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PC professor to tell tales from Fulbright experience


Peninsula College journalism professor Rich Riski has plenty to share with his journalism students and community residents about the role of media in other parts of the world and he will do so on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Peninsula College’s Studium Generale program.

Riski’s presentation, entitled “Trespassing in Azerbaijan: Fulbright Knows No Bounds,” begins at 12:35 p.m. in the Little Theater on the main campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The presentation is based on his experiences as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Baku, Azerbaijan.

During November and December 2012, Riski spent seven weeks in Baku as a Fulbright Visiting Professor in Communications and Journalism at the Caucus School of Journalism and Media Management. His assignment was to teach mass communications and news writing and reporting to students studying at the master’s degree level. All of them were experienced journalists and were or had been employed in state broadcasting jobs or by state-owned publications and newspapers. He also was expected to get them out of the classroom and onto the street, so they could learn how to put theory into action by conducting spontaneous, onsite interviews with people.

In his Studium presentation, Riski shares how he worked with his students, some of the experiences he had and his reflections on some of the most basic differences between journalism in the United States and elsewhere.

Riski has been a journalism associate professor at Peninsula College for five years and served as adjunct faculty for more than 10 years. He is on the editorial board of the Newspaper Research Journal and formerly worked as general assignment reporter and photographer for the Peninsula Daily News.

For more than nine years he has advised The Buccaneer, the college’s award-winning student newspaper, and arranged for visits from three Pulitzer Prize winners, an Overseas Press Club publisher and multiple authors to the Peninsula College campus.

Riski was named Outstanding Graduate Student 2004 in the Department of Journalism at the University of Memphis, where he completed his master’s degree.

For information on other upcoming events, visit the college website at www.pencol.edu or see www.facebook.com/PeninsulaCollege.
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