International Journalism in Italy


 The Roman Colosseum is seen all lit up at dusk, Rome, Italy. As part of the Orvieto Study Abroad program students will take weekly field trips to Rome, Florence, Tivoli Gardens and Hadrian's Villa as part of their five-week Italian experience.

Study Abroad students Natalie Sanchez, left, Stephanie Fousse and Melissa Guz during a class visit to Venice, Italy.



 “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

Join Professor Kim Newton May 20-June 24, 2018, on an exciting session photographing in Orvieto, a dramatically beautiful city in southwestern Umbria, Italy. Located between Rome and Florence, each about an hour away, Orvieto serves as a base for this course of study. 

Application deadline is Feb. 25, 2018. Apply at

See students’ work from Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2013Summer 2014 and Summer 2015.

Students may earn 3 units in required course credit or 3 units of upper division elective credit in journalism. Students can also earn 3 units in Classics, Art, Italian, English, Communication or Astronomy. Visit for course listings.

Weekly Field Trips to

  • Rome
  • Florence
  • Tivoli (where we will visit Hadrian's Villa, the astonishing architectural project of the Emperor Hadrian, and Villa d'Este)

A 2-day field trip to one of the following destinations

  • Pastem, Pompeii, and the Vesuvio area or;
  • A Northern Italian city (usually to Milan, Padua or Venice)

All costs (transportation, admissions to sites/museums, food and lodging for the weekly field trips and the trip to the Vesuvio area and/or Northern Italy) are included in the program fee. 

Courses Offered

Photojournalism – JOUR 203

Advanced Photojournalism – JOUR 497B

Course Descriptions & Goals

JOUR203 - Photojournalism

This is an introductory digital photojournalism course. The course provides an overview of current photojournalism trends, practices and the basic skills to produce publishable images. The course will introduce a brief history of photography, basic digital imaging techniques that will include elements of lighting, composition, digital workflow, multimedia, audio collection and caption writing. Copyright and ethics issues in the digital age will also be discussed.

The course is a required course in the journalism major.

Advanced Photojournalism – JOUR 497B

This advanced photojournalism course provides an overview of current photojournalism trends and practices in the digital age. The course will give students the opportunity to refine their ability to produce publishable images by focusing on single and multiple picture coverage.

In addition, students will learn multimedia techniques used to produce audio slide shows and publish them to a blog. Multimedia processes, discussions of copyright, ethics and photographer-subject relationship issues will round out the course. The course qualifies for upper-division elective credit for journalism majors in the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona and is open to journalism majors at any university. 

Required Equipment

Required Equipment for JOUR 203: A Mac laptop, digital camera, digital audio recorder and separate microphone. Required Software: Photoshop and Final Cut Pro X 

Required Equipment for JOUR 497B: A laptop, PC or Mac, digital camera, digital audio recorder and separate microphone. Required Software: Photoshop and SoundSlides Plus. 


Professor Newton has 30 years’ experience in photojournalism, beginning as a freelance photojournalist based in Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea. He joined Reuters News Pictures in London as picture editor for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Later he joined the Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service in Washington, D.C., as senior photo editor for international news. For five years, Professor Newton traveled the globe photographing travel stories for the New York Times Sunday Travel Section.


Students live in nice, fully furnished apartments, all located in the historical district in Orvieto and within walking distance from the school.

All program costs include: tuition, housing, health insurance, field trips, and the permit of stay required by the Italian government. Approximate cost for the Summer program will be $5,500 (subject to change).

*Not included in costs: airfare, books, required equipment and software, food and spending money

The Institute is located in the central town square of Orvieto facing the Cathedral, a 14th century church considered to be one of Italy's greatest artistic treasures. The Institute is situated in a former hospital, built in the 14th century, remodeled in the 19th century, and converted to an institute and headquarters for the Orvieto Civic Foundation in 2001-2002.

Additional Information

For course information contact: Professor Kim Newton, (520) 621-5711 or by e-mail.

To begin the study abroad process, every student must attend a study abroad 101 session. Details are at:

Application information

Study Abroad Advisor Kendra Corey at: (520) 626-9273 or by e-mail.

What are students saying about last year's Orvieto adventure?

"This has been one of the best experiences in my life. Not only have I been able enhance my photojournalism skills in another country, but I have been able to learn to adapt to culture of a foreign country. After taking this class, I have also gained more appreciation for travel journalism and would consider going into that field." -- Andrew Castillo-Cockrum

"The Orvieto program was a life changing experience! I could not have dreamed of a better place to develop my photography skills because of the beautiful landscape Italy provides. Everything was so picturesque, it was a great place to experiment and try different techniques. It is so easy to be inspired with the beautiful scenery and completely different lifestyle. Orvieto was such a beautiful small town and I feel like I had the opportunity to be completely immersed in Italian culture." -- Sarah Cantey

 "Study abroad has allowed me to live my dream. Since I was a kid, I always wanted to go to Italy and I did just that. I went to Italy and saw things that I've only ever dreamed about: the Colosseum, the cobblestone streets and the architecture is phenomenal and so much more. Of course I was able to eat authentic Italian food everyday! As far as photography goes, I improved, and I know that the surroundings helped with that. It's weird, you can't not have great pictures because Italy is beautiful and the atmosphere is just as cheesy as we believe it to be. No matter where you are at in life, study abroad will help you grow, whether it be socially, academically, culturally or personally. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made and I know I would go back in a heartbeat." -- Stephanie Fousse

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