In less than a month, I will be going to Costa Rica through a study abroad program from the Missouri School of Journalism. As an aspiring broadcast journalist, I expect to cover a variety of topics in the country. I also expect to do at least one story per day of the trip, if not more. This is an opportunity for me to be out in the field learning not only about Costa Rica, but about how field reporting works. I also expect to learn how journalism/media works in a country outside the United States.
As a broadcast journalist, I hope to put together videos for most of my stories along with a web version. At the minimum, I will have pictures to accompany a web version of my story.
While it doesn’t seem like there will be a lot of free time, I hope to at least get half a day to explore Costa Rica outside of a journalism role. I feel that journalists are limited by the objective nature of their work and I want to be able to experience something without being “restricted”.
I am looking forward to actually getting in the field and getting started. Learning about Costa Rice through documents and videos is important, but I don’t think anything can substitute being there in person.