Professors

URBINO PROJECT FACULTY
Reporting

Michael Gold

Michael Gold

Michael Gold has been a writer, editor, and manager at award-winning publications, in print and online. He started his career as a reporter at the Bergen County (NJ) Record and the Boston Herald American. He was a founding writer and editor for Science 80, which won three National Magazine Awards while he was there. In 1986, Gold co-founded Hippocrates, now called Health, where he served as managing editor and executive editor. As a consultant for West Gold Editorial, he helped conceive and launch University Business and Dwell magazines as well as Thrive, an online health network produced by Time, Inc. and AOL. Gold has consulted for Inc, PC World, Consumer Reports, Executive Travel, and others, offering management advice, guiding major renovations, and coaching editorial staff. He has served as the editor of Strings magazine, edited several jazz arranging books for Berklee Press, and helped lead the magazine launch projects and online track for the Stanford Professional Publishing Courses. He is the author of A Conspiracy of Cells, a popular, nonfiction account of a scandal in cancer research. He taught in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 programs in Urbino.
Contacts and Information
Email: michael@westgoldeditorial.com
Web: westgoldeditorial.com
Blog: ContentWise

Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall is the 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. In addition to his newspaper work, Marshall’s professional credits include writing for Field & Stream Magazine,Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure. He taught reporting in Cagli in 2008 and taught in Urbino in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Contacts and Information
Email: b.marshall@cox.net
Web: http://blog.nola.com/outdoors/about.html

Susan West

Susan West

Susan West thought she was going to be a scientist but changed her mind when she found out there was such a thing as science journalism. Her science reporting took her from Mount St Helens to the South Pole, included the first national magazine story on AIDS, and led her to co-founding Health magazine, now owned by Time Inc. Susan’s work at Health earned numerous national and regional awards, including four National Magazine Awards. These days, Susan (along with husband and fellow ieiMedia instructor Michael Gold) runs a publishing consulting with clients such as Dwell, BabyCenter, WebMD, and Discovery.com. She’s also been the executive editor of Smithsonian and the founding editor of travel magazine Afar, which in 2010 won the “Oscar” of travel journalism for the issues she edited. In a return to her science-y roots, Susan now serves on the editorial board of the Food and Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that produces investigative stories on food, agriculture, and the environment. When she’s not working on new publishing models, Susan is making photographs, mosaics, or artists’ books. Or studying Italian. She directed the 2011 and 2012 magazine programs and taught in the 2013 program in Urbino.
Contacts and Information
Email: susan@westgoldeditorial.com
Web: westgoldeditorial.com
Blog: ContentWise

Photography

Dennis Chamberlin

Dennis Chamberlin

Dennis Chamberlin 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. Chamberlin taught photography in Urbino in 2009. He directed the multimedia program and taught photography in Urbino in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Contacts and Information
Email: dennisch@iastate.edu
Web: http://www.jlmc.iastate.edu/faculty/chamberlin.shtml

Pawel Wyszomirski

Pawel Wyszomirski

Pawel Wyszomirski is a freelance photographer from Gdansk, Poland, and cofounder of the photo community Testigo, a collective of photographers and videographers focusing on visual journalism. He participated in the international documentary photo project that dealt with complex Polish-German relations “Wie du es siehst?” and has exhibited his work in Poland and Germany. Over the past few years he has coordinated and taught at several photography workshops and courses for students from Poland, the United States and Scandinavia. Pawel interned at Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s premier national newspaper, and currently teaches photojournalism and documentary photography at the Sopot School of Photography. He taught photography in Urbino in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Contacts and Information
Email: pawel.wyszomirski.mail@gmail.com
Blog: http://www.pawelwyszomirski.blogspot.com

Video & Web

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Steven D. Anderson, Ph.D. is a professor of converged media and the director of the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University. Prior to entering academe, Anderson was the environmental reporter and weekend weathercaster for KCNC television, a network O&O station in Denver, Colorado. He also worked as a news photographer, weathercaster and news reporter at stations in Fresno, California and Fargo, North Dakota. He is an author of a textbook entitled “Exploring Electronic Media: Chronicles & Challenges” (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing). His websites have won top awards from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA Best of Festival) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) (Best of the Web Competition). Anderson is a former President of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), the association for electronic media professors and industry professionals. He taught video and created the websites for the Urbino Project in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Contacts and Information
Email: anderssd@jmu.edu
Web: http://smad.jmu.edu/anderson.html

Video

Rustin Greene

Rustin Greene

Rustin Greene spent his first career as a television writer/producer/director, earning two Los Angeles Area EMMY awards and three Cable ACE awards. Rusty is now in his second career, teaching in James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design. Rusty continues to write and produce, and his programs have earned several awards, including a third EMMY for a NASA education program. Rusty has been a Bridgeforth Endowed Professor, and received the JMU Alumni Association 2006 Distinguished Faculty Award. Rusty has been immersed in international education for many years, directing JMU’s London Study Abroad programs for nine years, and teaching and directing programs in Florence, Montreux, Cairo, and London. He oversaw the Urbino Now Video Magazine program in 2013.

Greg Luft

Greg Luft

Greg Luft is chair of the Journalism and Technical Communication department at Colorado State University. He has a diverse career as a television news reporter and anchor; documentary, educational, and corporate video producer; freelance video journalist; teacher, and academic administrator. Luft began his career in local TV news as a general assignment and investigative reporter, and news anchor while working at television stations in Wyoming, Florida, Oklahoma and Colorado. He also became an independent producer and freelance photojournalist. Luft has worked for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, and Discovery networks, among others. His documentaries, and educational programs focusing on television writing, editing and photography, as well as journalistic behavior, have earned top awards from the Associated Press, Broadcast Education Association, National Council on Christians and Jews, and the Florida Bar Association, among others. These programs are used in classrooms at hundreds of colleges and universities worldwide. Luft also has served in leadership roles for the Broadcast Education Association, College Media Advisors, and the Colorado Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He taught video in the Urbino Program in 2012 and 2013.

Italian Language and Culture

Francesca Carducci

Francesca Carducci

Francesca Carducci received her degree in Pharmacy at the University of Urbino. She teaches English and is a lecturer (CEL) in 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 on-line and in the classroom and, after more than 20 years of living and working in Urbino, considers herself a bona fide “Urbinate.” She taught Italian language and supervised interpreters in Urbino in 2013, as she did in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Teaching Assistant

Evan Robinson

Evan Robinson

Evan Robinson is a student at James Madison University who came to Urbino for the first time in 2012. In 2013, he served as a teaching assistant for video instruction. He writes: “Coming back to Urbino has been a dream come true, again. Once again the small town of Urbino has shown me what Italy is really about (amazing food) and how lovely the people here are. I really enjoyed meeting a new group of students and making even more Italian friends. The people here have all been incredibly helpful and just a joy to work with. Piloting the new video course here has been a real challenge but the experience is one I will never forget.”

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