Foreign journalists visit Hudson as guests of U.S. State DepartmentSix foreign journalists visited Hudson on Wednesday, June 20, at the end of a three-week stay in the United States sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
By: Randy Hanson, Hudson Star-Observer
Six foreign journalists visited Hudson on Wednesday, June 20, at the end of a three-week stay in the United States sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
The guests, all leading journalists in their home countries, met with Hudson School District officials, city officials and a group of local citizens before ending their day with an hour-long visit to the Star-Observer office.
The purpose of their trip to Hudson was to learn about local government, schools and the media in a smaller community. They had come to the Twin Cities after spending time in Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston.
Part of their overall mission was to learn about media operations and investigative journalism in the United States.
The group had previously visited offices of the Washington Post and Boston Herald newspapers, but nevertheless, was curious about the Star-Observer.
They asked questions about leading issues, circulation, advertising and the Star-Observer’s website.
Anita Petrovska, chief news editor for a television station in Macedonia, asked about corruption in local government. Told that there is little or none, Petrovska said that wasn’t the case in the visitors’ countries.
The other guests were Mashudul Haque, special correspondent for ATN News in Bangladesh; Ivan Meza, a television reporter from Costa Rica; Gopal Khanal, chief reporter for the Kantipur National Daily in Nepal; Emilia Diaz-Struck, investigative journalism coordinator for the Institute of Press and Society of Venezuela; and Constantine Chimakure, editor of the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper.
They were accompanied by guide Philip Brown of World Learning Visitor Exchange Program, the organization that arranged the tour.