Foreign Correspondent Training Course, July 2013 - Schedule

The course comprised two main sections: classroom training sessions with highly experienced journalists and the practical reporting project. In the time allocated to the reporting project, participants conducted research and interviews and wrote their story, under the guidance of the course trainers.  All sessions took place at New York University Prague, Male namesti 2 (right near the famous clock on Old Town Square).


Sunday, July  21

17:00 - 18:00 Arrivals and registration
19:00 - 21:30 Welcome dinner:
Plzeňský restaurant Anděl, Nádražní 114, Prague 5


Monday, July 22

09:30 – 12:30 Breaking into the Trade (Michael Jordan) 

  • How to generate salable ideas
  • Approaching the right publications and editors
  • How to master the '"formula" of foreign correspondence
  • Advance research, determining the best sources
  • Arranging the logistics of your reporting trip
  • How to produce an accurate "snapshot" of the situation once on the ground


14:00 – 17:00 Reporting assignment


Tuesday, July 23


09:30 – 12:30 Reporting for Radio (Rob Cameron)

  • 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 – 17:00 Reporting assignment

20:00 Evening concert


Wednesday, July 24

09:30 – 12:30 Tips of the Trade (Kitty Logan, CBS News, Sky News)


  • Building local contacts and finding reliable sources of information
  • Misinformation, propaganda, and the dangers of social media in fast-moving news, particularly in conflict scenarios
  • The challenges and limitations a journalist can face reporting in areas of conflict
  • Hostile environment training, where to find basic safety information for journalists and how to get the right insurance
  • How do I send my story back? Equipment and communications challengers, particularly in conflict areas, remote locations, and places affected by natural disaster
  • How will I be treated as a female correspondent? Challenges and advantages for women - everything from cultural sensitivities to safety tips.


14:00 – 17:00 Reporting assignment


Thursday, July 25

09:30 – 12:30 Life as a Foreign Correspondent (Ian Phillips)

  • How to become a foreign correspondent
  • How to find stories (a clue: they are rarely on page one of the local press)
  • News agency journalism (getting a foot in the door, what we do)
  • Multimedia convergence (the increasing influence of TV and the new media landscape)
  • Dealing with editors at long distance and pitching stories   


14:00 – 17:00 Reporting assignment (story deadline 19:00)


Friday, July 26

10:45 – 12:30 Radio Free Europe tour and working under conflict (Gordana Knezevic)

  • RFE/RL introduction (Larisa Balanovskaya)
  • Covering war as a local citizen and interacting with foreign correspondents
  • Staying safe as a journalist in a war zone
  • The ethical and moral responsibilities associated with covering conflict


14:00 – 17:00 Multimedia Reporting (Nedim Dervisbegovic)

  • 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
  • Introduction on how to record good audio, shoot good photos and record good video
  • How to edit the content you have gathered

Saturday, July 27

Free day

Sunday, July 28

Free day


Monday, July 29

09:30 – 12:30 Story review (Michael Jordan)

Michael will review the stories with participants, pointing to successful examples and highlighting areas for improvement. He will provide his edits and suggestions for participants to be able to improve their stories and increase their chances of publication. 


14:00 – 17:00 Free afternoon

18:00 Closing dinner


Tuesday, July 30




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