UC journalism students to tackle cultural issues

19 August 2013

The University of Canterbury (UC) is launching a joint New Zealand-European programme on journalism to tackle cultural misunderstanding and prejudice.

UC journalism students to tackle cultural issues

The University of Canterbury (UC) is launching a joint New Zealand-European programme on journalism to tackle cultural misunderstanding and prejudice.

UC, with the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), has won $350,000 to send 25 students to universities in Finland and Denmark for fourth-month stints over the next three years, starting in 2014. In addition, 25 students from those countries will study in New Zealand.

Flights, accommodation and living expenses of the honours-level students will be paid by Education New Zealand. The European Union will pay for the same number of European students to study in New Zealand.

The scheme, called the Inclusive Journalism Initiative, is the first co-funded initiative of Education New Zealand with the EU in professional education.

UC media and communication lecturer Dr Donald Matheson said the longer term goal was to share teaching and industry expertise in New Zealand and Europe on how to report for a rapidly changing world.

Students will learn about challenges of reporting on immigration, muliti-culturalism and ethnic difference while they learn to cope with living and studying in another country.

"University is about broadening horizons. This scheme asks students to do that by studying in a different country while also thinking about how media can help to broaden knowledge of others in society.

"The vibrancy of New Zealand’s Maori and ethnic minority media make New Zealand an appealing place to come to. For our students, the seriously global outlook of Danish and Finnish media and universities will make it an influential semester of their lives,” Matheson says.

The organisations involved are Canterbury University, AUT, the Danish School of Media and Journalism and the Swedish School of Social Science at Helsinki University.

For further information please contact:
Kip Brook
Media Consultant
Student Services and Communications
University of Canterbury
Ph: (03) 364 3325
Mobile: 027 5030 168
kip.brook@canterbury.ac.nz