United Kingdom: Journalism & Contemporary Media

Arts and Social Change

Travel to England to develop your journalism and media skills, from news and sports broadcasting to film production, while exploring famous sites as you travel from London to Liverpool.

DEPARTURE

July 5, 2018

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Peace, Politics, & Human Rights

Art

Physical Activity

Homestay

Program Description

Your Experiment begins in London, where you will discover major landmarks, such as Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster (home of the British Parliament), and Buckingham Palace. Begin your media training with a visit to the British Film Institute, then start to develop your filmmaking, interviewing, and presentation skills. You will take part in discussions and workshops on rules and ethics in journalism; the role of the press, including accountability and politics; privacy, regulations, and freedom of speech; the effects of social media; and living in the era of “fake news.” You will participate in numerous journalism projects and receive expert training from creative writers and members of the press.

Depart London for Southport, where you will immerse yourself in daily British life during your homestay. You can practice your public speaking skills as you interview a Member of Parliament, actors at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and local celebrities during day trips. Draw inspiration as you?travel to Liverpool to visit The Beatles Story museum, and Manchester to tour British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) studios, one of the world’s top news sources, where you will practice giving your own report. Continue traveling to Chelsea to learn about specific facets of broadcasting, such as sports media, as you visit the Chelsea Football Club. You will continue meeting with journalists and other field experts during debates and visits to local TV stations.

Perfect your skills during hands-on activities, such as creating your own newspaper or animated short film while you travel to meet your new host family in Worcester. You will present your film, newspaper, photo, and writing creations before returning to London for final reflection and exploration.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Prerequisite:

None

Dates:

July 5, 2018 - August 3, 2018 (4 weeks)

Program Fee:

$6,490.00

(does not include airfare)
Group Airfare Cost:

$1,170.00

Depart/Return City:

New York

Orientation:

London, 2-3 days

Homestay:

Southport and Worcester*, 11-12 days

Other Accommodations:

Hostels, dorms

Sample Itinerary

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    Days 1-3

    Orientation in London

    • Learn about the history and culture of the United Kingdom
    • Get to know other members of your group during activities and group discussions
    • Visit famous sites and museums throughout the city such as Big Ben, Trafalgar Square & The British Film Institute
    • Learn how to navigate London and explore different neighborhoods in the city
    • During the orientation period, you and your group will either stay in university housing or a hostel
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    Day 4-8

    Thematic Component

    • Meet with members of a local youth media charity
    • Take introductory workshops on media ethics and interview skills
    • Work on media project alongside local youth to present a local news bulletin
    • Visit Chelsea Football Club to learn about the business of football and sports media
    • During this period, you and your group will either stay in university housing or a hostel
  •  
    Day 9-21

    Homestay in Southport

    • Become immersed in the daily lives of an English family and community
    • Explore your host community and the surrounding area
    • Go on an excursion to Liverpool and visit the Beatles Museum
    • Go on an excursion to Manchester and tour the BBC studios

    Thematic Component

    • Attend workshops related to film, theatre, and writing
    • Meet and talk to members of the media and policymakers
    • Work on a media campaign project for a local charity
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    Day 22-24

    Thematic component in Bradford

    • Become acquainted with the city of Bradford.
    • Visit the National Media Museum for an interactive workshops on media technology.
    • Learn to play cricket with local teens and practice sports reporting.
    • During this period you will either stay in a hotel or a hostel.
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    Day 25-27

    Homestay in Worcester

    • Stay with a local English family
    • Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare
    • Practice interviewing skills with actors at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
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    Day 28

    Transfer to London

    • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program
    • During this period you and your group will either stay in university housing or a hostel
  •  
    Day 29

    Departure

Itinerary is subject to change.

Past Group Leaders

  • Jen Fowler

    Jen Fowler is an enginist (engineer + artist) committed to using her formal training in writing and broadcasting to raise the volume of global voices. A graduate of The New School (BA Journalism) and a proud New Yorker, Jen is on loan to Alexandria, Virginia working towards her MSW in Trauma Counseling. She currently works as a citizenship instructor, immigration rights advocate, and Veteran rights advocate. Jen is thrilled to be a return-leader for The Experiment and looks forward to another summer working with inspiring young leaders! When not traveling, she spends her time backstage in Broadway theaters, listening to NPR, and eating frosting out of the can.

Pre-departure Documents