Welcome to International Storytelling.

You’ve landed on this site because you are interested in the International Storytelling course offered by Kent State University’s College of Communication and Information.  The previous three years of International Storytelling included two-week reporting projects in China, India and Brazil. This year’s course promises to be even more exciting with plans to take a group of students to the emerging economy of Estonia.

The course will be offered during spring semester 2014, with travel anticipated March 14-30 (spring break and the week before). The class will meet Thursday evenings all semester. We’ll spend the weeks before we leave preparing for the trip — studying the culture, considering potential stories and practicing convergence skills.  Once we get home we’ll spend the remainder of the semester publishing our finished projects on our project website.

Our home base in Estonia will be Tallinn, the capital city of this nation of 1.3 million residents. Estonia in 1991 regained its independence following nearly 50 years of Soviet occupation. Now it’s a high-tech hub (home of Skype) that still cherishes its old-world culture. Our location in the Baltics puts us across the water from Helsinki and Stockholm, so we’re already planning a ferry trip to Finland and a few days of tourism in Sweden.

The course is by application only. We want to attract the best reporters, photographers, videographers, storytellers and communicators in CCI to join us. If this describes you, fill out the short application form listed below to be considered. The two faculty members and the CCI director of International Studies will select the class from the list of applications.

The students who went to China, India and Brazil called their experiences life-changing. We anticipate similar stories from those who join us in Eastern Europe.

(Photo credit: Juan Medina/Creative Commons)