Most people in the United States don’t think about journalism in the Caribbean region.
Dr. Juliette Storr isn’t most people.
The associate professor of communications at Penn State Beaver has a special connection to journalism in the Caribbean.
Storr, who is from the Bahamas, worked as both a broadcast journalist and newspaper reporter in her country before she came to Penn State.
With that background, Storr’s research has focused on how influential cultures such as those of the United States and the United Kingdom have affected smaller media systems in the Caribbean region.
Storr attended the University of Windsor in Canada at age 16 for her undergraduate degree, and she received her master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Despite joking about always winding up in cold climates, she wasn’t finished with winter when Ohio University offered her a scholarship to get her doctorate.
Storr thought she’d finally escaped the cold when she took a job teaching at North Carolina State University, but an offer from Penn State brought her back north in the fall of 2005.
Both her academic and work experiences have given Storr a unique perspective in the classroom, and she tries to expose students to different cultures, something she knows can’t always be done through class lecture notes or textbooks.
For her Intercultural Communications class last year, Storr took her students on a weeklong trip to Trinidad and Tobago to give them a taste of what being in another culture is really like.
Storr said she would like to see more students at Penn State Beaver exposed to different cultures. One way this can happen, she said, is through the campus’ plan to recruit international students, who can then share their culture with students here.
Most students are willing to experience different cultures, she said. I think students are, on the surface, more open.”
Originally written by Matt Jones '10 for the Penn State Beaver Nittany News alumni magazine, Spring 2011.