This is a tentative schedule as of April 2018.
Saturday, July 7th
Arrivals for participants that paid by March 15, 2018 – Check in from 15:00 (Marriott Courtyard Prague Flora, Lucemburska 46, Prague 3, 13000)
Sunday, July 8th
Arrivals for participants that paid after March 15, 2018 – Check in from 15:00 (Marriott Courtyard Prague Flora, Lucemburska 46, Prague 3, 13000)
15:45 Meeting point: hotel lobby
15:45 – 16:00 Registration
16:00 – 19:00 Tour of Prague
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome dinner (talk on understanding Czech culture, Jeremy Druker, TOL) – Kozlovna u Paukerta (Národní 981/17, 110 00 Prague 1)
Monday, July 9th – venue: Thomson Reuters (Václavské náměstí 832/19)
09:30 – 12:30 Techniques for Better Story-Telling (Michael Kahn, Reuters)
- How to recognize potential stories
- Breaking news versus feature stories
- Accounting for history in a foreign environment
- Interviewing techniques and asking good questions
- Framing local stories for a global audience
- On-the-ground reporting and reacting to the unexpected
- Organizing material and crafting the finished product.
14:00 – 17:00 News-Writing Lab (Michael Kahn, Reuters)
- Writing a developing breaking news story
- What kinds of stories should be updated
- When to file a story
- How to source a story
- Discussion of a recent breaking news story.
Tuesday, July 10th
09:30 – 12:30 News-Writing Lab: Getting Out into the Field (Michael Kahn, Reuters)
Participants will spend the morning reporting a news story in the streets of Prague.
14:00 – 17:00 News-writing Lab: Story Review (Michael Kahn, Reuters)
Participants will have two hours to write their stories and then Michael will review the results.
Wednesday, July 11th
9:30 – 12:30 Multimedia Reporting: What is a Video Story and How to Give Every Story a Classic Story Structure (Adam Pemble, Associated Press)
- Breaking into video journalism and work at the AP
- How even the most basic of shoots tells a story
- Classic story structure (inverted pyramid, diamond, stories without the classic structure)
- Shot-by-shot case studies
- Questions and Answers
14:00 – 17:00 Multimedia Reporting: Make it Pleasant, Capture Attention, Make it Beautiful, Make it Motivated (Adam Pemble, Associated Press)
- Composition 1 (with VIDEO examples):
Not everything is beautiful or interesting but it can be shot that way:
– How to look at something and see it for more than it is
– Change perspective
– The whole universe in a soda bottle
– What are the subjects of the story and can you get them all into one frame?
- Composition 2 (with VIDEO examples):
What art teaches us:
-Symmetrical vs. Asymmetrical
-Rule of Thirds
- Motivated Movement [with VIDEO examples]:
A) Camera movements
-Push, pull, pan and tilt: every movement must reveal
B) Tracking shot
-Why do we need to move? What can it show?
- Sequencing [with VIDEO examples]:
A) One mistake and you can lose the viewer
B) What is matched action and how to find it
-What is a cutaway and how close ups can save your story
-Using jump cuts to illustrate a point
-How much is too much
17:30-18:00 Feature Story Idea Presentation to Feedback Panel (Jeremy Druker – Transitions, Adam Pemble – AP and Michael Kahn – Reuters).
Each participant will present their story to three long-time journalists in Prague who will offer initial feedback, suggestions for additional sources, and possible contacts.
Thursday, July 12th
All day reporting and interviewing in the field for feature stories.
Late afternoon: Visit to the Cold War Museum, a crisis fallout shelter from the 1950s, situated under the Hotel Jalta in downtown Prague. In case of war, the military headquarters of the Warsaw Pact countries would have had their base here. In 2013, the Cold War Museum opened in the fallout shelter.
Friday, July 13th
9:30 – 12:30 Photojournalism (Jan Rybar, award-winning photojournalist)
- The challenges of photojournalism
- How to prepare before you arrive
- Getting people to let you take their picture
- Setting up that perfect shot
- Understanding the key principle: how photos “work”
- How to capture the atmosphere of places
- Combining photos and stories – how to “construct” great shots
- Tips and tricks for making great portraits
- How to make great photos with “simple” cameras (even mobile phones)
- Photography basics – settings, composition, etc
- Post-production basics – small improvements can make a huge difference.
