Students studying abroad in Prague learn art of travel journalism

Seventeen Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication students spent the first part of their summer immersed in the Czech Republic capital of Prague, studying and practicing travel journalism and foreign correspondence.

John Greenman, professor and Carter Chair in Journalism at the Grady College, directed the Maymester study abroad program, Travel Journalism in Prague.  Carolyn Crist (ABJ ‘10, MA ‘14) served as program assistant and website manager for the 15-class-day course, which concluded on June 3.    

Students gained hands-on journalism experience by completing four assignments. Early in the course, their story ideas were coached by six Prague-based journalists.

“One piece is a destination guide, based on 36 hours in Prague if … with the students deciding the suffixes,” Greenman said.  With the addition of entries like “If you love the thrift hunt” and “If you like underground music,” the 2014 class built upon the online archive started by the 2013 class.

“The other piece is issue oriented, modeling the work of parachute-type foreign correspondents,” Greenman said. For that assignment, students covered topics ranging from LGBT intolerance to national beer consumption to differing views on graffiti.

Students were also tasked with writing a book review and app/gadget review for traveling in Prague.

Names of the students who participated in the 2014 program and links to their work appear below.

Natalie Adams, sophomore, magazines
Rachel Brannon, junior, journalism
Brianna Chambers, senior, magazines
Melanie Chandler, freshman, journalism
Cara Lynn Clarkson, junior, digital broadcast
Ann Drinkard, sophomore, digital broadcast
Daniel Funke, freshman, journalism
Andrew James, senior, digital broadcast
Katilin Kent, senior, journalism
Meg Mitchell, junior, advertising
Emilly Mitchem, sophomore, public relations
Christina Montford, senior, journalism
Katy Roberts, senior, journalism
Danimarie Roselle, junior, journalism
Ashley Rosenberg, junior, digital broadcast
Lauren Taylor, junior, journalism
Morgan Weeks, junior, digital broadcast

Travel Journalism is the lowest-cost study abroad program the college offers. This year, seven participants benefited from $1,000 need-based scholarships funded by Greenman’s endowment.

To learn more about this and other Grady College study abroad opportunities, visit

Date: June 4, 2014
Author:  Stephanie Moreno,
Contact:  John Greenman,