Learning About Media in Belgium – The University of Antwerp (1/26/15)

Following a full travel day on Sunday that took us from Lincoln via coach to St. Pancras International railway station in London, then on the high speed Eurostar through the Channel Tunnel to Brussels, and finally on a local train to the city of Antwerp, MSCM 398 spent Monday morning at the  University of Antwerp, where they attended a lecture on mass media in Belgium given by Professor Hilde Van den Bulck, Dean of the School of Political and Social Sciences and internationally recognized scholar of media.

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While Belgium’s media system is far smaller than that in the U.S., it exhibits a high degree of complexity based on the country’s complicated blending of distinct Flemish, French, and German cultures. For Belgian journalism and media, the circumstances allow for a wide variety of content to entertain and inform the nation’s population.  For public service media, the challenge is to balance these strong cultural distinctions with a sense of national service, as Hilde discussed in her lecture.

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About massmediax

Dr. Michael Huntsberger is Associate Professor in the department of Mass Communication at Linfield College. He teaches courses in electronic media production, mass communication ethics, and mass communication history, and his research focuses on public media policy and technology. He is an active member of the Broadcast Education Association and the RIPE Initiative.
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