Journalism in Lisbon

Key Information


Application Deadline: 09/03/23 at 10:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10007537


Departure Date: 20/06/23

Return Date: 25/06/23


£400-£450: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: airport transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Shared rooms in a hostel/hotel booked by DMU

Travel: Flights booked by DMU (students travel as a group)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Jeremy Clay -


All Journalism and Broadcast Journalism students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 25 places available, with a minimum of 10 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Join our DMU Journalism trip to Lisbon and experience what Lonely Planet calls a “postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals, a captivating scene crafted over centuries.”

As part of this trip you’ll sharpen your news- and feature-writing skills in a live, real-world setting, as we plan and execute day-by-day coverage for the DMU Journalism website, Leicestershire Press, from a base in the Portuguese capital.

This will be the first DMU Global Journalism trip since the pandemic, and it gives students the opportunity to build up their portfolio of published journalistic work, boost reporting and feature writing skills, and get a taste of the challenges and complexities of working on an assignment abroad with plenty of time left to explore this timeless, beautiful city.

We’ll be taking in a trip to Lisbon’s News Museum (£3.50), considered to be one of the best media and communications attractions in Europe. The museum analyses media coverage of landmark episodes of recent history and allows visitors to interact with significant radio and television moments through the ages. It also showcases the work of industry-leading journalists and highlights the evolution of war coverage, and the role of propaganda. And yes, we’ve checked: it’s in English too.

We’re also hoping to meet up with some DMU Journalism graduates living and working in Lisbon, to get a taste of life after university, and to arrange a Q&A with a foreign correspondent from the British media. 

If you enjoy unearthing hard news stories, or writing comment or travel pieces, or reviewing exhibitions or shows, and you fancy doing it all in the beautiful city of Lisbon, then this is the trip for you.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Lisbon are:

  • To build student portfolios to enhance future employability
  • To offer an enhanced experience of a daily news conference and the demands of working to a plan
  • To experience one-to-one mentoring with professional journalists
  • To gain an increased understanding of practical journalism

Prior to the trip students will attend a preparatory meeting DMU Journalism graduates who live in Lisbon, via MS Teams. Post-trip, students will have the chance to attend a debrief including a portfolio bootcamp.

Cultural activities

Whilst in Lisbon students will have free time to explore the city’s cultural and historical sites. Suggested museums include the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT), the Story of Lisbon Museum, the National Azulejo Museum, and the Berardo Collection Museum.

Students participating on this opportunity will also have free time to explore different parts of Lisbon including the waterfront, parks and the famous Castelo de São Jorge.

There will be the option to also take part in a guided tour of the Benfica football stadium, Estádio da Luz (£10), a tour of the city on the iconic Tram 28, and a sunset boat trip along the Tagus river.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Portugal is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Portugal.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.