Food Media, Communication and Trends – Study Abroad Course

For Students in Film, Media, Communication and Journalism

You still have a few weeks to apply to this fantastic course for students in film, media, communication and journalism. If you want to put yourself to the challenge and work as video reporter and documentary filmmaker, this is the summer course for you. Here is a short description:

Food Media, Communication and Trends (3-CREDIT) Course
Food Media, Communication and Trends is a course taught in English at GLi, Institute for Food Studies. This course focuses on the intersection between food and media, a connection that has elicited much interest in communication studies over the past few years.

Food has become a hot topic on TV, the internet and printed media. The goal of this course is to enhance the students’ competence both on the subject matter and in the practical skills necessary to produce good communication about food and wine. This multi-faceted course gives students a solid foundation in understanding Italy’s unique media environment as well as the opportunity to utilize Rome (and Italy) as a living laboratory for producing a final portfolio of journalistic writings.

Students will be able to take advantage of hands-on practice with different kinds of media, including digital video. Students will  work with professionals and complete an original video  project: a video documentary or a video report about a food event.  An important part of the course is the ethnographic research that students undertake to construct the narrative of their video product. Shooting and editing sessions are included as well a final screening during a public event in Rome. Guest lecturers include local and international journalists, writers, bloggers and documentary filmmakers. No prerequisites.

Some of the  videos  created by the students in past programs can be found at:

This course is part of the Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer 2015 program is a 5-week program that takes place from May 18- June 20, 2015 in Rome, Italy

The 2015 Milan Expo hosted in Milan, Italy from May 1 to October 31, 2015 provides a great opportunity to be in Italy and to work in the field. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.

A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation for a sustainable future, Expo 2015 will give everyone the opportunity to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries. See Expo initiatives regarding food and media at: 

If you need more credits, you can select from the other courses provided in the program, or we can work with you on an internship or independent study.

Some scholarships are available.

If you have any questions, or to request an application, please write to

Best regards,




for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Food Studies Programs

office phone: + 39 06.68804073 – 06.83087975

fax: + 39 06.92912046

130, Via Giulia

00186, Rome, Italy

About The Author

I'm a faculty member in Communication & Journalism at the University of Wyoming. At UW, I have taught online journalism, advanced new media, introduction to mass media, politics and media, and alternative media. At Ohio State, where I got my PhD, I taught research methods, news reporting and writing, visual communication, and persuasion. My reserach focuses on political communication, emerging media platforms, and entertainment media. In my spare time, I love to play with my daughters, hang out with my family, cook, hike, jog, read, and blog.