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VIPP Hosts International Journalists Through IVLP Program

Published: Friday, 07 Dec 2018
Author: VIPP
Department: Visiting International Professional Program

From November 8th- 13th, 2018, VIPP hosted five international journalists from Malaysia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyz Republic. They were visiting the U.S. on Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). VIPP arranged a visit to WKAR - Public Media from Michigan State University and Lansing State Journal to explore the best practices in ethical reporting and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy. They also discussed recent Michigan based investigative journalism cases such as Larry Nassar and Flint Water Crisis. 

While visiting WKAR, the delegation met with Reginald Hardwick, the digital news director for WKAR Public Media and his team. They shared their work experiences and insights working for WKAR. It was mutually learning experiences for both sides to share their challenges and rewards working as journalists. Hardwick's team showed the studios and equipment where they produced their radio shows. 

Our participants visited the WKAR studio

The delegation also met with MSU School of Journalism faculty Geri Zeldes and Joe Grimm. With Professor Joe Grimm, they learned about MSU's journalism program and how he teaches writing. Grimm kindly showed his classroom where he taught how to cover and write about election. The classroom was surrounded by campaign posters. 

Grimm's classroom is covered in campaign posters

Professor Geri Zeldes was another guest speaker from MSU's School of Journalism. Zeldes has a dozen best paper awards from international communication associations, 100+ honors and screenings for her documentary films. She talked about her recent documentary about Flint Water Crisis and her personal attachment to Flint where she grew up. Zeldes directed Flint Med, a feature‐length documentary that follows medical students working in Flint. These medical students are part of a program called Leadership in Medicine for the Undeserved (LMU) and were accepted into the program for demonstrating empathy as well as a desire to serve their community.   

At Lansing State Journal, the delegation learned about another investigative journalism case: the Larry Nassar case. They discussed how Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics and MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, got away with abusing hundreds of women and girls for two decades. The Larry Nassar case is one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history. 

The participants visited Lansing State Journal to discuss multiple investigative journalism cases

The five international journalists from all over the world explored challenges and opportunities posed by social media, the promotion of a free and responsible press at the state and local levels, and university resources for media education and training. The delegation thoroughly enjoyed their stay at MSU, one of the largest and greenest campuses in the U.S.  

MSU is famous for their friendly squierrels who will come say hello to all our visitors

VIPP is proud to be a part of IVLP program. IVLP brings in current and emerging foreign leaders to the U.S., and provides short-term professional exchange programs to cultivate lasting relationships between the U.S. and international counterparts.