The course is a mix of lectures and exercises where students will learn by doing under the supervision of journalists from leading international news organizations. Previous lecturers hosted were from the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, the New York Times, ProPublica, Reuters, Storyful, Mashable.com and the Wall Street Journal. Lecturers have included several Pulitzer Prize winners, such as Seymour Hersh, Jesse Eisinger, Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber.
The program focuses on best practices and standards in an ever-evolving landscape of modern-day journalism. Students will discuss relevant themes in journalism during lectures and test their skills in practical exercises throughout the week under guidance from experienced editors. Students will also spend two days reporting from Prague where they will produce stories under deadline. By the end of the course, students should be able to more confidently report and write breaking news as well as produce long-form stories while adhering to the highest ethical standards. Each student will also be required to pitch, report and write a long-form story on an assigned theme.
- Candidates should be Journalism or Media studies students who have finished at least two semesters of university education and who show strong interest in reporting and news writing;
- Students of related study programs who have shown deep interest in journalism and have work experience in journalism;
- Working language of the program is English and students are expected to have a very good command of English language;
- Citizenship of one of the following countries is required: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America
Students accepted into the program will receive a full scholarship covering the costs associated with their participation in the program. The scholarship covers room and board, travel costs, visa related expenses and study materials. The course will take place from August 4 to 14, 2018 in Prague.