Who are you?
My name is Elise, I'm 23 and I was born in Zutphen. We moved around a lot when I was young, so I got to discover a lot of the Netherlands. When I was looking at universities, I wanted to go to 'the big city' and went to study Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). We learned a lot about the media there, and it prompted me to go into journalism. Alongside my studies, I tried to visit as many television recording sessions and studios as possible. I also had the opportunity to work at a radio station in the technical and production departments. These experiences made me feel more adventurous; I decided I wanted to study abroad for a semester. Eventually, I was invited to spend a semester studying Sociology, Politics and Media at Sciences Po in Paris. That helped me grow up and become more independent. That's why I'd recommend everyone to spend some time abroad. If one thing's for sure, it's that France gained a permanent place in my heart.
Why do you study Journalism?
In my Communication Science programme, I heard about a lot of theories to do with how the media works. We also looked at how consumers view media output and how this influences consumer behaviour. I learned how to deal with the media as a communication advisor, which is something I'm benefiting from enormously now, because as a journalist I'll have to be able to see through the narratives created by communications departments.
I had lots of opportunities to shadow news cameramen, and the idea of working as a journalist really excited me. Through these opportunities, I learned a lot about how a news item is recorded and what's involved in that. I felt right at home and was able to come up with more and more ideas for camera shots. I quickly realized I wanted to do more with this, and a Master's degree in Journalism was the answer.
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