Beginning my freshman year at UGA, I knew right away that I wanted to study abroad. The weekend before classes started, the Office of Global Engagement hosted a study abroad fair, and I found out about this unique summer opportunity and applied immediately after.
Travel Writing, or in my case Travel Journalism, is a program through the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia, during which students take either a Maymester or Junemester in a country of the professor’s choosing in order to learn the ins and outs of travel reporting. My professor, Professor Dodie Cantrell, was absolutely amazing, and I am so glad I learned from her so quickly after my freshman year.
The class itself was fairly simple: learn the basics of travel journalism through doing. The first assignment we had was a smaller article, more like a listicle, focusing on various travel attractions in Munich. I wrote mine on various film attractions in Munich.
The rest of the course and visit was spent concentrating on our long-form assignment and news package. I had never really filmed anything before this trip, and while there are definitely things I would change about the video now, I’m really proud of what I was able to pull off. Calling people and conducting many interviews in German when I needed to, confronting my awkwardness in front of the camera (to some degree of success), and dealing with the EU privacy laws passing the day before my package was due (yes those clips are intentionally blurred), all of it really just made me a better storyteller and professional inquirer.
This experience also gave me an idea of a career path I was passionate about. Before this summer, I knew that I enjoyed studying languages and culture in addition to my curriculum in the journalism school, but I had no idea how they could or would overlap. Reporting on the film and television industry in Munich (and speaking more to my professor) made me realize two things: 1) I am passionate about all kinds of storytelling, and language and culture is a part of that for me, and 2) there is a need for a transnational approach to media and distribution, which is what I’m most passionate about now.
Click the image for my article and look below for my news package!
I honestly have so many amazing memories from Munich (and our weekends spent in Nürnberg and Salzburg), and I would love to go back to the city some day!
This course explores a range of techniques that travel journalists use to discover and verify information—the “journalism as science” approach. This course will also explore a range of techniques that travel journalists use to tell stories and engage the reader—the “journalism as art” approach.
Students will live, study, and report in and around the European city of Munich.
During this course, you will:
- Learn the craft of travel writing
- Come to a greater understanding of the historical significance of many sites around Munich, Germany
- Build a multi-media portfolio
- Spend your days doing intense reporting and relaxing in nearby bistros, coffee houses, and cafes.
- Have the opportunity to travel in nearby European countries
(from 2019’s program advertisement)