The Summer School of Journalism and Socio-cultural Research is a three-week intensive program for young journalists, bloggers, and media researchers from all over the world. The school is held annually from mid-July to early August in Prague at the Charles University Department of Philosophy. The course of study includes lectures and seminars by leading journalists, hands-on video and photography classes, and lessons on content distribution over the Internet. An important aspect of the course are independent media projects which participants develop at seminars with professional editors. All classes are conducted in Russian.

School Topics

  • International norms of the freedom of information and the press
  • Identifying reliable information sources
  • Investigative journalism and its professional standards
  • Human rights journalism
  • Creation of internet journalism
  • Contemporary journalism formats
  • Effective online content distribution strategies
  • Basis of digital journalism
  • Mass media and contemporary art
  • Contemporary literature and documentary film

Target audience

Journalists, bloggers, and researchers from around the world. The school gives preference to applicants who have less than three years of experience in journalism or related fields. Practical work experience is not a requirement.

Team members

Co-Founder of the Boris Nemtsov Fund for Freedom, journalist, director of the Summer School of Journalism.

Co-Founder of the Boris Nemtsov Fund for Freedom, journalist, editor at Deutsche Welle.

Co-director of the Nemtsov Center for Russian Studies, Slavist at the Philosophy Department of Karlov University. 

How it all started:

The first Summer School was held in 2018 in Prague (Czechia) from July 16 to August 3. The school’s lecturers included Elizaveta Osetinskaya, founder of The Bell, an online economic publication; Sergey Sokolov, Deputy editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta; Sergey Smirnov, editor-in-chief of Mediazona; Irina Borogan and Andrey Soldatov, co-founders of the site agentura.ru; Dmitry Treshanin, editor of Nastoyashchee Vremya (Current Time); Arkady Ostrovsky, head of Moscow Bureau for The Economist; and many others. Participants also watched Vitaly Mansky’s documentary Rodnye (Relatives) and three episodes of Vladimir Mirzoev’s feature series Etudy o Svobody (Etudes on Freedom). The directors of the films held discussions with the students after the showings. Participants visited the offices of Radio Svoboda and Seznam, the largest Czech Internet search engine.


Applications for participation in the Summer School open every year in the spring. Application forms with detailed instructions are posted on our website, and must be completed online before the deadline. More specific information about the rules of submission can be found in the section called “Rules of Participation.” The School of 2022 will be held from July 11 – July 29 in Prague. The deadline for application submissions is May 18th, 2022.