Czech it out - Journalism students live blog Prague visit

When 26 Journalism students find themselves in one of Europe’s most bohemian cities there was only one way to document their stay – a live blog.

The group, a mix of single and joint honours Journalism students at De Montfort University’s Leicester Centre for Journalism, live-blogged their experiences in the Czech Republic.

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Some of the students who took part in the live blog

Videos, interviews, reviews and stories were all posted on the Leicestershire Press, a website created for the DMU Journalism students. The hashtag  #onedayinprague pulled all the coverage together and allowed people to follow the different posts on Twitter.

John Dilley, director of the LCJ, said: “There are some brilliantly inventive ideas with your individual stories and the live blog sums up what it was meant to do, showcase #onedayinprague.

“We loved the mix of stories, pictures, videos and different ways of telling a story which the students used.”

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The students were in Prague as part of a two-week visit to the Czech Republic capital, organized through #DMUglobal, DMU’s overseas student experience programme. They are staying at Charles University, one of the oldest campuses in Europe, and writing for the university’s iForum website.

Students organized video tours of artworks, wrote their own takes on tourist attractions and discovered Beatlemania was alive and well in Prague. They also, naturally, reviewed the beer.

Zofia Filipowicz, who is about to start her third year of English and Journalism, said: “My articles focused mostly on Prague's hidden gems - spots, cafes, districts, where any student or a tourist, looking to do things that are alternative to 'touristy', could head and have a good time exploring the local culture.

“I, personally, loved the incredible opportunity to have Prague all to myself for two weeks and be able to document that through writing - that has to be what I enjoyed most of all.”

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Film and Journalism student Luke Georgiades added: “It's the kind of city that will make you feel like you're doing something when really you're just sitting outside a local cafe taking in all the charming atmosphere it has to offer.”

Posted on Tuesday 23rd August 2016

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