Foreign Interviews and World Leaders: EU-CELAC Summit

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I have learned a lot this past week and a half since I wrote about my internship, so I thought I would post an update.

Thursday I covered a story at the European Parliament. The UN presented an appeal for more money to go towards humanitarian acts in Iraq. After the presentations were over, we went to the hall and I got to conduct one-on-one interviews. My first interview was with Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq. Then, I got to interview Anthony Lake, the Executive Director of UNICEF. Lastly, I interviewed the Kurdistan Regional Government Minister for Planning, Ali Sindi. It was incredible to get to interview such high-profile people. When we got back to the office, my boss was happy and said that I got good vox-pops (soundbites). The cameraman that I was with cut the videos and I wrote the shotlist in iNews and worked on the story. It was the first real story that I did and I really enjoyed it.

Waterloo is a really big deal here in Belgium and this summer is the bicentennial. Basically, 200 years ago Napoleon was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo, which is near Brussels. Belgium is very proud of this and made a proposal to have a commemorative €2 coin in honor of the battle. Well, to make that real, all countries in the EuroZone (countries that use the Euro) would need to approve. Obviously, France wasn’t happy about it and wouldn’t approve it, so Belgium withdrew the proposal. They got around this rule by creating a €2.5 coin and a €10 coin (that is not actually valid currency) to be a collectors’ item. I went to a press conference about the new coins and then helped shoot video of the coins being made, which made for some cool sequences. This story was targeted for our French clients, so I came up with questions with one of the print interns that speaks French and then he asked them because I could not. When I got back, I wrote the story and shot list in iNews.

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This week was the EU-CELAC Summit where the heads of European and Latin American countries met for discussions. Getting into the European Council building is worse than airport security, but there was a bomb threat here while we were here yesterday, so I guess I understand why. I went out and helped cover a Mexican protest. The protestors mentioned the students that went missing and an unclean recent election as reasons why they want the EU to stop supporting the current Mexican President because they believe he is not helping Mexico’s situation. It was interesting. I conducted my first interview in a foreign language. Gracias professora Reina. The summits are a lot of rushing around to wait. It’s a lot of rushing to press conferences to hear that they are cancelled or rushing to get an interview and then waiting a long time before anything else happens. Either way, it is really cool to be here with some of the world’s top leaders.

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Journalism Is Changing, Not Dying

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This is my first week of the new semester and in my Journalism 1100 class we talked about how many people believe that journalism is a dying industry.  I can understand why some people feel this way, but they are thinking in a narrow view.  Journalism is not dead, it is just changing form.  Sure the print media may be slowing down and the traditional nightly news is becoming a little old fashion.  That is because these outlets are simply not keeping up with the times.

I think it is great that my professor is very young because he was going through all of his first steps in journalism during this changing system.  He really opened my eyes that you do not have to limit yourself in this field because there are so many possibilities.  For the longest time I have wanted to be a news anchor and I knew that it was not an easy job to snag.  Although that is still a dream of mine I have realized so many things since I have come to school.

I have always been passionate about English and writing which is what first led me to join newspaper in high school.  Creating this blog helped me rekindle my love for critically thinking about the world and writing down my take on so many different interests that I have.  I truly can see my career going in so many different directions and I think that is the way upcoming journalists need to think.

Some industries are dying, but with the rise of the internet age there are so many more opportunities to get your voice heard.  I truly believe that my generation of journalists are going to reinvent something that Americans seem to be losing faith in.