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Within the month, an exciting new initiative for Journalism students around the globe will be launched. CNI, College Newsnet International, is a web-based showcase featuring the best work from the world's best students and the Communication Department has been instrumental in its development.
More than 500 educators and media professionals were introduced to CNI at the World
Journalism Education Conference at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa in July. The presentation prominently featured a film produced by Simmons College Communications graduate, Christina Lenis ('09) titled: "Voices of Ubuntu", a look at the life aspirations of some children from that community. The film is a project completed by Lenis in Professor Dan Connell's Comm 268: Human Rights in South Africa course.
CNI Founder and Managing Editor, Mary Cardaras, a former Senior Producer for CNN
World™ and prominent media educator, has pulled together professors, journalists,
videographers, documentarians and web designers to create CNI, a Youtube™-type posting site open, at no charge, to schools and student journalists everywhere.
Simmons Communications faculty members Judith Richland and Len Mailloux both serve on the CNI Board of Advisors and current Simmons student, Emily Russell is working with the web developer of CNI in a directed-study effort in preparation for this month's launch.
"The response to the CNI model was very enthusiastic", said Cardaras. Educators from schools around the world were excited at the idea of a central repository where students in all forms of communications media can get their work noticed and learn from each other. Cardaras explained that "many of the third-world schools have little access to the outside world. This will give them that access to join in the new alternative voice of journalism, a world seen through the eyes of young professionals-in-training."
CNI is accepting all print, fiction, photographs, films, radio broadcasts, documentaries and web-based content at no charge. "Students are encouraged to share their work with each other and the world", said Cardaras. She added, "This is also an excellent tool for Media Professors who wish to use select examples of other student work as a teaching tool in their own courses."