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The Cagli Media Project
Institute for Education
in International Media
Andrew Ciofalo, Director

About the Cagli Media Project

Video of the Cagli Program from 2006 by Dan Garrity

Cagli, a town of 15,000 people, nestles on the eastern slopes of Italy's Apennine Mountains on the ancient Via Flaminia in the little known Marche region of Italy . The Adriatic beaches of Fano* are a 40-minute bus ride away, and the town offers upscale shopping, a gem of an opera house, a weekly street market, numerous cafes and restaurants, mountain hiking, a modern fitness center, bike rentals, excellent medical care, two hotels and river swimming. Students share apartments in the central old town.

Cagli’s history dates back over 2,000 years. It was an important Roman stronghold in 295 BC, guarding the pass that connected Rome to the Adriatic ports. Due to its strategic location, various Italian nobles warred to control it throughout medieval and Renaissance history, finally being destroyed in 1287. Rebuilt in 1289, that is the city one sees today.

The Program

Join a team of media professionals creating a web documentary on the town of Cagli, Italy…and get a taste of being a foreign correspondent. Earn 6 communication credits from Temple University that you can transfer back to your home campus. Any college student in good standing may apply regardless of major.

Cagli Archives

Cagli Media Project students have been writing stories, taking photos and producing videos for more than four years. Check out some of our previous work.

