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Read about our students' interests, travels, and ideas on the semi-official blog of the International Media program: Sutradhar's Market

International Media Students

Check out the impressive backgrounds, research interests and exciting projects of our outstanding students

Jessica Andrews, INTM '13

Jessica Andrews

Jessica is a second year MA IM candidate, interested in the role media can play in the advancement of developing nations. She did her undergrad at Arizona State University in broadcast journalism and will always be a Sun Devil for life. For her honors thesis, she chose to do a creative project and created a 30 minute documentary about the Lodestar Day Resource Center, a homeless resource center in central Phoenix. Jessica has studied in both Greece and Italy and after graduating from ASU, moved to Amsterdam and worked as an Au Pair. She was a competitive swimmer for most her life, so she loves swimming and has taught and coached swimming for eight years, including in Amsterdam. Jessica also loves traveling, like everyone in the IC/IM programs and can’t wait for her next trip. And she is still in search of the best Mexican food in DC, so if anyone knows a place, let her know!

Ginnie Seger

Ginnie Seger

Ginnie is an current International Media student, at American University. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in broadcast journalism. During her undergraduate education, she studied abroad in both Ghana and China. After completing her degree in 2008, she joined the Peace Corps where she served in Kenya as an education volunteer for deaf communities until 2011. While in the Peace Corps, she worked to create a strategic health campaign for populations who are deaf in Kenya. In the future she hopes to manage communications for a non-profit organization, with particular interest in the use of social media in the developing world.

IM Tara Ashraf

Tara Ashraf

Tara must have missed the day when a life GPS was given to each baby. Her constant twists and turns have taught her a sense of direction with many exciting zig zags. She was born in Miami, Florida, and moved to Buffalo, New York, about fourteen years ago. As she grew, so did her appreciation and admiration for languages. As an undergraduate in college, she had a triple major: Spanish, Communication/Journalism, and English, but needed how to figure out how to combine all three in a succinct way. She speaks and writes in three languages, English, Spanish, and Urdu. She is learning to speak Arabic. But her enthusiasm doesn't just cover her classes (or her love for coffee); she genuinely enjoys the activities she does outside of the classroom as well. This fall, she began a Master's Degree this past fall in International Media. She is interning at the Department of Treasury, and works on campus at the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning. While she never stops moving, she wouldn't have it any other way.

Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath

Laurin-Whitney is a first year student, studying International Media. She spent the last year serving in Palestine as part of the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission Program. In Palestine, she worked on improving a local school's communication plan and taught film, photography, and radio skills to the youth of a refugee camp in Bethlehem. Before living in Palestine, Laurin-Whitney graduated from Valparaiso University where she studied Television and Radio Production and spent a significanr amount of her time starting the campus' television station. Laurin-Whitney is most interested in how the Media plays a role in the peace process in the Middle East, specifically in Israel/Palestine.

Nagwa Abdallah

Nagwa is a second year student in the International Media Program at the School of International Service. She spent the last 7 years as senior foreign affairs editor in Al-Ahram Daily Newspaper in Egypt. She was a fellow of Reuters Institute for the Study of journalism in Oxford University in 2010-2011 Fellowship. She worked as an international affairs editor, Researcher and Reporter for a number of outlets among which, Al -Ahram Quarterly’s “Democracy Review" in which her main focus was on democracy issues internationally and internally. She has also worked for Al -Ahram El Reiady Weekly magazine, Al-Ahram Al Araby Weekly Magazine, Al -Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS). She worked also as an international affairs editor in Die Welt, German daily newspaper, in 2007 where she covered Middle East and Egyptian ongoing issues.

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Yulia Koval-Molodtsova

Yulia is a second-year International Media graduate student coming to AU through the Fulbright program. She is originally from Russia where she has worked as a Public Relations and Communications consultant for various non-profits (including UNICEF Russia, WWF Russia, dance4life Russia etc), as a research assistant for the Russian bureau of The Guardian newspaper, and as a freelance writer for several major publishing houses.  

She is a co-founder of a Russian NGO "Social Advertising Laboratory" focusing on PSAs and strategic communication for non-profits. In 2013 she has served as an expert for the World Economic Forum initiative "Creative for Good" facilitated by the Ad Council (USA).

Yulia spent her senior school year studying in Proctor, VT through the American Councils youth cultural exchange program (Future Leaders Exchange - FLEX).  She graduated from the Russian State University for Humanities (Moscow) in 2004 specializing in English literature, history and culture. During her undergraduate studies she visited Stanford University (USA) for a 2-week conference (Democratic Partners), attended various professional events in England, Germany, Poland and the U.S. 

Her professional motto inherited from her father is: “Stories keep people alive.”

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