18 Scripps students prepare for Africa
By Heather Farr
While other students are resting their turkey-laden stomachs and preparing for a winter break of work, classes or relaxation, students from three schools in the Scripps College of Communication will begin the long journey to Zambia in southern Africa.
Thanks to the Institute for International Journalism (IIJ) in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the University of Zambia’s Department of Mass Communication, 18 students will get the opportunity to spend 24 days exploring Zambian media, government, culture, wildlife and service opportunities.
Dr. Yusuf Kalyango, journalism professor and head of the IIJ, is the program’s director. In coordination with the Ohio University Office of Education Abroad, Kalyango created the program so that students will understand what it means to be a journalist or work in a corporate or government setting in Africa.
“Students will get to speak with government officials, ministers and possibly the country’s recently elected president,” Kalyango said. “We will have two guest speakers a week from different state sectors and institutions, including military, human rights, medical, law, politics and business.”
Students will earn a total of seven credit hours, which includes a Tier III and a specialized journalism class. When not in class, participants will choose to work with the news media – including television stations, radio stations and magazines – advertising firms, public relations organizations or not-for-profit groups. According to Kalyango, the program will cover all angles of mass communication.
Each student will get the opportunity to tailor his or her internship or volunteer experience in Zambia. Senior magazine journalism major Adam Flango is most excited about doing volunteer work, while senior broadcast major Jenna Miller looks forward to working with Zambian media.
“I am very excited about my internship and making a documentary,” Miller said. “I can’t wait to get out in the field, talk to the locals and listen to their stories.”
Kalyango is most excited about the kind of students he has attracted to the program.
“I like that we have a good mix of older students who are already leaders in the university and younger students who will be the future leaders, as well as a good mix of students who have traveled abroad and students who have not” Kalyango said.
Senior communication studies major Sarah DuBois was attracted to the program because she has never been outside the country and this program offers “so much that [she] wouldn’t be able to do traveling alone.” DuBois also said that she is excited to be a part of such a diverse and prestigious group.
“I feel honored to be in a room with all of this talent and passion. I am excited to get to know the group more and to learn from each other before and during our trip,” DuBois said.
In addition to studying, interning and volunteering, students will visit several historical culture sites, such as Victoria Falls, visit a game-drive wildlife park to walk lions, ride elephants and play with cheetahs, and travel to several scenic parts of Zambia.
“We get to take classes, volunteer, intern and participate in tourist attractions,” DeBois said. “Most people won’t be able to say they have helped African orphans or walked with lions, and I’m excited to say that will be part of my life experience”
“Zambia: Media, Society and Governance” participants:
Lindsay Boyle, Online Journalism
Heather Farr, Public Relations
Lauren Nolan, Public Relations
Bethany Scott, Public Relations
Danielle Parker, Public Relations
Sarah Rice, Public Relations
Molly Nocheck, Broadcast Journalism
Bradley Parks, Broadcast Journalism
Jenna Miller, Broadcast Journalism
Amber Skorpenske, Broadcast Journalism
Adam Flango, Magazine Journalism
Brooke Bunce, Magazine Journalism
Tylah Deal, Magazine Journalism
Brenda Evans, Magazine Journalism
Rebecca Koch, Advertising
Sarah DuBois, Communication Studies
Chelsea Molder, Communication Studies
Alisha Estabrook, Visual Communications