The rapid development of mass media is recently marked by the use of technologies to support the profession of journalism. This is a significant phenomenon in communications area that needs to be studied continuously. One of various ways to understand the development of mass media is by visiting other countries and get different perspective.
Eight students of Communication Science Department, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta went to Technische Universität Ilmenau Germany to learn about media industry in Germany for two weeks, from April 27 to May 8, 2015.
“In cooperation with Technische Universität Ilmenau, we sent students to improve the competence of students, to open the horizons about the media industry in Germany as well as internship opportunities for students in Germany,” said Dr. MC Ninik Sri fortune M.Si, dean of FISIP UAJY (11/5/2015).
In Germany, the students learnt about Mass Media Management and Media Relations and PR. They also visited and interviewed practitioners in the Office of Media Erfurt as well as the Museum of Communication in Berlin. The event ended with a dinner with the German Ambassador, Fauzi Bowo, in Berlin.
This program brings positive impact to students as indicated in their testimonials. “I wish to do internship in Germany. This study visit opened my network for internships in Erfurt News Agency,” said Agnes Ullina Pangestu, one of the participants. Another student, Aditya, admitted that this program really sharpen his knowledge, especially in broadcasting journalism. “Media in German is supported by technology from journalism to digital media. The technologies are very sophisticated. It is interesting to know that they try to keep the old broadcast equipments in the museum as part of history,” he said excitedly.