Call for the applications to the Perspektivy workshops series is now open
We warmly invite mid-career journalists and bloggers with over three years experience to apply for the series of workshops on ‘Reporting on regional issues to international standards’ organised by the professional development programme ‘Perspektivy’. The workshops aim to develop skills on news reporting and stories development.
The core activity concerns the actual writing and reporting of news, as practiced by Reuters and other global agencies. Practical exercises form the core of the programme, with an emphasis on improving basic reporting and writing skills including accuracy, impartiality, speed, clarity and structure, whilst understanding the principles of developing text for web-media.
The course will help journalists recognise their good habits and provide them the time and space to work on their weak points, within a mentored framework.
The focus of the course is on news writing and news reporting: techniques for structuring a story, tips to write clear and simple copy, analysis and headlines, reinforcement of the basic journalist qualities of balance, accuracy and speed, tips on conducting better interviews, techniques to recognize the relative importance of different sources, and the correct treatment of sources and quotes.
Programme dates for the workshop sessions:
16-18 November: “Reporting news in the digital era”
14-16 December: “Theory and practice of interviews, working with sources of information for use in the digital media”
In between two sessions participants will have a field exercise to implement joint multimedia project. They could be supported with research trips to each others region if required for the exercises. Watch the video on participants experience on multinational team work and have a look to the project result.
In addition to workshops participants will be offered with newsroom tours and meetings journalists and editors of national and global media.
Preliminary choice of places for workshops is Armenia and Georgia. It might be changed considering logistics and visas restrictions of selected candidates.
We are looking for:
- Journalists who are in the middle part of their career with at least three years of professional experience
- Journalists with a proven motivation to stay in the profession in the future
- both journalists and freelancers working in any medium (print, online, radio or television),
- bloggers with journalistic experience or degree
- those whose working language is Russian and who are professionally based anywhere in Russia, Eastern Europe or Central Asia, Baltic States and Caucasus and produce stories for Russian-language media.
Working language is Russian.
Participation is free of charge.
Expenses including travel costs, hotel-accommodation and meals, and small general expenses will be covered by workshops organisers.
Applications are now open.
You are welcome to apply for the programme until 23rd of September 2018 by filling out the application form. Sections of the application form ask for your general information, professional background, and require your preposition on a story idea that could transcend your regional interest.
Journalists working for a news organisation will need the consent of their editor to take part. Freelancers should provide evidence of their collaboration with one or more media organisations which publish their work on a regular basis. You will be asked to provide examples of your work.
Results will be announced on the 10th October 2018. You will receive information on your e-mails provided in the application form.