by Robert Stewart, Director; Professor
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could go to Europe and produce a radio program that hundreds of thousands of listeners could hear?
More than a dozen of our journalism students did just that! And now they’re on the way home after wrapping up a study abroad program with our partner program in Germany, the University of Leipzig.
Students in the program, taught by Prof. Kevin Grieves in the school as well as Mirit Shoham, formerly with the School of Communication Studies, teamed up with German students to produce a radio show that aired on mephisto 97.6, Leipzig’s student radio station. The program can be heard here: American Invasion at mephisto 97.6!
The show features “a whole range of topics, everything from U.S. and German perspectives on gay marriage and the death penalty to American companies doing business here in Leipzig,” according to Grieves.
Students in the program also posted stories on a special blog site, Borderless Bobcats. With headlines such as Stop, Collaborate and Listen, or Journalism and getting out of your “comfort zone,” you can tell that the experience included a lot of growing. Which is, of course, the point of study abroad. Getting out of your comfort zone. Collaborating with journalism students from other countries. And then sharing what you’ve learned.