Saturday, February 28, 2015

Visit RFE/RL's Headquarters in Prague

Students from Point Park University visiting RFE/R's headquarters in Prague
Students from Point Park University visiting RFE/R's headquarters in Prague

Group Visits & "A Day With RFE/RL"


 Group Visits

RFE/RL's visitor program offers a rare peek behind the scenes: introductory briefings, Q&A sessions with our journalists, and a glimpse into our radio studios' broadcasting to far-flung places such as Iran, Afghanistan, or Pakistan. This program is designed for students studying journalism, political and social science, media and mass communications. 

The program is available in English, Czech, and Russian. A visit typically takes 60-90 minutes and can be tailored according to each group's interest.
There are no admission costs.

To arrange a group visit, please complete this form and e-mail it to Larisa Balanovskaya (


"A Day With RFE/RL"

A whole-day training program for journalism and communications students. "A Day With RFE/RL" features interactive experience working in small groups with our journalists, Q&A sessions, and a glimpse into broadcasting studios as they go live on the air. The agenda can be shaped according to your group's particular interests (sample agenda).

More than 2000 students from Czech and American Universities have taken part in the program. Among others RFE/RL hosted visits by Charles University; University of New York in Prague; Masaryk University; New York Univeristy; Louisiana State University; Golgate University; Point Park University - School of Communications; University of Washington. 

The program takes approximately 4 hours (11am – 3pm) and is conducted in English. Students will need to have a good working knowledge of the language to take full advantage of the program. 

If you would like to schedule "A Day With RFE/RL", please complete this form and e-mail it to Larisa Balanovskaya (


Any questions? 
Please contact Larisa Balanovskaya ( / +420 221 123 325) 
or Jana Hokuvova ( / +420 221 122 072)







Kent State University journalism and communications students learned by doing on their trip to Prague in August, 2013, by blogging about their trip, including what they learned during a full-day visit and training session at RFE/RL.

“This program has given me so much information that has widened my perspective of the news and how important it is for society.” – Holland Fleming, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.
“ The visit to Radio Free Europe and the time spent speaking with Mr. Ayazi was one of the highlights of our trip.  I continue to hear the students discuss how much they enjoyed meeting Akbar Ayazi and being able to ask him questions.” -- Nivine Richie, Ph.D., CFA , University of North Carolina Wilmington, U.S.A.

"Thank you for all that you did to make our visit to RFE such a fantastic experience. I will highly recommend your visitor's program to any colleagues who are traveling with political science students to Prague and want to give them the hands on experience of understanding the role of the media in shaping and developing civil society." -- Maryann E. Gallagher, Department of Political Science, DePauw University, Greencastle, U.S.A.

“If you want to become motivated to craft great journalism, if you want to see how dedicated journalists put their lives on the line to tell the truth to their listeners and readers, a visit to RFE/RL will do it. I am in awe of the hard dedicated work these journalists do.” -- Kevin Benz, Chair-elect of Radio Television Digital News Association, Washington, U.S.A.
“Visiting RFE/RL allows the opportunity to bring to life the unique form of international broadcasting. It is also crucial for students to see how international broadcasting systems have transformed themselves in the current hyper- commercial media environment, and RFE/RL has many lessons to teach in this area.” -- PhDr. Todd Nesbitt, University of New York in Prague     

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