Wait – what? It’s over?!

Yes, the month has flown by, truly! Our first MSU Sports Journalism Study Abroad is now in the books. It’s going to take days, months, even maybe years, to unpack all we have done, seen, experienced, and lived through together. We learned from the professionals at Eurosport, ESPN, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, CONI,…

Rome Day 9: Final Lecture

Today we met at ACCENT for our final lecture of the inaugural MSU Sports Journalism Study Abroad. Professor Simon Martin met with us to give his lecture: Sport Italia: 150 Years of Disunity. He touched on many topics that gave us a feel for the importance and impact sport has had on politics, economics and…

Rome Day 8: Italian Diving National Championships

Today our group had the opportunity to attend the Italian National Diving Championships as guests of Michele Benedetti, an Olympic diver that spoke with our class last Friday. We beat the heat and spent the afternoon supporting Benedetti, who will be representing Italy in the 2016 Rio Olympics.  Remember John Henderson? The American sports journalist who packed up his life…

Rome Day 7: One Week!

We’ve been in Rome for one almost one week, and one week from now most of us will be back in the United States. It is truly unreal how quickly this trip has gone, and each student’s life and outlook on the world has been changed throughout this journey.  Today we spoke with John Henderson,…

Rome Day 6: Vatican!

Today we found our inner tourist, or, as our tour guide Professor Linda Nolan suggested, our inner happy place, and ventured through the Vatican Museum and Saint Peter’s Basilica. We were able to see the beautiful art while learning the history of the works and the meaning behind certain pieces. A bucket-list item for many! We made…

Rome Day 4: Castel Gandolfo and lake!

We got out of the city today, waking up early to head to the mountains and see the summer residence of the Popes – Castel Gandolfo on Lake Albano. We toured the town, and saw the Pope’s beautiful gardens. We can’t even explain how much we saw, Roman ruins, to gazebos with chandeliers, to every…

Rome Day 3: Old and new!

Rome can’t be beat for ancient history (Oh, fine….maybe a few other countries can claim some stuff too…) We toured Piazza Navona, the first sporting grounds in Rome – with our tour going from street level to below the square. Then the Trevi Fountain. Then the Pantheon. All so beautiful. In the afternoon, we got…

Day: CONI and Roma 2024

Where do we start to explain today? Simple – opportunity of a lifetime. We were invited to visit the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI in Italian) and the Roma 2024 bid committee for the day. We toured the main headquarters, which are rich with history, dating back to the Mussolini era of power. We were in…

Day 1: Hello Rome!

The game has changed. We’ve gone from rain, clouds and cold weather in Paris to the sun, blue sky and flowers of Rome. Our day was mostly consumed with travel, getting from Paris to Rome, and then into our new apartments and neighborhood. The night was capped off by a nice dinner at a local…

Last day in Paris…

And we went out with a jam-packed day. We started by meeting Jim Bittermann, CNN’s European Bureau chief based in Paris. Jim had just come off a live shot, reporting on the murder of a Paris police officer and his companion. Jim was so generous with his time, discussing journalism, how he sees France/Europe and…

Our last week in Paris – horses!

We started early in the morning, rode a nice bus 3 1/2 hours north of Paris into Normandy…to get to horse country. Haras du Pin is a famous equine/equestrian facility, dating back to the French kings in the 17th century. We toured the stables, saw the school, and probably made the horses wonder why we…

Day 11: Montmartre and other media

The hike is real! Your Fitbit is not lying when it says you did 43 flights of stairs by noon to get to the top of Paris’ biggest hill, Montmartre. We did a walking tour from the bottom to the top, wandering through the back ways and small parks learning about Paris’ famous enclave of…