Why would you specialise in the EU?

 

Want to become the next reporter based in Brussels? Maybe standing on the sidelines, when Donald Tusk delivers a press conference on the situation in Ukraine? Or report on the next actions from the ministers on the Euro crisis? Then ‘Europe in the World’ is exactly the programme for you.

For one year, you dig deeper into European affairs by living and studying in two countries, travelling to various European locations and producing a variety of journalistic products.

The first six months you are based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Here you will concentrate on how Brussels is organized and functions; giving you the theoretical framework for your journalistic profession. You will learn about European politics, economy, culture and identity and relevant policies and legislation and use this in the practical workshop ‘Reporting Europe’, where you produce web-based news articles and analysis.

 

“My Europe in the World experience has opened many international possibilities to me and that’s exactly what I was aiming for when I signed up for the programme” – Kinia Adamczyk, Canada

 

Often, the EU is regarded by the public as boring, bureaucratic and complicated. This makes it even more difficult to sell Europe to the readers; however, this is exactly the key focus in the newsroom. How can you seduce your reader to take an interest in European affairs? Every week you will work on how to pitch, interview and write both news articles and features. Also, if you wish there is a chance to become a news editor, or web site developer within the class. The academic outcome will be translate into a number of study trips during the six months; the major one is in Brussels, where you get to see the European Commission, Parliament, EU-correspondents, press officers and lobbyists.

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Field trip to the Ruhr-area in Germany, © Tomas van der Heijden

After Utrecht, you move to Aarhus, Denmark, where the perspective of the programme will broaden. Instead of focusing solely on Europe, the series of lectures in ‘World Politics’ will teach you international relations and how to analyse the foreign policy of powers like the U.S., Germany, BRICS and China. From studying policies of the world’s major players, the course will be focused on how foreign policy is made and how it has changed. Of course, the main focus will be how the EU acts accordingly on the international stage. You will cover everything from Putin to the BRICS, while learning tools of storytelling on the way.

 

“During the programme I learned to dig deep into complex matters, but still find the one story that will interest the reader. For me, the course paid off soon as I could sell my final exam stories about Chernobyl to both Dutch and Danish newspapers” – Bram Peeters, The Netherlands.

 

After this, the course gets even more practical. For one month you will travel to European countries and produce journalism on the ground, using your skills as a soon-to-be journalist. Former students have travelled to destinations such as Portugal, Serbia and Greece. This will result in a website and magazine production, called the ‘Euroviews’. See former productions see http://www.dmjx.dk/international/studies-english/europe-world/students-work.

Finally, the programme in Aarhus will end with a main production; the final exam project, which is defended at an official oral exam. You can choose your own theme and media for the project and of course, travel for your story.

The ‘Europe in the World’ programme is a BA programme, first launched back in 1990 between the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus and University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht. Each year in September about 20 students from different countries join the advanced course to focus on European journalism. Also, if you are interested you can do an honours level of Europe in the World.

The course offers an international outlook, focusing on journalism. However, former students are employed both within the more traditional journalism sector as newspapers, broadcasting or freelancers, but others have also found work within the European Commission and communication bureaus, just to mention some of your career possibilities.

 

Young people drinking in front of the European Parliament

Young people having a drink in front of the European Parliament, © Kasper Goethals & Coen van de Ven