Tour guide Ursula  leads Point Park students through Salzburg streets.
Berlin Wall, East Side Gallery.
Students and faculty traveled to many destinations by public transportation. Here they wait for a train in Munich.
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by Michelle Graessle Black leather seats. The cool smoothness of a steering wheel in eager hands. The tenacious purr of a hand crafted engine. Jaw-dropping design that would leave Leonardo Da Vinci in awe. This machine belongs in one place: on the road. The classic image of a sleek BMW is only slightly altered for… [Continue Reading]

A series in the BMW museum.

by Michelle Graessle The barely full tour bus hit every bump in the unfamiliar road with little regard to its travel-worn passengers as it made its way toward the city. This particular bus was not immune to typical characteristics of other buses. The smell was stale and the air slightly stagnant. Seemingly unsuspectingly, this bus… [Continue Reading]

The Brandenburg Gate is a cultural and historical icon. 
(photo by Alexa Blanchard)

by Connor Mulvaney “I think somebody said ‘if you want to make a statement, send a letter,’” said Nick Hermanns, curator of the Fotogalerie im Blauen Haus in Munich. “Photography isn’t about having a message. This is just showing how somebody sees a special part of the world.” Hermanns not only curates his own gallery… [Continue Reading]

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by Connor Mulvaney Chief photographer of the Deutsche Presse-Agentur Michael Kappeler believes taking one good photograph is all you need to market news photos. “Before in the print world, we tried [to get] one good photo which tells the whole story, but now that’s changing,” said Kappeler. Today in the digital world, photographers are able… [Continue Reading]

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by Carson Allwes Point Park University’s International Media class arrived in Munich on Friday from the airport and straight into a tour of Germany’s third largest city. Tour guide Arnoud Beck provided a bus tour from the airport to the hotel. Beck pointed out key points such as the Autobahn, the highway in Germany famous… [Continue Reading]

The Glockenspiel towers over Marienplatz. 
(photo by Carson Allwes)

by Carson Allwes Point Park International Media class’ final media visit was to Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest quality newspapers in Germany. Süddeutsche Zeitung was the first free national paper in Germany. It reaches about one and half million people and is a Monday to Saturday paper. It depends partly on subscribers and single… [Continue Reading]

Suddeutsche Zeitung features a broadsheet layout. 
(photo by Carson Allwes)
The Students observe the love locks placed on the Markarsteg Bridge in Salzburg Austria.

by Johnie Freiwald On their fourth day in Berlin, Point Park students and faculty visited the public television network Zweites Deustches Fernsehen or ZDF. They were awake bright and early to walk to the station with their tour guide because the day held something special: They were ready to be part of the studio audience… [Continue Reading]

Wulf and his co-host chat with musical act Frida Gold

by Katie Pflug Berlin, Germany’s Topography of Terror historic site is set on what used to be the site of the Reich Security Main office, but it is now a complex where visitors can learn more about the history of the Holocaust and the Nazi reign in Germany. Even though National Socialist terror was planned… [Continue Reading]

A wall at the Topography of Terrors museum reads 'Madness'.

by Marina Weis The deceptive words, arbeit macht frei, or, labor makes you free, welcomed thousands of prisoners as they made their way through the entryway into the Dachau concentration camp in Germany. Now weeds grow over the rusted barbed wire that surrounds a large courtyard plagued with an eerie emptiness. Songbirds pierce the silence… [Continue Reading]

Jewish Memorial at Dachau Concentration Camp

by Marina Weis Everyone thought journalist Axel Springer was crazy when he built his publishing house on the west side of Berlin during World War II. A few days later, the Berlin wall was built right beside it. But Springer had faith that Germany would be reunited and his headquarters would be in the center… [Continue Reading]

Exterior of Axel Springer

by Johnie Freiwald Point Park University students and faculty visited Salzburg, Austria, on Sunday, May 19, on a side trip as part of this year’s International Media class.  Salzburg has a rich history of musically talented people.  The students dodged raindrops to see the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and where the famous singing Von… [Continue Reading]

Lovelocks on the Makarsteg Bridge.

by Sara Tallerico Dr. Elfriede Fürsich, a visiting professor at Freie Universitat in Berlin, specializes in issues of media globalization and journalism. Her lecture, “German Media During World War II” offered visiting Point Park students an insight on how German media structure originated. Fürsich’s lecture featured various prominent figures in German media that allowed students… [Continue Reading]

Dr. Elfriede Fürsich speaks to the group during a walking tour of Freie Universitat 
(photo by Alexa Blanchard)

by Katie Pflug Isabella Schopp, who works in public relations for the Munich Tourism Office, really knows her facts about the third biggest city in Germany and was not shy to share them with Point Park University’s International Media class. Munich, known as the “all around city,” is home to 1.4 million people.  That number… [Continue Reading]

Isabella Schopp gives a presentation at the Munich Tourism Office.