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 17:00 Exercises in the field
Jan will accompany participants in downtown Prague as they shoot photos. The group will then congregate back at the venue and review the shots that they have taken.
Evening drinks at local Czech brewery
Saturday, July 14th
9:30 – 12:30 Life as a Foreign Correspondent (Raphael Minder, New York Times)
- “Welcome to a dying trade”, or, how to become a foreign correspondent
- How to find stories (a clue: they are rarely on page one of the local press)
- Dealing with editors at long distance and pitching stories
- Differences between European and American journalism
- Ethics of Journalism, Journalism and the Law, Boundaries of Plagiarism.
Afternoon: Reporting and interviewing in the field for feature stories
Sunday, July 15th
Monday, July 16th
A Day at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (for this day’s session please bring your passports)
9:30 Meeting point: hotel lobby
10:00 – 10:30 group security checking – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
10:30 – 11:00 introduction and tour with Jana Hokuvova (RFE/RL -Media and Public Affairs)
11:00 – 12:30 Working Under Conflict (Gordana Knezevic, RFE/RL)
- Covering war as a local
- Staying safe as a journalist in a war zone
- The ethical and moral responsibilities associated with covering conflict
- Priorities: engagement over clicks
- Know how your audience consumes content
- Think about platforms before and after story production
- Pitch to yourself – would you really share this?
- Visuals-based strategy.
- The challenges women reporters face in everyday work
- Sexism in journalism and politics – what to watch out for
- The challenges women reporters face in everyday work
- Being a woman in the mainstream media: many female reporters, only few female editors –why?
- Different careers for male journalists
- How does motherhood affect the career of a female journalist?
- Successful stringing
- Writing for radio, how to be clear and concise, but not boring
- Use of sound, how to liven up your reports and create a sense of place
- Interview techniques, what makes a good radio interview
- Package techniques, how to get the most out of story and produce great radio.
- How to use social media to find story topics, sources, and much more
- How a foreign correspondent can benefit from monitoring social media in a foreign country
- Best practices for disseminating stories through social media
- How to identify the best platforms for reaching the most appropriate audience
- Hands-on exercises tailored to participants’ individual stories.
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Digital storytelling (Glenn Kates, Wojtek Grojec, RFE/RL)
Tuesday, July 17th
All day to finish stories, deadline 19:00
Wednesday, July 18th
09:30 – 12:30 The Female Correspondent – The Benefits and Challenges to Being a Woman in What Was Once a Man’s Game. (Silvie Lauder, Respekt)
14:00 -15: 00 Visit to Václav Havel Library
Participants will meet with the library’s director, Michael Žantovský, a Czech diplomat, politician, author, journalist, lyricist and psychologist. He was among the founding members of the movement that coordinated the overthrow of the Communist regime. In January 1990 he became spokesman, press secretary, and advisor to President Vaclav Havel. He was later the Czech ambassador to Washington, Tel Aviv, and London.
Thursday, July 19th
09:30 – 12:30 Rob Cameron – Reporting from Prague
The BBC’s long-time correspondent talks about how he got his start and how the profession has changed since his arrival in the early 1990s.
Friday, July 20th
9:30 – 12:30 Social Media’s Role in Reporting (Sam Swan, University of Tennessee)
Afternoon: Visit to Economia publishing house – the most modern news complex in the country.
The massive Economia media complex (which features a central newsroom for all of their publications with a “Superdesk” in the middle, where the main editors sit and collaborate across publications. An introduction and discussion with Martin Ehl, the foreign editor of Hospodarske noviny (the Czech Republic’s leading business daily).
Saturday, July 21th
09:30 – 12:30 Reporting-project critique session (Jeremy Druker and Michael Kahn)
17:30 Meeting point: Dvořákovo nábřeží, Na Františku, Prague 1
17:45 Boarding on boat – wharf nr. to be confirm – under the Na Františku hospital
18:00 – 20:00 Farewell dinner on boat
Sunday, July 22th