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The Faculty

Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz (M.A. Communications, West Virginia University, B.S. Computer Science, Ohio University) is the Chief Information Officer and Director of Production for JesuitNET, a consortium of the Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States. Cindy’s passion for production began in high school, writing and producing annual Christmas plays for the local elementary schools. She produced one of the first International Teleconferences Bridging the Gap: Education and Industry as part of a High Technology grant in 1989. In the late 1990s, she worked with NASA to produce several online courses and communication campaigns for their commercialization project, including a three-part teleconferencing series, Technology Transfer in Action. In her time with the Jesuit colleges, she has helped launch new online programs that span several disciplines. Her passion for story-telling has evolved as technology has evolved -- keeping her on the “bleeding” edge. Bonfini taught Web design in Cagli in 2006. You can find more information about Cindy at http://www.jesuit.net/cbonfini/.
John Caputo (Gonzaga) earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School and University Center. He has been teaching communication courses for more than 30 years. His areas of expertise include media and social values, communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication. He is the author of four books: Dimensions of Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Communicating Effectively: Linking Thought and Expression; and McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture. Dr. Caputo has been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and the Masters Program in Media and Communication at the Universita de Firenze, Italy. He is veteran faculty member from past Cagli programs.
Giovanni Caputo received his degree in communication and fine arts from Gonzaga University and did his graduate studies in education at the Evergreen State College. Aside from teaching in Italy, Giovanni has spent time teaching at various levels inthe French public school system. Back in the U.S., Giovanni works as a French translator and graphic designer. Giovanni’s academic interests include journalism, short story writing and storytelling. In addition to teaching a course on journaling in last year’s Cagli program, Giovanni was the editor of the Cronaca di Cagli, an online news and information blog created for the program.
Andrew Ciofalo (MSJ, Columbia University) is Professor of Communication/ Journalism at Loyola College (Md.) where he arrived in 1983 to found what is now The Communication Department. He is the author and director of the college’s Cagli Program in International Reporting which every summer since 2002 has sent undergraduates to participate in The Cagli Media Project, an on-going multi-media web documentary on a small Italian town (http://www.CagliProject.com). In keeping with his interest in experiential learning, he is the founder of Apprentice House Press, a student-run book publishing company at Loyola College (http://www. ApprenticeHouse.com). He teaches courses in Travel Writing, Book Publishing, Magazine Publishing, Magazine Writing, and Opinion Writing. Most recently he has founded The Institute for Education in International Media, an independent organization that sponsors Cagli-style media projects abroad.
Judy Dobler - Dr. Dobler (Ciofalo) has been on the Communication Department faculty at Loyola College (Md.) since its inception. Immediately after earning her doctorate ar the University of Iowa, she came to Loyola to play a significant role in the college’s ground-breaking Writing-Across-the-Curriculum, which was funded by a major national grant. In addition to specializing in the teaching of essay writing, she heads the department’s Empirical Rhetoric program, which gives qualified entering freshmen opportunities to do more advanced writing. Dr. Dobler also chairs the college’s Gender Studies Program. Her academic research agenda focuses on the development and use of metaphor in early scientific writing, an interest that is expressed in one of her courses, “Translating the Secrets of Science”. Dr. Dobler was instrumental in the shaping of the Cagli program during her stint on the faculty during its inaugural year.
Dan Garrity (MA Communication Leadership, Gonzaga University) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Director of the Broadcast Studies Program at Gonzaga University. Dan has an extensive background in professional broadcasting. His first job was in 1980 as a DJ at a radio station in Flagstaff, Arizona. His television resume includes stints as an anchor/reporter at KLST in San Angelo, Texas, and at KREM in Spokane. He also was a reporter at KING in Seattle, then embarked on a career in television newsroom management in which he served as Managing Editor at the CBS and NBC affiliates in Spokane. Garrity also taught video for the 2006 Camerano Project.
Susan Jacobson (PhD, New York University) is a full-time faculty member in the Dept. of Journalism at Temple University. She teaches courses in audio-visual newsgathering, Web journalism, design for journliasts and student portfolio preparation. Her projects include an original hypertextual video project Countless Stories, which has been exhibited at the Streaming Cinema Festival, Digital Video Expo and other venues. She has also conducted several community webcasting projects in Phildelphia and New York City, working with organizations like Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway, ComedySportz Philadelphia, and the Fluid Nightclub in Philadelphia. Professor Jacobson received a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida, an M.P.S from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, and a PhD in Arts and Humanities at NYU.
Rachele Kanigel (MSJ Columbia University) is an assistant professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where she advises Golden Gate [X]press publications. Her students produce a weekly newspaper, a multimedia Web siteupdated daily and a magazine that comes out three times a semester. She also teaches Newswriting, Reporting, the Contemporary Magazine and Magazine Editing. She was a newspaper reporter for 15 years for daily newspapers, including The Oakland Tribune and The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina, and was a freelance correspondent for TIME magazine. She has also written for Health, Organic Style, People, Reader’s Digest, Prevention and other national magazines. In 2006 she was named California Journalism Educator of the Year (Four-Year Division) by the California Journalism Education Coalition. Her book. The Student Newspaper Survival Guide, was published by Blackwell Publishing in 2006.
Simona Londei is a native of Urbino, Italy. She has studied language and worked in the United States, Great Britain and Germany. In the U.S., she taught Italian language and grammar at the University of Tennessee.
David Maialetti (C.C. of Philadelphia) is a staff photographer with the Philadelphia Daily News. Before joining the Daily News in 1997, he worked at the Press Enterprise newspaper in Bloomsburg, Pa. Maialetti is the director of Philadelphia Conference, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of photojournalism. He is a former president of the Pennsylvania Press Photographers Association. Currently teaches the Introduction to Photojournalism course at Community College of Philadelphia. He is a 1989 graduate of Temple University’s School of Communications.
Douglas Mine was most recently senior editorfor Agencia EFE, the Spanish news agency, directing coverage of South America from their Miami office. Most of his career has been with The Associated Press as a foreign correspondent covering El Salvador, Central America, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. He has done stints as a foreign desk editor for the AP in New York. He has written two books including a novel, “Champions of the World,” published by Simon and Schuster in 1988. Mine, who is fluent in Italian and Spanish, earned his B.A. in anthropology from Cornell University. Mine is relocating to Acqualagna, Italy, just outside of Cagli in the Marche region, giving the Cagli Project its first permanent presence on the ground in Italy.
Father Bruno Segatta has practiced the study and mastery of art since earning his degree from Northridge University in 1982. In the autumn of that year, Father Bruno began his tenure at Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy as Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs. Here he instructedpainting, drawing, design and the licate techniques of fresco. Inspired by his surroundings, he specializes in portraying the Florence and Tuscany landscpaes utilizing an abstract style with emphasis on color and line. The revenue generated by his work is used for student life in Florence and also donated to the Niambani House for Kids orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya; a place of comfort for children stricken with AIDS.