I spent the last semester, as most of you know, at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark.
Despite this blog being overshadowed with stories from travelling around Europe, the best part of my exchange really was at Journalisthøjskolen, although I can’t even pronounce the name. Although I wasn’t thinking about it at the time, the professors really pushed us internationals to be better through newsroom days, on-the-spot news quizzes (much more stressful than at Carleton, especially when you don’t understand the language the newspapers are written in!), and study trips to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Strasbourg, France.
Although our assignments didn’t get letter grades, what we got was much more valuable: peer feedback, something that is crucial to the success of students, both Danish and International, at Journalisthøjskolen. After each assignment, an entire day was dedicated to critiquing each other’s work. One person would focus on a piece, then the entire class (or those who read it) would give their input, and the professor would then comment. The writer would get a chance to defend their decisions. I personally felt this really helped me with handling criticism– something I have a very hard time with. I am generally defensive about my writing, and this helped me (although I still struggle) with accepting what others have to say about my work.
Here you can find some of the pieces I did– I didn’t post everything, just the articles that I am proud of.
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