Opening applications to Journey, a unique summer school for young journalists

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Prague, March 22, 2021

A popular summer training event for students of journalism, media studies and related disciplines is entering its 6th year. Journey: Journalism Bootcamp promises 10 days among renowned professionals from the world’s top media. It takes place in the charming city of Prague, capital of the Czech Republic.

Applications will be open to students from 11 countries until April 30, 2021. Successful candidates will receive a scholarship covering their costs such as course fees, accommodation, travel expenses and meals.

“Independent journalism is one of the main pillars of a democratic society. This is one reason why the Bakala Foundation is organizing the Journey program for the sixth time. Our aim is to present the ‘science of journalism’ to participants, tackling the subject from all possible angles. It will be presented by highly experienced journalists from international media,” said Václav Pecha, director of the Bakala Foundation, which organizes Journey. “After the program, students will be more easily able to decide in which direction they want to take their journalistic career, and we believe they will be better equipped to pursue truly objective and independent journalism.”

Among the speakers are well-known names such as Adam Entous, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2017, and Jessica Bruder, journalist and author of the award-winning book Nomadland, which became the model for a film currently among the Oscars nominees in six categories. Media represented include, for example, CNN, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and news agencies such as Reuters, Bloomberg and AP.

Over the course of 10 days, students will attend lectures and workshops on journalistic ethics, working with resources, investigative journalism, photojournalism and much more. There will also be field work, simulated newsroom work and team reporting. Last, but not least, the students will have the opportunity to receive professional feedback on their work and make valuable contacts with journalists across borders. Participants will come from 11 countries: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Great Britain and the USA.

“In 2020, due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, the program could not be held. This year, we firmly believe that Journey will take place, and we will do everything in our power to ensure it does so. Journey will run from 5th to 15th August 2021 in Prague,” said Petra Judová, Journey’s program manager.

The Bakala Foundation, which organizes the program, aims to support the development of young talent and thus contribute not only to the fulfillment of life goals, but also to the improvement of society. The promotion of independent journalism is therefore an important pillar in the Foundation’s activities.

Find out more information and access the program application at: https://www.bakalafoundation.org/en/programy/journey/