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CMJ Department at USD welcomes Suriname journalism delegation

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Department of Contemporary Media & Journalism at the University of South Dakota will host a visiting delegation of journalists from Suriname, Sept. 10-12.

The journalists are traveling from Suriname, located in northern South America, to learn more about American journalism culture. While at USD, they will attend several media classes, tour the Al Neuharth Media Center – the home of the Contemporary Media and Journalism Department, meet with Coyote News staff and students at The Volante, and participate in a South Dakotans for Open Government Presentation and discussion at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

“We are excited about the opportunity for our students to compare and contrast their culture with ours,” stated Michelle Van Maanen, chair, Contemporary Media & Journalism Department. “The delegation from Suriname will have a great deal of interaction with our student media outlets and discover that most student journalists on college campuses deal with multiple platforms on every story.”

Additionally, the journalists from Suriname will spend a day in Sioux Falls, Sept. 12, attending an Argus Leader newspaper meeting in the morning followed by an afternoon news meeting and tour at KELO-TV. A reception for the Suriname journalists, sponsored by USD, the South Dakota Broadcasters Association and the South Dakota Newspaper Association, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Paramount Lounge in Sioux Falls.

“We at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, are delighted to be sending five talented Surinamese journalists on a trip that has been long planned and is much needed, given the opportunities and challenges for media practitioners in Suriname, a former Dutch colony,” said Susan Ross, Public Affairs Officer with the U.S. Embassy at Paramaribo, Suriname. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for the Surinamese journalists to interact with American students, academics and media professionals, to discuss and learn about topics as varied as free speech, FCC regulations, digital news, media ethics, journalistic objectivity, and media law. We are hopeful that these journalists will then advise and support their colleagues in Suriname upon their return, utilizing the connections they will make in South Dakota and maintaining a broad network of cross-cultural professional connections.”

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News