Modern Media and Democracy

Getting the Prague perspective

When the College of Communication and Information put out a call for two instructors and 10 students who wanted to explore “Modern Media & Democracy” in Prague during Summer 2013, it didn’t take long for an enthusiastic group to form.

After three weeks of study on KSU’s campus, taking time to look at some history, government and culture of the Czech people and beginning to explore an area of interest, the 12 from KSU visited this “Golden City of a Hundred Spires” Aug. 4 – 18, 2013. They researched topics like media coverage of the Romas, women in politics, audience trust in media and the changing face of education, and they have presented what they found in research papers and multimedia stories. They also each blogged while in Prague and shared their insights on a wide range of serious — and not always serious — topics.

They were the guests of the oldest private university in the Czech Republic, Anglo-American University and its School of Journalism. They stayed in a hotel with a view of one of the city’s most iconic landmarks – Charles Bridge – and met daily at AAU’s campus.

This group and a similar group that will study at Kent State for two weeks in January 2014 represent the first classes of the Prague Freedom Foundation’s PFF Scholars academic initiative. The formal scholarship and exchange program will fund groups like these and enable them to spend two weeks of intense study in their host countries, learning more about journalism and free speech in the global arena.

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