Curriculum

This is a tentative schedule as of July 2024.

Saturday, July 12th, 2025

Arrivals – Check in from 15:00 (Marriott Courtyard Prague Flora, Lucemburska 46, Prague 3, 13000)

Free time

Sunday, July 13th

09:50 – 10:00 Meeting point: hotel lobby and registration of participants

10:05 Departure from the hotel

10:00 – 13:00 Walking Tour: Prague sightseeing with Lucie Lackova

13:15 – 14:45 Lunch (venue: NA ČEPU – Ovocný trh 1096/8, 110 00 Prague 1)

14:45 – 15:00 Welcome and Introductions (Jeremy Druker, Transitions)

15:00 – 17:00 Life as a Foreign Correspondent (Raphael Minder, The Financial Times)

Free time in Prague

Monday, July 14th

09:15 Meeting point: hotel lobby

09:20 Departure from the hotel and arrival at the venue

10:00 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: “What Is Actually a Foreign Correspondent?” (moderated by Jeremy Druker, Transitions, with participants: Michael Winfrey + Jana Ciglerova, Denik N).

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 16:30 News-Writing Lab (Michael Kahn, Reuters)

16:30 – 18:00 Pitching session for story proposals (Jeremy Druker, Transitions, Michael Kahn, Reuters; and Mark Harmon, University of Tennessee)
All participants will pitch their ideas for their two stories to the panel for feedback. The assignment for the first week will be a print/web story or a photo essay for print or web (first draft due Friday); the assignment for the second week will be a video or audio story (due at the end of the second week).

Tuesday, July 15th
09:30 – 12:30 Writing Lab: Getting Out Into the Field (Michael Kahn, Reuters and Mark Harmon, University of Tennessee)
Participants will be divided in two groups and work intensively with the faculty, focusing on the following subjects:

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 17:00 Practical-writing exercise (Michael Kahn, Reuters and Mark Harmon, University of Tennessee)
Participants will have two hours to write their stories with faculty then review the results.

Wednesday, July 16th
All-day reporting and interviewing in the field for feature stories.

Thursday, July 17th

09:30 – 10:30 The Benefits and Challenges to Being a Woman in What Was Once a Man’s Game. (Dana Zlatohlavkova, Czech Television)

10:45 – 12:15 The Power of Solutions Journalism (Jeremy Druker, Transitions)

Afternoon reporting and interviewing in the field for feature stories, preparing the first draft of print stories.

Students finalizing their stories.

 

Friday, July 18th
9:30 – 12:30 Writing and Reporting for TV (Mark Harmon, University of Tennessee)

14:00 – 16:00 – Covering Conflict (Tomas Brolik, Respekt) and Covering Africa (Tomas Lindner, Respekt)

16:30 – 19:00 Finish first draft of print stories, deadline 19:00

Students finalize their stories and submit.

Saturday, July 19th
10:30 – 12:30 Life as a Foreign Correspondent (Raphael Minder, The Financial Times)

Free time

Sunday, July 20th
Free day
19:00 – 21:00 Individual feedback on first draft of stories (Michael Kahn, Reuters; Jeremy Druker, Transitions; Mark Harmon, University of Tennessee)
Each participant will have a 15-minute slot to discuss the drafts with Michael or Jeremy during a meeting in the hotel lobby.

Monday, July 21st
9:30 – 12:30 Multimedia Reporting: What is a Video Story and How to Give Every Story a Classic Story Structure (Will Tizard)2

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 17:00 Exercises in the field

Will will accompany participants in downtown Prague as they shoot video. The group will then congregate back at the venue and review the video that they have taken. Points to be covered:

Tuesday, July 22nd
Participants will spend the day working on video/audio stories, i.e. lining up and starting to shoot interviews and other footage.

Wednesday, July 23rd
9:30 – 11:15 Tour of Seznam.cz with Aneta Kapucianova and session on innovation with Peter Jancarik

Free time

Thursday, July 24th
Trip to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (please bring your passport)

09:40 Meeting point: hotel lobby
09:45 Departure from the hotel
10:00 – 10:30 Group security check at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – (Vinohradská 159A, Prague 10), followed by tour
10:30 – 11:30 Meeting with Pete Baumgartner, editor in RFE/RL’s central newsroom

11:45 – 12:15 Meeting with Amos Chapple RFE/RL photojournalist

Free time

17:00 Deadline for final version of print story and posting it to WordPress site

Friday, July 25th
All-day shooting and editing final video stories

17:00 Deadline for video story and posting it to WordPress site
17:00 – 19:00 – Individual feedback on final version of stories (Michael Kahn, Reuters; Jeremy Druker, Transitions; Mark Harmon, University of Tennessee)
Individual story feedback on the final version of print story – each participant will have a 15-minute slot to discuss the final version with Michael and Jeremy during a meeting in the hotel lobby.

Saturday, July 26th
10:00 – 12:00 Reporting-project critique session for video/audio stories (Will Tizard and Mark Harmon, University of Tennessee)

Led by Will Tizard and Mark Harmon, the panel will provide detailed feedback on the video and audio stories.

14:00 – 16:00 Farewell boat cruise with lunch.

Free time

Sunday, July 27th

Departures