by Maggie Krueger
In the heart of Ghana’s capital city, Accra, the “Media, Society and Governance” study abroad program will focus on “specialized journalism,” the relationship between the media and government, cross-cultural immersion, and coping with limited necessities to achieve a better understanding of a complex global reality. For more information, please attend the informational sessions on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 P.M. in Scripps 108 or Thursday, September 19th at 4:00 P.M. in Sing Tao Room 101.
Based at the African University College of Communication in Accra, within minutes of all major media organizations in Ghana, students will have the opportunity to work closely with radio stations, TV stations, two newspapers, two advertising/PR firms, and with a non-governmental organization (NGO).
In the course of this three-and-a-half-week program, students will earn four credit hours, with the option of satisfying a Journalism Capstone requirement (JOUR 4870) or Tier III requirement (JOUR 4660) for non-journalism majors. Unlike most study abroad experiences, students participating in the program will not immediately pay Ohio University tuition fees for the course credit they earn, but the 4-credit hours earned during the study abroad to Ghana will count towards the total credit hours required in spring 2014. Therefore, tuition fees will be billed with the spring semester course load. Additionally, housing, breakfast, and dinner costs daily are included within the program fee.
Students will learn coalition-building, cross cultural communication, and problem-solving skills as they apprentice with local journalists and collaborate with local university students. Students will also interact with a variety of Ghanaians through field newsgathering, news conferences, and documentary production while producing an e-magazine and television documentary.
“Media, Society and Governance” will run from late December until early January. All applications are due Friday, September 27th . For additional information and application forms check out the OU Education Abroad program profile or contact Dr. Yusuf Kalyango (email@example.com).
Program highlights include:
- Travel around Ghana to Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Tamale, Manpong, and other sites
- Visit to Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine and interview traditional healers
- Tour of Kakum Forest Park (Canopy Walkway)
- Tour of Elmina Castle
- Visit and interview Regional Governor and Asantehene, King of Ashanti
- Visit to Tamale Centre for National Culture and Tamale market
- Produce documentary in Kumasi