By: Meaghan Meachem, EJA Professor
Lyndon State College’s Electronic Journalism Arts department has had a partnership with Xi’An International Studies Universities since former Professor Dan Williams spent a year teaching there as a Fulbright Scholar in 2012.
For the last two years, 10 students from XISU and one faculty member have come to Lyndon for a three week Journalism Residency exchange program.
This program has been designed to allow Chinese students to experience what Lyndon EJA students get to experience every day; experiential education in its best form.
This year’s group of students has spent their time attending classes, sightseeing, and most importantly, learning what it’s like to be a journalist in the Vermont Center for Community Journalism. Our student reporters, photographers, producers and directors have allowed our guests to shadow them in the field which has allowed these international journalists to learn what storytelling is all about in the United States.
It’s safe to say they’ve learned a lot in the three weeks they’ve been here. And while we will be saying goodbye to them this weekend, we know that the experiences they’ve had have been life changing.