Archive for June, 2011

Marquette Theatre Dept Goes to Cyprus: Limassol, Richard the Lion Hearted and the Sea

By Deb Krajec

The following post is written by Marquette University Theatre Arts Faculty member Debra Krajec about her first trip to Cyprus to plan for a 3 week Summer Abroad Experience for Theatre students to study and observe ancient Greek drama in performance.  She is traveling with friend, colleague, and former student James Thomas Bailey (Artistic Director of ComedySportz L.A.). Read her entire trip blog online at http://marquettetheatregoestocyprus.wordpress.com.

James Bailey with Cyprus hosts in front of Kolossi Castlen, Cyprus.

James Bailey with Cyprus hosts in front of Kolossi Castlen, Cyprus.

Our first full day here! Sunday morning  in Nicosia is HOT! I think this is going to take a bit of getting used to…hot and muggy. Have I brought the right clothes?

James’ friends Yiola & Paris Klitou pick us up for a day of sightseeing and relaxation. Yiola is an actress and a translator – she has translated for James several times, and he loves working with her because she translates his English into Greek with the same inflections and energy he uses to teach. She is lovely and fun. Husband Paris is a financial banker for Bank of Cyprus.

We drive in their car south towards the resort town of Limassol on the beach of the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea.  Again I am struck by how much Nicosia is very modern and familiar on the outskirts of the old Venetian walls in which we have our hotel.  The Cyprus countryside really reminds me of Arizona or New Mexico – hills and white rock and scrubby brush added to olive trees and evergreens. Yiola pointed out carob trees as well. There are also beautiful flowers – big bougainvillas and hibiscus. Continue reading ‘Marquette Theatre Dept Goes to Cyprus: Limassol, Richard the Lion Hearted and the Sea’

Marquette Theatre Dept Goes to Cyprus

By Deb Krajec

The following post is written by Marquette University Theatre Arts Faculty member Debra Krajec about her first trip to Cyprus to plan for a 3 week Summer Abroad Experience for Theatre students to study and observe ancient Greek drama in performance.  She is traveling with friend, colleague, and former student James Thomas Bailey (Artistic Director of ComedySportz L.A.). Read her entire trip blog online at http://marquettetheatregoestocyprus.wordpress.com.

Krajec and Bailey before their flight to Cyprus.

Krajec and Bailey before their flight to Cyprus.

We started with a bus from Milwaukee to O’Hare airport in Chicago.  Look how excited and relaxed we look.

Hour an a half to airport. We checked in at Lufthansa, and MY huge suitcase that I was sure was going to be overweight due to all the extra packets and gifts I was bringing went thru fine, but James’s second case  they said was too big and heavy to carry on, so we had to pay $50 to check it.  Grrr… had to have it, full of gifts and materials for meetings.

Had almost 3 hours until flight so we found an Italian restaurant where we sat and had a calamari appetizer (James said – “you like calamari and octopus? you’re going to do fine on Cyprus.”) and a salad, and boarded the plane we tried to get our seats changed – no go, a full flight. Sigh. Leaving @3:40 PM was different for James – he usually goes really early in AM or late at night and gets to Cyprus in the dark.  This flight might be the way we want to go in future, because we get there after lunch and can see the country. Continue reading ‘Marquette Theatre Dept Goes to Cyprus’

Welcome Urban Journalism Workshop Participants

UJW 2011 participants at work in JH 300

UJW 2011 participants at work in JH 300. Photo by Mahdi Gransberry.

This week, the Diederich College hosts our annual multimedia journalism training for high school students, the Urban Journalism Workshop.

During this two week event, we’ll be posting content generated by our visiting workshop participants on the college’s social media sites, so stay tuned for updates!

Follow the Marquette University 2011 Urban Journalism Workshop updates on Flickr and Facebook.

Old and New Media

By Steve Byers

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that we need to change our thinking about media— let’s quit talking about “old media” and “new media” because it’s just “media.” A fascinating report from the public relations field really strikes home how journalists are both relying on digital media and using it for publishing purposes, whether they are working in a print field or now.

Here are a couple of points from the report, which you should read in depth, although there is a nice summary at Crisis Comm, a thoughtful emergency management blog:

−Journalists are leaning on social media for obtaining news. The figures are startling, 47 percent of journalists get new from Twitter and 35 percent from Facebook.  I use “startling” only in the sense that we haven’t thought about this because I find myself using social media for much of my news. I do prefer blogs rather than Twitter or Facebook only because I’m a news geek who likes news in depth.

− The study reports that journalists say online channels for their news content are more important than print. Many print publications are monitoring digital postings and using their number as part of evaluation processes. Both Twitter (54 percent of journalists use it to disseminate news) and blogs (54 percent) are very popular.

Finally, a comment unrelated to the study. The growth of digital really came home to me − a journalist whose career was mostly in print with some radio/TV−when I found myself quoting an “emergency management” blog. First, I discovered it totally because of digital media. Second, I found myself valuing the information more than its source − in other words, I had total trust in the news value of information that was created for the public relations industry.

The old barriers have totally gone, at least for me.

Steve Byers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication. Read his blog from the college’s backpack journalism workshop in Cagli, Italy this summer at http://rats1.blogspot.com.