If you want international experience as a journalist – Missouri Method kind of experience, i.e. the real deal – then you should think about our China Open program. Not only is it cheap – the $2,750 program fee includes the flight and housing – it'll give you solid international experience as a journalist. What prospective employer, whether locally or internationally, won't look favorably on two weeks spent covering sports halfway across the world?
China Open is a tennis tournament held every year in China, and if you go, you'll find stories daily about a tennis player you will be assigned to. You will be published in no less than three places – Beijing Youth Daily, CCTV Channel 5, and the China Open website.
The benefits of the experience are pretty clear, we think. But what about having some fun? Once you're on the opposite side of the planet you'll also want to see some sites and go out with your new-found friends.
So, what is there in Beijing?
Let's start with a few basic facts. First, you should know that Beijing has a population of almost 20 million. That's a third of the entire population of France, all in one city. It also happens to be the capital of China. The first walled city appeared there in the 11th century BCE – making Beijing a city over 3,000 years old.
What about sights? Being such an old and important city, Beijing is full of historically and culturally significant things to see. Before you learn any more, I recommend taking a look at this terrific slide show. It'll give you a visual idea of the kind of world you'll be immersed in for two weeks. As you can see, Beijing has a lot to offer – from exotic food to beautiful architecture and more.
For your reading pleasure:
For a brief overview of what to do and see, check out this Travel and Leisure article. It'll give you a primer on Beijing.
Then, take a look at this site. Top three attractions: 1) The Forbidden City 2) The Great Wall of China 3) Tiananmen Square. Enough said...
If your folks are worried about safety, direct them to this government site on China. And then check out this site for a thorough background on Chinese history, economy, government, and more.
And, most importantly, make sure to apply by May 1. Can't wait to see those applications!
by Fedor Zarkhin