Month: June 2019

  • Of Aliens, Sun Devils and Sun-Affected SUSI scholars

    LA Times building

    After four weeks in Phoenix, the SUSI scholars hit Los Angeles on Saturday, with the Arizona weather still the “hot” topic of discussion. The emblem of Arizona is the Sun Devil, for good reason: the heat is simply hideous. We were informed that we were fortunate since it’s usually hotter at this time of the […]

  • Einstein and Cronkite Meet SUSI

    Symmetrical cactus

    Time and space are relative Most of us have traveled 24 or more hours and we still arrived the same day we left our home countries. For the first few days, we woke up in the middle of the night because on a distant meridian it was already morning, and we almost fell asleep during […]

  • A Night We Will Never Forget


    This is a long blog post. If you are not interested in serious things, go directly to the Potluck part. You can find it easily near the first photo. Approaching the end of the week, we spent our last day before final presentations on understanding how online courses are conducted here at Cronkite. Three things […]

  • Does Journalism Need Surgery?

    The journalism teaching hospital The quest to save the journalism profession persists. The symptoms of its death abound; so do the theories about resuscitating it. Will it take a mere CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)? Many claim that technology and social media are the main causes, puncturing the heart of journalism practice, resulting in a fatal challenge […]

  • “While we teach, we learn”*

    I was just 24 when I started teaching at one of South Africa’s biggest universities, Wits in Johannesburg. Not only did I find myself in the big city for the first time, I was also confronted by demanding and judgmental stares of students just a few years younger than I was at the time. There […]

  • Technology Cannot Replace a Living Human Being – Touch Offers Human Contact

    Engraved ASU mission statement

    The final week at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for SUSI 2019 Scholars began with an aim to deep dive into pedagogical theories and practices at the Fulton Building on the ASU Tempe campus, with our mentor Dr. Marianne Barrett, Louise Solheim Professor. Technology vs Education “Technology cannot replace a living human […]

  • An Attempt to Become Familiar With Baseball

    SUSI scholars show their Diamondback tickets

    Sunday in Brazil is football day. From January to April the games of the State Championships take place; from May to December, it’s the matches of the Brazilian Championship. It is no wonder that the country is known for the sport, despite not having performed well in the most recent World Cups. My comments about […]

  • Field Trip

    It was 5:38 am, in a WhatsApp group. “Good morning, see you in 50 minutes behind the school 6:30 am” read the text from Alma Telibecirevic , Administrative Director for the SUSI program.  Many arrived earlier, gathered inside at Taylor Place, while others were sitting outside on the street where the bus was supposed to stop. […]

  • Phoenix, the Colorful City

    View of Phoenix from City Hall

    The beautiful city of Phoenix is in many aspects currently the fastest growing in the United States. It is the fifth biggest city in the country. Economically the city has registered massive growth; transport infrastructure has speedily developed to include the light rail and major freeways. In the last three months, additional flights have been […]

  • Our Own Private Vortex

    It would be difficult to ask this group of professionals and scholars, “Where are we meeting today?” without getting an array of mostly humorous replies. “Room 444, of course,” would be the simple answer. Far from being a 666 scenario, and still at a comfortable distance from the need for a 911-type intervention, this place […]