This is a tentative schedule as of October 2017.
Saturday, July 7th
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)
- 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
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.
- 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.
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)
- 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?
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)
- “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.
Sunday, July 15th
Monday, July 16th
A Day at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
10:00 – 12:30: Working Under Conflict (Gordana Knezevic, RFE/RL)
- RFE/RL introduction
- Covering war as a local
- Staying safe as a journalist in a war zone
- The ethical and moral responsibilities associated with covering conflict.
14:00 – 15:30 Digital storytelling (Glenn Kates, Wojtek Grojec, RFE/RL)
- 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.
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)
- 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.
Thursday, July 19th
9:30 – 12:30: Multimedia Reporting (Adam Pemble, Associated Press)
- What should be included in a multimedia journalist’s toolkit (hardware and software)
- How to evaluate a story and decide what multimedia elements work best
- How to record and edit high-quality video
- How to judge basic visual elements
- Shooting photo essays and soundslides
- Thinking about distribution on the web.
14:00 – 17:00: Multimedia Editing (Dragan Milojevic, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
- Shooting basics, filming interviews
- Editing video in Adobe Premiere Elements 12 (trimming, split, unlink audio from video track, L-cut, audio advance, layers, key frames, fades…)
- Scenes and sequencing
- Inserting narration and graphics
- Exporting and publishing for web (YouTube, Vimeo etc.)
- Correcting mistakes during editing, troubleshooting (low audio levels, color correction)
Friday, July 20th
9:30 – 12:30: Social Media’s Role in Reporting (Stuart N. Brotman, University of Tennessee)
- 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.
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)
Sunday, July 22th