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Five journalists from African countries and Haiti visit KUT

KUT hosted a group of foreign journalists through the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and GlobalAustin last week.

Five radio journalists and producers – from Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, Uganda and the Republic of South Sudan – spent Friday morning, May 20, here at the KUT Public Media Studios learning about public radio, KUT’s reporting and production practices, and how we use social media to connect with our audiences.

Senior Editor Ben Philpott, Online Reporter/Producer Andrew Weber and Producer Rebecca McInroy participated in this cross-cultural exchange sharing insights on using multimedia, collaborating across disciplines on stories, discussing the rise of podcasts and monitoring web traffic.

KUT was one of several stops in Austin, including the School of Journalism, Entercom and more. The group visited media organizations in Seattle earlier in the week and travels to New York City this week before returning home to their respective countries.

Haiti's Carel Pedre works the board with KUT's Rebecca McInroy while Josephine Olum of the Republic of South Sudan observes.

We hope they got to enjoy some Tex-Mex or BBQ before heading to the Big Apple!

Each year the Department of State organizes meetings and opportunities for cross-cultural sharing for international dignitaries. Topics range from agriculture to zoning to media and bring in emerging leaders from government, non-profits, academia, journalism and the private sector. The program has been in existence since after WWII with famous alumni including: Gordon Brown, Queen 'Mamohato Seeiso, Tony Blair, Anwar Sadat, Margaret Thatcher, Nicolas Sarkozy, Hamid Karzai, Indira Gandhi, Felipe Calderón and Mikheil Saakashvili.

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