Students talking to students and sharing their international perspective is what makes the Global Media Roundtable such a unique event.
Sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the Department of Mass Communications and organized by Dr. Lisa Heinrich, in October of '08, the fourth Roundtable,"Who Controls the Media," was presented to the campus. Presenters included students from Bangladesh, Chile, China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia and Nigeria.
The Global Media Roundtable provides an opportunity to build communication bridges between students, in this case international students and those from the U.S.
It also helps to serve as a vehicle to help fulfill the vision of SCSU being a truly global university.
A graduate Mass Communications class, Ethics and Critical Analysis of Media (Mass Comm 605), was the kernel of the event. The class is made up of quite a few international students. In fall of 2006, for example the students who participated in the Roundtable spoke on the media in their native countries of Bolivia, China, Germany, India, Malaysia, Sudan, Tanzania and Taiwan.
Because the Roundtable is part of a graduate class, many of the students who participate have professional media experience, which gives them rare insight into how the media operate in their respective countries.
Each student presents a brief overview of his or her country and its media followed by a collective question-and-answer session allowing the participants to interact with audience members.
The event also serves as a way for grad students to bond with one another. After the first Roundtable in 2006, the students found the experience so valuable they volunteered their own time and organized a second Roundtable in the spring of 2007.
What has become evident with the Global Media Roundtable event is that when students learn about the world and the media from peers they tend to see each other as sharing common experience, even when their cultures and nationalities differ.
For more information contact Dr. Heinrich at Lheinrich@stcloudstate.edu