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Cultural Immersion

Posted on July 17th, 2012 by Bryanna Davis

Want to set forth on a journey to cross cultural borders? Study broadcasting! Broadcast journalism can offer international students unique, one-of-a-kind cultural immersion experiences. International students hoping to immerse themselves in American culture can do this by studying broadcast journalism. Here’s why:

What makes the news depends on the culture.
What is news? This is the most important question you will have to answer in both your broadcasting classes and when working in the newsroom. The answer will depend on who is answering the question. Perhaps an event that Europeans would consider as newsworthy is different from the American point of view. Through the news, we can see what people in our community think is important and what they want to be informed about. Watching the news in the US may be a big part of your cultural immersion.

Working in teams lets you learn about others.
In broadcasting classes, on projects and in newsrooms you will have to work in a team. Journalists must work together on many objectives, and you will learn to do this early on in your studies. Working in teams will allow you to connect with your classmates and learn from them about the American culture. Unlike other areas of study, like mathematics or science, where team work and cooperation is not always necessary, broadcast news requires a lot of communication with others, because journalists are, after all, communicators. Which leads us to our third point…

You must communicate!
In order to work in the field of broadcast journalism, you must be a good communicator. When studying abroad in journalism, you will learn to write and speak clearly and effectively. Broadcast journalists write in ways that are easily understandable by their audience. It is an informal and to-the-point form of writing, and this often requires a certain degree of cultural understanding. Broadcast journalists must know how their audience listens and speaks, so they can effectively communicate with them.

Ready for a complete cultural immersion? Find out if broadcasting is right for you and get started on your cultural journey of broadcast journalism!

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