Chicago Heights , IL—(ENEWSPF)— Prairie State College (PSC) student Ivy Green recently spent 10 days in Australia learning about Australian journalism and absorbing local culture.
Green, a resident of University Park, was among an elite group of 72 students from the United States selected to participate in the International Scholar Laureate Program.
Through her travels, Green gained a greater global understanding of how journalism is practiced, visiting television stations and newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney.
“There are no censorship rules in Australia, which brings a different flavor to the evening news,” said Green. “Words that are banned on American television are said on Australian television like they are no big deal.”
Green also learned more about the importance of diversity in the media, something she said she would pay particular attention to when she serves as editor-in-chief of the PSC Student Messenger, PSC’s student newspaper.
“In today’s world, we can all benefit from keeping up on international news,” said Green. “Prairie State College has a lot of students that represent all different cultures, and I want to be sure to include something for them in the student newspaper.”
Green expects to graduate from PSC next May. She wants to transfer to Columbia College to major in journalism. Eventually, she would like to start her own magazine to publish young writers.
“After meeting many aspiring journalists like myself, I see the importance of giving them a creative outlet,” said Green. “The people I met and the overall experience was life changing.”
The International Scholar Laureate Program gives scholars a head start toward achieving career goals through study in cities throughout Australia, Central and Eastern Europe, China, India, and South Africa. The scholar delegations represent diverse fields, including archeology, business, engineering, journalism, medicine, music, nursing, and technology.