was based at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus.

About the Jerusalem Press Club

The Jerusalem Press Club is a unique press hub located in the heart of Jerusalem, where journalists and professionals gather to meet, network and dine with local and international thinkers, leaders and prominent pace-setters. Located at the historic Mishkenot Sha’ananim, JPC provides a home away from home for both foreign journalists residing in Israel, as well as their visiting counterparts.

JPC members include journalists, diplomats, NGOs, businessmen and businesswomen, as well as journalism and communications students. All members enjoy the benefits of networking with each other and dining on the club’s veranda with breathtaking views of the Old City of Jerusalem.

For more information about next year’s ieiMedia programs go to ieiMedia.com.