The Department of Contemporary Media & Journalism at the University of South Dakota hosted a visiting delegation of journalists from Suriname, Sept. 10-12.
The journalists traveled from Suriname, located in northern South America, to learn more about American journalism culture. While at USD, they attended several media classes, toured the Al Neuharth Media Center, met with Coyote News staff and students at The Volante, and participated in a South Dakotans for Open Government presentation and discussion 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, prior to the visit. "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 spent 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, was 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."