Patrick Döcke works at the central news-division of German Television ARD as a copy-editor and managing editor. While at the U.S., Döcke visited Washington D.C. and went to the studios of Congress. Döckevisited Marquette University as part of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RIAS) German/American Exchange Program. During his visit to Marquette, Döcke visited our journalism class and spoke a few words of encouragement to the students.
When asked about his thoughts regarding American Journalism, Döcke replied by saying, “You guys have so much time, and you also stay with the same topic for such a long time.”
With Döcke in the classroom, Herbert Lowe went over Ben Bradlee’s death with a short video about his achievements and kind words from his co-workers.
Benjamin Crowninshield, known as Ben Bradlee, was the executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. At the moment of his death, Bradlee was the vice president at-large of The Washington Post. The short video that we saw about him expressed how important Bradlee was for, not only The Washington Post, but also for the world of journalism itself. His legacy includes the publication of the Pentagon Papers and the coverage of the Watergate scandal.
It was really amazing to have such an interesting person as Döcke in our classroom discussing multiple cultural beliefs and practices that differ so much from what we are used to here. In order to better ourselves as journalists, it is of high importance to be open to multiple aspects of the world, and Döcke’s visit has certainly helped us do that. On the other hand, going over the legacy of such a famous person la Bradlee gives us an idea of what to aim for in our future, in order to know success in life.