Curriculum

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)

14:00 – 17:00 News-Writing Lab (Michael Kahn, Reuters)

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)

14:00 – 17:00 Multimedia Reporting: Make it Pleasant, Capture Attention, Make it Beautiful, Make it Motivated (Adam Pemble, Associated Press)

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
– Layers
– The whole universe in a soda bottle
– What are the subjects of the story and can you get them all into one frame?

What art teaches us:

-Symmetrical vs. Asymmetrical
-Rule of Thirds
-Leading lines
-Graphical
-Odd numbers

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?

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)

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)

Afternoon: Reporting and interviewing in the field for feature stories

Sunday, July 15th

Free day

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)

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