When I’m writing this blog article, I’ve been here in Salzburg for just one whole month. Not long, but enough for me to get tons of fascinating new experiences. Fannie, Claire, Roger and me, we four from Beijing Foreign Studies University arrived in a raining night, and many thanks to Bianca and Caroline for picking us up. We girls stayed our first night in a hotel. The next day, when dawn came to our window and I opened the curtains, outside were the green hills shrouded in a mist. The air was so clean and fresh, compared to Beijing’s constant hazy weather. With this first sight, I came to love this city.
Life was very new to me in the following week. For example the shops here don’t open on Sundays, however as in China, weekend is the time when shops can make money, since people usually go shopping on weekends and holidays. And here the public toilets always charge money but they all have toilet paper inside (for guys who will travel to China the next semester, I want to say that in China though nearly every public toilet is free, it needs you to take your own toilet paper when you…) The Salzburg University is not like ours as well, for there is no actual campus but separate buildings scatter around in the city. It took me one week to get the buildings and classrooms stored in my mind. Huge thanks to my buddy Lara as she helped me a lot in fitting myself into the new life here.
Last Tuesday was awesome as we came to a fieldtrip to Munich, visiting German Huffington Post and BR, a public-service television broadcaster. The newsrooms I saw were so quiet and neat, everything in good order, which were completely different from what I used to picturing. After watching the American TV series Newsroom, I thought the newsrooms in the western world would be quite busy, people running around, shouting to each other. I just wander it’s the German characteristic of rigorousness and preciseness have shaped the style of their newsroom, or the TV series actually exaggerated the fact, or maybe both of the reasons make sense? During the visit, two age numbers impressed me quite a bit. The first was at the Huffington Post, they say the team is made of staff averaged age 30. That’s quite young. I thought it may have something to do with the German Huffpost have just founded a year, and if it’s true that generally the situation of media professionals are like this (later dear Dorina told me the case is generally true of online media however in newspaper the employees tend to be older), I came to wander where could the people go when they get older? Some Austrian buddies were saying they may turn to other media fields or they obtain higher positions? Another stunning number is the audiences who watch the television news program Rundschau of BR have an average age of 60-years-old, basically grandfathers and grandmothers. So it would be very possible that this fact have an influence on producers and journalists of Rundschau when they make the shows. I worried whether this may drive the program even farther from the younger audience. During the visit, I found one thing somewhat difficult to understand: the seven-day expiry regulation of online public TV program in Europe. It says when the TV station uploads the program to the Internet they have to delete the program after 7 days, and it only works to public TV stations. Due to my lack of information of the relative laws and regulations, I found myself confused at the agreement of seven days and it seems really unfair to the public TV service. Thanks to Mr Huber’s explanation, hope I can find more answers to that regulation in Brussels.