Yes! I’m here and I’m doing this! I wanted this so bad… an opportunity to interact with journalists and media professionals on a daily basis in Germany. To see if i could really fit in, the workload and generally… the journalism world abroad. There’s a saying that goes… Believe you deserve it and the universe will serve it! Nothing can ever beat this quote because it runs deep!
NDR is an abbreviation for Norddeutscher Rundfunk… the biggest in North Germany. It’s a reputable media house that runs several radio and Tv stations and an Online department. Getting the opportunity to be affiliated with such a big, renowned brand was and will always be a big deal… a dream come true!
The Summer school has been running for 3 consecutive years and we were the third group; its main aim is to give aspiring journalists or people with media background, who have immigration status an outlook on what professional journalism is all about in Germany… NDR to be precise.
I sent my application on a saturday afternoon as soon as I saw the advert on Facebook. That was a day after the deadline. Luckily, I still got selected to be part of this years Summer School… better late than never!
The Summer school has been exciting! Alongside 13 other colleagues, all with immigration backgrounds, I’ve learned so much! Conducting an interview, Editing with professional and high-end softwares, everything to do with production; both Radio and TV not forgetting online content creation… just to mention a few! We even got voice training from a professional… Ulrike. The 2 weeks were so intense with daily programes running from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Exhausting but totally worth every second.
In the 2 weeks each participant got free accommodation (lunch and dinner inclusive) and train tickets. One time I had to leave for a few hours for a job interview, one of our amazing facilitator Jörg, handed me train tickets for the trip. Although the trip was solely for my own benefit and interest. I mean he didn’t have to do it. I was both surprised and touched in equal measure by his kind gesture. Indeed no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.
Having had the chance to be on radio and listening to myself thereafter, I’m unstoppable now! Don’t get me wrong, I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Media Technology but my university had no infrastructure comparable to what I’ve seen at NDR! This has been like heaven on earth for me and an eye opener.
I’m forever very grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of something so beautiful and purposeful. I got to meet award-winning journalists like Andreas Cichowicz, top NDR management and amazing staff members! Our chef was particularly amazing… haha (I’m a foodie)
To the brains behind the Summer School, our facilitator; Jörg, Regina, Andreas, Andy, Andrea, Hilke and Ulrike…Thank you for being there for us all through the Summer School 2018. Your guidance meant so much. The Hanover Stadts tour was very educative and totally cool. Thanks Jörg for organizing it.
As I walk out of the NDR Hanover premises, I’m a very happy person, but above all; I walk out more confident, motivated, inspired and well equipped for greater things ahead. I leave with the knowledge that I can do anything I set my mind on with the right tools, team and guidance.
To my 13 colleagues; it was great meeting you all and working together. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Cheers!
Zitat: No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid –Lupita Nyongo.