When I walked into our first class on July 15th I quickly realized that I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to research. “Modern Media and Democracy” is a broad topic, and trying to choose one aspect of a country with a history as vast as the Czech Republic’s felt close to impossible. Somehow   Read More …

Although I am very aware of (and saddened by) the little time we have left in Praha, I find my mind occasionally wandering elsewhere. It is because of the lessons the journalists here have taught me that I can’t help but to think about Egypt. From the lessons at Vyškov Military Academy to the lectures   Read More …

I have been interviewing individuals since I was a high school journalist looking to find out more about my community for Hoover High School’s Viking Views. In the last two years, I’ve taken my interviewing skills one step further and begun conducting qualitative research. The process of interviewing has remained the same, but I now   Read More …

As our time in Prague comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on my days here and marveling at all this city has to offer and everything that it truly is.  The Czech people have set their turbulent past in stone for all visiting peoples to see and experience for themselves.  From the tops   Read More …

1. People get jet lag due to lack of sleep. With four airports, multiple layovers, and an eight-hour flight over the Atlantic, my iPod was probably better prepared for this trip than I was. I decided to make a playlist with my favorite travel-themed podcasts, including “How Jet Lag Works,” from Stuff You Should Know.   Read More …

The idea of running through Prague’s cobblestone streets sounded exciting, romantic even, with cafes and flower shops lining the streets. However when I walked out the door of the Residence Lundborg, I realized I had no idea where I was headed. I pulled out my map and attempted to read it for the seventeenth time;   Read More …

Despite differences between the American and Czech mass media, the journalists whom I’ve interviewed so far have strongly agreed on one thing – that someone cannot be an informed citizen in a democratic society without journalism. The fourth branch of government “Journalism is a very vital part of democracy,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Multimedia Managing   Read More …

Social media is often a controversial topic, but the capabilities and potential these sites possess are too frequently overlooked.  Social networks have become powerful and insightful instruments for communication technologies. Social media sites have the ability to provide immediate networked communications and allow for information processing that flows seamlessly and effortlessly through continental and international   Read More …

This week our group visited Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) to learn more about the organization and the operations of it. After arriving at RFE/RL, we were given a heartier security screening than what we received at the airports coming here to Prague.  After learning just how important RFE/RL really is and how this organization affects so   Read More …

As the evening falls, I  scurry out to the road beyond Charles Bridge. I feel all the bumps and cracks of the cobblestone through the thin sneakers on my feet.  Every step reminds me to really observe what is going on before me.  The sun is shining perfectly between the tall and detailed buildings, and   Read More …

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