You'll spend a few days during this class in a classroom. But more often you'll be out and about in London, learning on the go.
Here's a list of some of the agencies and activities from past classes:
-- An overview lecture from a British journalism scholar at City University usually starts us off with a state of the industry lecture as well as an outline of the important news of the day and how it's being covered by working journalists in all media in the U.K.
-- A walking tour of the Fleet Street area of London with a journalist-turned-guide who helps bring to life the early years of publishing in London. While newspapers no longer reside on Fleet Street, the bustling district does afford a good look at some of the history of the icons of the industry and sets the stage for understanding its progress during the last six centuries.
-- A visit to Oxford University Press, a train ride away from London in the college town of Oxford, gives a look at how book publishing grew up in England and helped advance literacy there and in the rest of Europe.
-- Wimbledon is already alive with activity planning for its annual Grand Slam tournament while those across town at Twickenham stadium have all eyes focused on the world of soccer and rugby. In both venues, we get the grand tour of the grounds and a behind the scenes look at the planning for such auspicious sporting events.
-- A chat with the managing partner of an advertising concern, Rooster Punk, allows the chance to see an alternative way of marketing today's products, services and concerns.
-- The regulators at the Independent Press Standards Organization, Schilling Law Firm and OfCom help us understand how and why freedom of the press is not the standard in the UK as it is back home.
-- Those who work with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), CNN-London and Sky TV provide us with information about broadcasting news in the UK. Experts from SportTalk radio and LBC radio add to the broadcast media story as well. Visits to national newspapers (Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian) as well as more local newspapers (South London Press is always a favorite stop) give a good picture of how the news is covered in many different formats.
-- The CEO of the Commonwealth Games is on the list when available as is a visit with a member of Parliament to get the latest on political news from people involved in making news and shaping news on a daily basis. We also hear the common man's take on the news and its purpose from an international affairs expert.
-- And then there are the museums, churches and libraries where we see and hear from those involved in maintaining Britain's culture and history and continuing its story.
It's a busy month!