Travel Writing and Photojournalism in Sicily
Journalism 391R


Travel Dates: March 14 - 23, 2014 (Spring Break)

Welcome to Travel Writing & Photojournalism! This 3-credit course is offered by the University of Massachusetts Journalism Major during the spring semester. Students accepted to the program meet twice weekly to study the fundamentals of travel writing and/or basic photography. They will be preparing for a 10 day travel experience to the Italian island of Sicily. During the week of Spring Break we will travel throughout the island (accompanied by professional guides) photographing and experiencing the people and the landscape. Students will also keep a reporters notebook to record their day to day impressions. Upon return, they will complete either their 10 to 15 page travel articles or, if they are in the photography section, learn to use Adobe Photoshop to produce a portfolio of 20 photographs along with their travel writing vignettes created during the trip. While preference is given to students in the Journalism major, students from all majors and the 5 colleges are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is based upon academic standing, an application essay, recommendations from faculty, and other factors.

Prospective students are required to complete an on-line application. Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

Application Deadline: October 31, 2013


UMass Program fee: $200
Travel Expenses: $1999 + ~$689* airline tax and fuel charge.
Travel package includes: airfare, all hotels and ground transportation, professional tour guides, breakfast, most lunches, and dinner each day including 4 gourmet Sicilian cuisine special events.
Not included: one lunch (see itinerary), and spending money.

*Subject to change until ticketing.