ABSTRACT

Three areas of significant learning for presenters are described in this chapter. One is the cultural significance of their exposure whereby students connect with the people and institutions that exist on the periphery of their society, beyond the mainstream of their encounters. In their interactions, students come in contact with the people and institutions that comprise the major domestic problem issues of our time. Second is the personal significance whereby students begin to see their lives and problems in a wider context. Problems regarding their own family, friends, jobs, money and other matters may be viewed in a less isolated, more global manner when compared with the people and situations they encounter. Matters such as physical strength, freedom of movement, freedom of choice and economic ease perhaps not taken so for granted while deprivations taking other forms may be seen in a more realistic light. Third is the informational significance of student exposure. Working in these settings and seeing from the inside, students obtain more knowledge and consequent understanding of contemporary issues and stories in the news.