Kathy Bradshaw at the headquarters of RTL television, Germany’s largest commercial network
BRADSHAW FELLOWSHIP TURNS LENS ON GERMAN DEMOCRACY, HISTORY
Dr. Kathy Bradshaw, Department of Journalism and Public Relations, left the United States for Germany in June as the U.S. was gearing up for a major expression of its democracy, the conventions where each political party chooses its nominee for president.
She arrived in Germany at a portentous moment there as well, when the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union was looming and Germany was absorbed in integrating the more than 1 million Syrian and other refugees it had accepted into its society. She found some striking differences in the way each country conceived of its democracy and how each puts it into practice, she said.
Bradshaw made the two-week visit to Germany and Belgium as a RIAS Berlin Kommission Fellow. She was the only academic among 11 other American journalists from around the country and from public and commercial networks. “It was a diverse group in race, gender, age and country of origin,” she said. The news organizations they represented ranged from a small station in Las Cruces, N.M., to the TV news giant CNN. One of their stops was the headquarters of RTL television, Germany’s largest commercial network.