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March 14, 2008

Students going to Paris


Alex SkovCourtney CrainJournalism Club and Tyger Tawk are sending students to Paris. Alex Skov and Courtney Crain, members of both clubs, will be representing Cowley College at the International Media Seminar at the American University in Paris March 23-28.

They will attend seminars, sit in on panels, tour the sites and learn about French culture, international media; and network with people involved in all forms of the media. Skov and Crain will be meeting with students from other colleges and universities around the country with like interests.

Students participated in fundraisers throughout fall and spring semesters to raise money for the trip. Some of the speakers from last year’s seminars include:

  • Harriet Welty Rochefort, Journalist and author of “French Toast” and “French Fried”.
  • Kay Rolland, Business Development Manager, The Wall Street Journal Europe. Former Publisher of “Where-Magazine—Paris.”
  • Former Paris-based chief international producer for “60 Minutes,” Barry Lando.
  • Ann and Don Morrison, formerly co-editors of Time Magazine Europe and now contributing editors for Time.  Ann Morrison was also  former Editor of Asiaweek Magazine in Hong Kong and Executive Editor of Fortune Magazine in New York. Don Morrison was the former Executive Editor of Time Magazine in Asia and Assistant Managing Editor of Time Magazine in New York
  • Lynne Platt, Chief Press and Information Officer at the US Embassy in Paris. Former press officer at US missions in Brussels, Cairo and other capitals.
  • Alan Riding,  The New York Times: Chief European Cultural Correspondent. Formerly Chief Latin American Correspondent for the New York Times.
  • Ann Swarsdon Senior European Editor, the Bloomberg  News Service and Director of their joint financial news project with the International Herald Tribune. Former Paris Bureau Chief, The Washington Post.
  • Pat Thompson, Managing Documentary Producer, the Paris Bureau Productions, and Jim Bittermann,  Senior On-Air Correspondent for Europe, CNN International and formerly Bureau Chief in Paris for ABC and for NBC Television News.
  • Eileen Bastianelli,  founding president of Milestone Media, now a senior executive at BBDO Advertising Agency in Paris.
  • George Kozolias of the American University of Paris, also a journalist with Radio France Outre-Mer and a specialist in African media.  
  • Edmondson Sonny Cole, Edison Yongai and Abdul Jalloh journalists from Sierra Leone now residing in exile in Australia.
  • Peter Barnet, Associate Professor, American University of Paris, Former Executive VP for International Advertising at Young and Rubicam and other global ad agencies
  • And many more. The seminar will include a tour of the International Herald Tribune, riverboat tour, and other local landmarks.

“It amazes me the caliber of the speakers our students get to see and query and dine with at this seminar,” Cowley College journalism instructor Meg Smith said. “They get close to some of the major movers and shakers in the media world.”