Curriculum

This is a tentative schedule as of April 2018.

Saturday, July 6th

 Arrivals and Registration

 Sunday, July 7th

 Tour of Prague

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

 Monday, July 8th – 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 9th

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 10th

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

  1. A) Camera movements

– Push, pull, pan and tilt: every movement must reveal

  1. B) Tracking shot

– Why do we need to move? What can it show?

  1. A) One mistake and you can lose the viewer
  2. 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 11th

All day reporting and interviewing in the field for feature stories.

Friday, July 12th

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 13th

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

Afternoon: Reporting and interviewing in the field for feature stories

Sunday, July 14th

Free day

Monday, July 15th

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 16th

All day to finish stories, deadline 19:00

Wednesday, July 17th

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)

Free afternoon

Thursday, July 18th

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.

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).

Friday, July 19th

9:30 – 12:30 Visit to the Czech Radio

Free afternoon

Saturday, July 20th

09:30 – 12:30 Reporting-project critique session (Jeremy Druker and Michael Kahn)

Free time

Farewell dinner

Sunday, July 21th

Departures

 

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