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
Monday, July 8th – venue: Thomson Reuters (Václavské náměstí 832/19)
09:30 – 10:00 (talk on understanding Czech culture, Jeremy Druker, Transitions)
10:00 – 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 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.
17:30-18:00 Feature Story Idea Presentation to Feedback Panel (Jeremy Druker – Transitions 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.
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)
- 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
– Leading lines
– Odd numbers
- 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
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)
- 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 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
- 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 14th
Monday, July 15th
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 16th
All day for stories assignments
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)
- 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?
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.
- 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.
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).
Assignments deadline midnight!
Friday, July 19th
9:30 – 12:30 Visit to the Czech Radio
Saturday, July 20th
09:30 – 12:30 Reporting-project critique session (Jeremy Druker and Michael Kahn)
Sunday, July 21th