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About the Cagli Media Project


Photograph by Michael Williams     

    The town of Cagli nestles on the eastern slopes of Italy's Apennine Mountains on the
    ancient Via Flaminia in the little known Marche region of Italy.

The Program

The Institue for Education in International Media is a study abroad program directed by Prof. Andrew Ciofalo of Loyola University and supported by Marquette University, which offers academic credit to students who successfully complete the program.

Content on this site is produced by students working in collaborative teams mentored by professional journalists and educators and is the result of intensive, immersive education in the theories and techniques of multimedia storytelling. Now in its eigth year, the program has maintain its focus on the convergence of media and the importance of cultural awareness in the effective reporting and presentation of journalistic stories about the communities is which it resides.

In 2008, the program returned to Cagli, Italy, a town of 15,000 people.

The Adriatic beaches of Fano are a 40-minute bus ride away, and the town offers upscale shopping, a gem of an opera house, a weekly street market, numerous cafes and restaurants, mountain hiking, a modern fitness center, bike rentals, excellent medical care, two hotels and river swimming. Students share apartments in the central old town.

Cagli’s history dates back over 2,000 years. It was an important Roman stronghold in 295 BC, guarding the pass that connected Rome to the Adriatic ports. Due to its strategic location, various Italian nobles warred to control it throughout medieval and Renaissance history, finally being destroyed in 1287. Rebuilt in 1289, that is the city one sees today.

The Faculty


John Caputo (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School and University Center) has been teaching communication courses for more than 30 years.

His areas of expertise include media and social values, communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication. He is the author of four books: Dimensions of Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Communicating Effectively: Linking Thought and Expression; and McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture.

Dr. Caputo has been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and the Masters Program in Media and Communication at the Universita de Firenze, Italy. He is veteran faculty member from past Cagli programs.


Giovanni Caputo received his degree in communication and fine arts from Gonzaga University and did his graduate studies in education at the Evergreen State College. Aside from teaching in Italy, Giovanni has spent time teaching at various levels inthe French public school system.

In the U.S., Giovanni works as a French translator and graphic designer. Giovanni’s academic interests include journalism, short story writing and storytelling. In addition to teaching a course on journaling in last year’s Cagli program, Giovanni was the editor of the Cronaca di Cagli, an news and information blog created for the program.


Andrew Ciofalo (MSJ, Columbia University) is Professor of Communication/ Journalism at Loyola College (Md.) where he arrived in 1983 to found what is now The Communication Department.

He is the author and director of the college’s Cagli Program in International Reporting which every summer since 2002 has sent undergraduates to participate in The Cagli Media Project, an on-going multi-media web documentary on a small Italian town (

In keeping with his interest in experiential learning, he is the founder of Apprentice House Press, a student-run book publishing company at Loyola College (http://www.

He teaches courses in Travel Writing, Book Publishing, Magazine Publishing, Magazine Writing, and Opinion Writing. Most recently he has founded The Institute for Education in International Media, an independent organization that sponsors Cagli-style media projects abroad.


Judy Dobler (Ph.D. Iowa) - Dr. Dobler (Ciofalo) has been on the Communication Department faculty at Loyola College (Md.) since its inception. Immediately after earning her doctorate ar the University of Iowa, she came to Loyola to play a significant role in the college’s ground-breaking Writing-Across-the-Curriculum, which was funded by a major national grant.

In addition to teaching essay writing, she heads the Empirical Rhetoric program, which gives qualified entering freshmen opportunities to do more advanced writing.

Dr. Dobler also chairs the college’s Gender Studies Program. Her academic research agenda focuses on the development and use of metaphor in early scientific writing, an interest that is expressed in one of her courses, “Translating the Secrets of Science”. Dr. Dobler was instrumental in the shaping of the Cagli program during her stint on the faculty during its inaugural year.


Dan Garrity (MA Communication Leadership, Gonzaga University) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Director of the Broadcast Studies Program at Gonzaga University.

Dan has an extensive background in professional broadcasting. His first job was in 1980 as a DJ at a radio station in Flagstaff, Arizona. His television resume includes stints as an anchor/reporter at KLST in San Angelo, Texas, and at KREM in Spokane.

He also was a reporter at KING in Seattle, then embarked on a career in television newsroom management in which he served as Managing Editor at the CBS and NBC affiliates in Spokane. Garrity also taught video for the 2006 Camerano Project.



Kerry Luft has been the Chicago Tribune's associate managing editor/foreign news since April 2006. In that capacity he oversees the work of 10 foreign correspondents deployed around the world, and the work of many of the Tribune's reporters on temporary assignments overseas.

He previously has served as foreign editor, national editor, sports editor for enterprise and suburban editor, among other positions. From 1994 to 1996 he was a foreign correspondent based in South America.

He joined the Tribune as a college intern in 1985, and has won the paper's Beck award for foreign reporting and its Johnrae Earl award for excellence in editing. He frequently lectures on global journalism at Northwestern University, his alma mater.


Bob Marshall is a staff writer and editor for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans whose work has earned two Pulitzer Prizes. A 1971 graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, Marshall’s 35-year career includes extensive work as a reporter and columnist covering professional, college and Olympics sports, outdoors, feature writing, op-ed columns, and special projects series specializing in environmental issues, as well as television, radio and magazines. Marshall most recently put together a series entitled "Last Chance" which won the prestigious John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism.


David Maialetti (C.C. of Philadelphia) is a staff photographer with the Philadelphia Daily News. Before joining the Daily News in 1997, he worked at the Press Enterprise newspaper in Bloomsburg, Pa.

Maialetti is the director of Philadelphia Conference, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of photojournalism. He is a former president of the Pennsylvania Press Photographers Association.

Currently teaches the Introduction to Photojournalism course at Community College of Philadelphia. He is a 1989 graduate of Temple University’s School of Communications.



Michael Williams (MSJ, Kansas) is an associate professor of interactive media and the chair of the News-Information sequence of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. 

He has been a tenured faculty member at the University of Maryland at College Park, the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, where he was also the director of graduate studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also been a visiting professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee and Ural State University in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Williams began his professional journalism career as a staff photographer for the Salem (Ore.) Statesman-Journal where he was later promoted to Photo Director. He has also been the Graphics Director at the Albuquerque Tribune, Assistant Managing Editor at the Clarion-Ledger and Jackson Daily News in Mississippi, and Director of Internet Development for Kalmbach Publishing Company, in Milwaukee, Wisc. There he was founding editor of, publisher of and oversaw the development of web sites for other Kalmbach publications.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Williams has done extensive visual communication work throughout the U.S., Europe and Russia.


Father Bruno Segatta has practiced the study and mastery of art since earning his degree from Northridge University in 1982. In the autumn of that year, Father Bruno began his tenure at Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy as Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs. Here he instructed painting, drawing, design and the licate techniques of fresco.

Inspired by his surroundings, he specializes in portraying the Florence and Tuscany landscpaes utilizing an abstract style with emphasis on color and line. The revenue generated by his work is used for student life in Florence and also donated to the Niambani House for Kids orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya; a place of comfort for children stricken with AIDS.