German Culture

The Brandenburg Gate is a cultural and historical icon. 
(photo by Alexa Blanchard)

Touring Berlin

by Michelle Graessle The barely full tour bus hit every bump in the unfamiliar road with little regard to its travel-worn passengers as it made its way toward the city. This particular bus was not immune to typical characteristics of other buses. The smell was stale and the air slightly stagnant. Seemingly unsuspectingly, this bus […]

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Fotogalerie im Blauen Haus

by Connor Mulvaney “I think somebody said ‘if you want to make a statement, send a letter,’” said Nick Hermanns, curator of the Fotogalerie im Blauen Haus in Munich. “Photography isn’t about having a message. This is just showing how somebody sees a special part of the world.” Hermanns not only curates his own gallery […]

The Glockenspiel towers over Marienplatz. 
(photo by Carson Allwes)

Pittsburgh, meet Munich

by Carson Allwes Point Park University’s International Media class arrived in Munich on Friday from the airport and straight into a tour of Germany’s third largest city. Tour guide Arnoud Beck provided a bus tour from the airport to the hotel. Beck pointed out key points such as the Autobahn, the highway in Germany famous […]

German Media

A series in the BMW museum.

BMW and the power of innovation

by Michelle Graessle Black leather seats. The cool smoothness of a steering wheel in eager hands. The tenacious purr of a hand crafted engine. Jaw-dropping design that would leave Leonardo Da Vinci in awe. This machine belongs in one place: on the road. The classic image of a sleek BMW is only slightly altered for […]

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DPA’s classic news in a modern world

by Connor Mulvaney Chief photographer of the Deutsche Presse-Agentur Michael Kappeler believes taking one good photograph is all you need to market news photos. “Before in the print world, we tried [to get] one good photo which tells the whole story, but now that’s changing,” said Kappeler. Today in the digital world, photographers are able […]

Suddeutsche Zeitung features a broadsheet layout. 
(photo by Carson Allwes)

An Overview of Süddeutsche Zeitung

by Carson Allwes Point Park International Media class’ final media visit was to Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest quality newspapers in Germany. Süddeutsche Zeitung was the first free national paper in Germany. It reaches about one and half million people and is a Monday to Saturday paper. It depends partly on subscribers and single […]

Blogs

Printing Presses at Süddeutsche Zeitung

Day Eleven

Our last day in Munich has been a really long one.  We started the day off with a visit to Ketchum-Pleon Munich, a PR agency.  We had the opportunity to speak to a few brilliant people.  They showed us some of their work, which was quite witty and hilarious. We wrapped up our visit and […]

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Day Ten

Today we ventured off to BMW for our first media visit in quite a few days.  BMW is such a huge company, so I was really excited to see how they ran.  We arrived at BMW and my jaw dropped at how huge and modern their buildings were.   I couldn’t wait to get inside. […]

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Day Nine

Today was the day I have been looking forward to the most: Neuschwanstein Castle.  We took yet another two hour train ride through the beautiful country side of Germany.  I swear I could stare at that landscape all day long and it could still take my breath away. We arrived at the castle and with […]

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Day Eight

Today we took a trip to Salzburg, Austria.  The train ride was two hours long.  While most of us slept, I couldn’t help but keep my eyes glued to the windows.  The scenery was absolutely gorgeous.  We got our first glimpse at the alps.  The landscape was breathtaking.  It was so picturesque, it barely seemed […]

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Day Seven

Today we visited the Dachau concentration camp.  I knew that this visit was going to be a day of mixed emotions and I was definitely right. The weather was absolutely gorgeous.  The sky was bright blue, the birds were chirping and the sun was warm on my back.  It almost made you forget where exactly […]