Student particiaptes in German journalism program

May 23, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - With the opportunity to gain first-hand insight into the German media system, establish contacts with German journalists and to increase her knowledge of European integration, University of Wisconsin-Platteville student Ceicei Shue was accepted to participate in the program Germany Today for Junior Journalists.

Organized by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations in Stuttgart, Germany, Shue will spend two weeks abroad, meeting with government officials and journalists to learn more about German government and political figures, tour a German publishing house, visit a school of journalism and participate in a number of other activities.

"We'll be visiting the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, the History of the Wall, the Federal Press and Information Office, as well as meeting with the head of the North American Desk at the Federal Foreign Office, the editor of the German edition of National Geographic and member of the Greenpeace research department," Shue said. "I believe this will be a great opportunity to learn more about international relations and how other countries view the United States."

Shue and the 19 other program participants will also meet with the chair of Studienforum in Berlin, the chair of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization of Germany and a member of the Federal Board of Bundnis 90/Die Grunen for a discussion about Germany after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Shue said not only will she benefit from the program, but feels her participation will also benefit UWP.

"I believe this is a great opportunity for me as well as for the Exponent (UWP's student newspaper) and the University to acquire international relationships with another university abroad." Shue said. "One of the universities that we'll be visiting and working with is one of the most prestigious universities for journalism that only accepts a handful of students into its program."

As one of the 20 participants chosen for the program, all expenses, with the exception of traveling to and from Germany, have been financed by the Press and Information Office of the Federal Republic of Germany in Berlin. Shue received funding for airfare from the Exponent and from the Segregated Fee Allocation Commission (SUFAC). Shue departed for the program May 16 and will return May 29.

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