Scripps students study abroad in Leipzig
By Erin Roberts
ATHENS, Ohio (June 20, 2013)—Fourteen students from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the School of Communication Studies in the Scripps College of Communication traveled to Leipzig, Germany, May 14 through June 7 for a study abroad program focusing on travel journalism and cross-cultural communication.
“Travel at the Crossroads of Europe: Communicating Culture and Place” was co-directed by Dr. Mirit Shoham, of the School of Communication Studies, and Dr. Kevin Grieves, of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Students learned about how various places and cultures are promoted through communication of identity.
“Leipzig has a rich history and long tradition of arts and literature,” Grieves said about the location. “At the same time, the city is very vibrant and forward-looking. This programs provides a great opportunity for students to explore the intsection of travel, culture, communication, and local European and global influences, while experiencing this city at the crossroads of Europe. “
The completed course earned students six credit hours from the classes Cross-Cultural Communication and International Mass Media. In addition to researching, reporting and writing, students worked with students at the University of Leipzig on the student radio station.
“One of the highlights of the program, in my view, is the collaboration between our students and University of Leipzig students that results in a jointly produced live radio program,” Grieves said. “The program aired on Mephisto, the student-run radio station, and was heard by listeners across the Leipzig area. It's a great experience in working across cultural lines towards a common goal. We have an opportunity to learn from each other, and to bring back inspiration and new ideas that emerged from the collaboration. Those new ideas can enhance our journalistic work here at home.”
To read firsthand accounts from the students, visit the group’s blog at www.borderlessbobcats.com.