Journey: journalism boot camp is an annually organized intensive summer course, which offers participants unique experience through interactive seminars conducted by professional journalists, editors and media personalities from world’s most renowned news outlets and agencies. Organized by The Bakala Foundation, Journey aims to bring together promising students of journalism and media from around the world and give them the opportunity to learn from top professionals from the field and to create a unique, inspiring experience.
Participants undergo series of workshops on current trends and tools used in reporting, data collection and analysis, investigative journalism and many more aspects of modern media work as well as a number of exercises, in real newsroom conditions. The course will be taking place August 6-16, 2016.
Submitted applications will be reviewed by an independent jury and twenty fellows will be selected. They will receive full scholarships, covering all travel expenses related to their return trip to Prague including flight tickets and transport to and from the Václav Havel Airport, full board and accommodation as well as additional expenses directly related to Journey such as study materials and public transportation. The scholarship does not include insurance.
If you are a journalism or media student, please apply through the Online Application section. To see a list of requirements applicants have to meet in order to be eligible for the program, please visit the FAQ section.
Applications will be accepted until May 6, 2016.
JOURNEY - F.A.Q.
Who can apply for the program?
To be eligible for the program, the applicant needs to meet the following criteria:
- Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom or United States of America. Current place of residency is not a factor in the selection process, however the foundation might not be able to fully cover your travel costs if you intend to travel to the Czech Republic from a destination different than your country of citizenship.
- Be currently enrolled at a university, majoring in journalism, media studies or a closely related field and by August 2016 have completed at least two semesters of full-time study. Students who are currently enrolled and will graduate before August 2016 are also eligible. Applications from students of other majors who have proven journalistic experience (long-term employment in the field, internships, strong online presence etc.) will also be considered.
- Have a very good command of English language.
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 full 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.
When and where will the summer school be taking place?
The Journey journalism boot camp 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 6 and departing on August 16.
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 no less than 1200 words. The deadline for the final project submission will be approximately three weeks after the end of the boot camp. Submissions will be evaluated by independent jury and the best works will be rewarded.
This year’s theme for individual projects is “Nationalism”.
This list will be updated regularly. If you have more questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
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