UNT journalism students in London experience Brexit live

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 18:17
News crews cover the Brexit vote in London. Photo courtesy of UNT Principal Lecturer Neil Foote.
News crews cover the Brexit vote in London. Photo courtesy of UNT Principal Lecturer Neil Foote.

Journalism students and faculty from the University of North Texas are watching history unfold and are experiencing global news coverage at work while on a study abroad trip to London.

"It is a little overwhelming since many students haven't experienced anything like this before," said Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism Principal Lecturer Neil Foote. "News crews are crowded around the House of Parliament and are set up to do live shots covering the results of the vote. A ton of media are at 10 Downing Street to cover the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron."

Foote and Assistant Professor Gwen Nisbett are overseeing the group of 31 students who have been assigned to go out into the community and get feedback from residents.

"I went to bed last night with the media saying that the results were going to be to stay," said Samantha Morrow, a UNT junior from The Woodlands, Texas, who is studying digital and print news. "However, I woke up to a leave result, the Prime Minister resigning and rolling press conferences. Everyone on both sides is shocked and the city today is in a panic mode still trying to figure out what to make of the results. I do not think anyone could have predicted that this could have happened."

Evan Moore, a UNT senior from Houston studying psychology, noticed the contrast of the surprisingly sunny London weather and the concerned faces of residents who voted to remain in the European Union.

"When my roommate and I went to get lunch, it felt like we were in a completely different city," he said. "For us it was exciting to see history unfold before our eyes."

This isn't the first time UNT journalism students have experienced history during a London study abroad trip. Students visiting in 2013 were on hand for coverage of the birth of Prince George.