Yeyy ! Finally, the day approached, for which, I was waiting anxiously since last six weeks! On 18th september, 2012, my day began with the velocity of a bullet. I was busy preparing and checking my journalistic stuff (digital camera, batteries, cables, etc.) and rushed towards Bonn railway station (called in German ‘Hauptbahnhof’) to catch my train for Cologne. Just a minute left from the departure, I met my Tandem partner, Vicky, we quickly jump into the train and our heart-beat’s speed was like a flying jet plane because of running too fast to catch the tain.
As a young journalist, we were so excited as we were going to participate in the world’s leading imaging fair. We reached to Cologne in half-an-hour time and proceeded towards our accommodation nearby to the main railway station. Right after stepping out from the station, I saw the famous ‘Kölner Dom’, it was so mesmerising that I was kept on looking on its tremendous architectural design for a long time, wow! Well, reaching there in the ‘backpackers’ hostel we met with our DAAD coordinator, Ms Maria, she welcomed us with a smile on her face. After refreshing ourselves, we, the all ten DAAD Reporters gathered in a meeting hall for a general introduction session. We were given away such a nice gift of beautiful bags as our ‘Press Toolkit’; and then we individually discussed our project ideas. Afterwards, in the evening, we proceeded towards the Cologne exhibition arena for having the general overview about the ‘photokina’ fair. There were dozens of journalists from different nationalities busy working on their assignments. We picked up some brochures and booklets for the information and then planned to explore the city.
The next day, we reached to the fair and saw hundreds of people keep walking along their desired companies’ booth. The cologne Exhibition Centre (Köln Messe) is so big that it has total 11 huge halls. I had walked through from one corner to another and it really took me around 2o minutes to reach at my destination. The main entrance has become centre of attraction for all that one of the digital camera has displayed a giant TV screen, people can have the photos alongwith their loved ones with such a nice background of Cologne Dom and can take the print outs from the respective booth. So, I am feeling so glad by participating in world’s leading ‘photokina’ imaging fair. I am writing these lines as one of DAAD Tandem Reporter from the Press Center of Köln Messe. Aha! this fair is really big and the Köln is gigantic enough.. I am verz excited to upload some interesting photos and videos !
The Deutsche Welle Akademie officially opened its doors to welcome their fourth consecutive batch. 29 promising media journalists from 23 different countries were selected to pursue their two-year Master’s in International Media Studies (IMS).
This program is offered by Deutsche Welle Akademie in co-operation with University of Bonn and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The unique degree program is composed to train its students to become competent journalists and prepares them for the challenging media industry, in doing so it not only gives the students the theoretical background but also practical training in the actual media environment.
At the welcome ceremony, DW Akademie Diector, Ms Gerda Meuer, congratulated all the prestigious scholarship recipients who were selected among 700 applications worldwide. She emphasised the importance of skilled media professionals in the contemporary media.
North Rhine Westfalia’s State Secretary for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media, Dr. Marc Jan Eumann, also addressing the ceremony emphasised the media development is important to solve pressing international issues. Dr. Dorthea Rüland, General Secretary for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), informed the audience that the media development in developing countries is on their priority and the cooperation with Deutsche Welle Akademie will be continued to sustain the program in the years to come. Another renowned speaker, Professor Dr. Michael Krzeminski, from Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences said that he wants to show the ropes of journalism to students. It was great to present memorable souvenir to the Program Director, Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt.
The students of International Media Studies (IMS – 2012), Deutsche Welle Academy, Bonn, paid a visit to the State Parliament of Noth Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in Düsseldorf. The group was headed by the IMS Program Director, Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt.
A breakfast in Parliament’s cafeteria was arranged followed by aguided tour inside different areas of the Parliamen,t and discussion with Dr. Hans Zinkann, spokesperson of NRW, respectively.
In a briefing session, the students were informed about the Parliament’s structure and different political parties’ role in the cabinet. Then the students had a meeting conversation with Dr. Angelica Schwall-Düren, Minister of Federal Affairs, Europe and Media. The Minister had thoroughly discussed with the students about her responsibilities in the cabinet. She gave her viewpoints on the State media working efficiency, cooperation between European Media, and about the new media.
Afterwards, the group had a visit to Media Authority of NRW region (Landesanstalt für Medien NRW), where they were warmly welcomed by the staff and Dr. Peter Widlok had briefly given presentation about his organization’s role, its working structure and briefly explained the answers of the questions. The studnts had enjoyed the lunch there and the tour ended with a little excursion to the city centre.