Journey: Journalism Bootcamp is an intensive 10-day summer course in journalism designed for both Czech and foreign students.

 

About the program

The program is aimed at giving aspiring journalists from around the world real-world training that will help them pursue successful careers. 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. We have hosted lecturers from the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, the New York Times, ProPublica, Reuters, Storyful, Mashable.com and the Wall Street Journal. Our lecturers have included several Pulitzer Prize winners, such as Seymour Hersh, Jesse Eisinger, Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber.

 

Objectives of the program

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.

 

Is Journey for you? We are looking for…

  • 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.

 

What skills will you learn during Journey?

  • Researching a story in an organized, planned-out timely manner;
  • Identifying, cultivating and effectively using sources;
  • Navigating social media and verifying information shared via social media;
  • Real-time field reporting and writing;
  • Working with an editor to produce a long-form story.

 

What are the outcomes of Journey?

  • You will create news content for various platforms – print, TV, online, radio;
  • You will learn to deliver stories under strict deadline;
  • You will work under experienced journalists on an assigned topic;
  • You will learn to recognize and follow all the crucial stages of researching and writing a news story.

 

You can expect to leave with…

  • Experience of crafting a long-form story that includes text and visual components;
  • Experience in field reporting in a foreign country;
  • Better knowledge of best journalism practices and reporting ethics;
  • Networking opportunities with fellow program participants and international journalists.

 

Practical information

Journey: Journalism Bootcamp will take place August 5-15, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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.

Working language of the program is English and students are expected to have a very good command of English language.

See the Online Application for eligibility criteria and further details.

Want to know more? See the program schedule of the 2016 installment of Journey: Journalism Bootcamp and watch the highlight of Journey 2016 below.

Journey: Journalism Bootcamp 2016

 

 

Application

Applications for the Journey: Journalism Bootcamp 2017 are closed.

Applicants will be informed of the results via email by May 19, 2017 at the latest.

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FAQs

What will I be asked to do, if accepted into the program?

Fellows selected into the program will be asked to actively participate in all the workshops and exercises and to hand in an individual journalistic project – a report on a given subject that each fellow will work on under the tutelage of Journey Program’s Mentor. Proposal of the project is a part of the online application and is explained in more detail there.

The length of the final submission should be between 800 – 1000 words. The deadline for the final project submission will be approximately three weeks after the end of the bootcamp. Submissions will be evaluated by independent jury and the best works will be rewarded.

This year’s theme for individual projects is “Populism”.

When and where will the summer school be taking place?

The Journey: Journalism Bootcamp will be taking place at the beautiful Vila Grébovka, where both accommodation and most of the seminars will be provided. The villa is located near the historic centre of Prague, Czech Republic. Participants will be arriving through August 5 and departing on August 15, 2017.

Who receives the scholarship and what does the scholarship cover?

Every applicant accepted into the program will receive a full scholarship from the foundation. The scholarship covers board and accommodation for the duration of the summer camp, travel expenses such as return flight tickets or bus or train tickets to Prague, transfer within Prague to and from the accommodation facilities upon arrival and departure and all study materials needed during the course.