Each spring, Kent offers journalism students the opportunity to visit and work at an overseas host university where they apply their newsgathering and reporting skills while immersed in a foreign community and culture.
The current group took more than 30 hours traveling to Curitiba, Brazil last week -- the largest city in Brazil's southern region. It's an area bordered by the nations of Paraguay and Uruguay.
Since their arrival, the Ohioans have been based at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana and paired with similar students as they work to produce news stories in the Portuguese speaking country.
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In addition to their daily assignments, the Kent group works to gather photo, video and written news material to be used in an ongoing course project which is published to the school's website at the end of the semester.
In recent email communications, Kostura, who is an intern in the NewsChannel5 troubleshooting department, reported that "Brazil has been a blast" and sent pictures of the practicing college journalists in action.
He had been working on news stories involving toxic pesticide use and a Brazilian football player.
Kostura said another planned report about conditions in a local Brazilian prison had to be canceled due to security concerns after a guard at the facility was killed.
The Kent State students are scheduled to complete the study portion of their trip then travel to Rio De Janeiro for sightseeing and relaxation before returning home next week.