Curriculum

This is a tentative schedule as of October 2017.

Saturday, July 7th

Arrivals

Sunday, July 8th

14:30 Meeting point: hotel lobby

14:30 – 15:00 Registration

15:00 Tour of Prague

19:00 Welcome dinner (talk on understanding Czech culture, Jeremy Druker, TOL)

 

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

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.

14:00-15:30 Feature Story Idea Presentation to Feedback Panel (Jeremy Druker-TOL and Michael Kahn).

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.

Followed by reporting and interviewing in the field for feature stories.

 

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

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)

 

Afternoon: Reporting and interviewing in the field for feature stories

 

Evening drinks at local Czech brewery

 

Saturday, July 14th

9:30 – 12:30: Life as a Foreign Correspondent (Raphael Minder, New York Times)

 

Sunday, July 15th

Free day

 

Monday, July 16th

A Day at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

10:00 – 12:30: Working Under Conflict (Gordana Knezevic, RFE/RL)

14:00 – 15:30 Digital storytelling (Glenn Kates, Wojtek Grojec, RFE/RL)

 

Tuesday, July 17th

Morning to finish stories, deadline 12:00

14:00 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.

 

Wednesday, July 18th

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.

Thursday, July 19th

9:30 – 12:30: Multimedia Reporting (Adam Pemble, Associated Press)

14:00 – 17:00: Multimedia Editing (Dragan Milojevic, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)

Friday, July 20th

9:30 – 12:30: Social Media’s Role in Reporting (Stuart N. Brotman, 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)

Free afternoon

Farewell dinner

 

Sunday, July 22th

Departures

 

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