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Communication Science: Political Communication
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Students Political Communication

Elena Klaas, Filip Hanka and Noon M. Idad share their experiences studying Political Communication

Elena Klaas

Elena Klaas, Germany

Why did you choose this track?
After finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Maastricht, I knew that I wanted to continue my education in the Netherlands, as I was impressed with the small-scale intensive programmes. I have played with the idea of becoming a journalist, and after studying international politics in Maastricht, I knew I wanted to combine the two. The Political Communication track at the UvA seemed like the perfect choice, as its structure is set-up for students with a range of interest such as journalism but also communications jobs in NGOs.

How has this track helped you to develop?
I have gained much insight on the interplay between the public, the media and politics. The classes are small and international, with motivated students from all over the world which leads to interesting discussions and new perspectives. A big focus lies on the future of (political) journalism both from a normative and realistic perspective, which is a highly relevant topic for anyone considering to become a journalist.

What do you plan to do in the future with what you’ve learned in the courses?
The course has given me a new perspective on the idea of working in political journalism but also introduced me to a wide range of the job possibilities such as PR work in NGOs or political campaigning. I’ve also been surprised by how much I enjoy the statistical analyses and empirical work we are doing and I am certain this knowledge and skill set will come in handy in almost any job I would like to pursue.

Filip Hanka

Filip Hanka, Czech Republic

How has this track helped you develop?
It has given me the opportunity to meet with like-minded people from around the world, which I am now fortunate to call friends. The track itself has helped me develop in many ways, above everything I would say that it forced me to read (a lot), helped me improve my English and statistical knowledge and both written and spoken argumentation skills.

What do you plan to do in the future with what you’ve learned in the courses?
I like the fact that we can look at data and take what we need from it. Also understanding how media and politicians operate and the importance of the role of journalism in societies should be useful to any PR or Public Affairs professional. I would like to use these skills in making the world at least a bit of a better place than it is now.  

What do you recommend future students of this track?
Just apply! I had very little hope in getting accepted and I applied anyway. It was one of the best decisions of my life so far. It is not always going to be easy and the amount of work can sometimes be overwhelming but all in all a great experience. Also, speaking from personal experience, once you get accepted, start looking for housing as soon as possible.  

Noon M. Imad

Noon M. Imad, Sudan

Why did you choose this track?
I’ve always had an interest in journalism and how it is utilized in different political systems. The lecturers and seminars have truly kept up with life outside of the traditional notions of journalism and politics, and stressed that they are real, dynamic and evolving practices that can manifest anywhere and influence anything in our lives. In a time where everyone is saying journalism is dead, this track proves that it is most certainly not.

How has this track helped you develop?
This track deepens your understanding of the real-world implications of theoretical concepts of media and politics. My course mates, who come from all walks of life, were always discussing these concepts, even outside class. It became somewhat our obsession to delve into origins and outcomes of issues and how they relate to theories we’ve learned. My lecturers and my inspiring friends broadened my horizon as an academician, and more so as a person.