Leipzig visitor helps Scripps strengthen international connections
Robert Ritzow of Leipzig University in Germany is in Athens for a little over two weeks as a guest of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. During his stay, Ritzow is presenting several guest lectures, meeting with students and faculty, and observing student work at WOUB. Scripps has a long-standing relationship with Leipzig University’s broadcast program.
Ritzow is the programming director of mephisto 97.6, the student radio station of Leipzig University. In addition to administrative and fundraising duties, he oversees training and coaching of the student journalists who work for the station’s news operation. Ritzow is also an instructor in the Institute for Communication and Media Sciences at Leipzig University (the equivalent of the Scripps College of Communication at OU). He has more than a decade of experience in broadcasting. He has worked for national and regional radio and television in Germany, reporting, writing and anchoring.
This isn’t Ritzow’s first exposure to broadcast journalism in the U.S. In 2007, he was selected to participate in the RIAS fellowship program, which brings select German broadcast journalists to the United States to meet with government and media leaders as well as working journalists. During that visit, he met Kevin Grieves, who is now an assistant professor in the School of Journalism. Grieves will travel to Leipzig this summer for a similar visit; he will lecture to students there and observe the work of students at mephisto radio.
The exchange is not just a chance to teach students about each other’s media system, but is also an opportunity for faculty to exchange ideas about new directions in broadcast journalism education. Grieves says both sides can benefit from this type of connection, and he hopes the exchange will inject new energy into an already strong relationship between the two programs.
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