About the School

The summer school of journalism and socio – cultural research is a three-week intensive training program for young journalists, bloggers, and media activists from Russia, Ukraine, post-Soviet countries, Europe, and the United States. The school is held annually from mid-July to early August in Prague at the faculty of philosophy of Charles University. The training program includes lectures and seminars by leading journalists and media experts, practical classes on the basics of video and photography, and content distribution on the Internet. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and also includes lectures on the basics of Economics, sociology, contemporary art, visits to the largest media in the Czech Republic, as well as screenings of contemporary documentaries. An important component of training is the implementation of independent journalistic projects by all participants, which are discussed at special seminars with professional editors. The school’s language is Russian.

School topics

  • International understanding of the freedom of the press
  • Working with information sources and checking them
  • Investigative journalism and its professional standards
  • Human rights journalism
  • Journalists and bloggers
  • The creation of online media
  • Modern journalistic formats
  • Effective strategies for distributing media content on the Internet
  • Basics of digital journalism
  • Media and contemporary art
  • Contemporary literature and documentaries

Target audience

Journalists, bloggers, and researchers from Russia, Ukraine, post-Soviet countries, Europe, and the United States. The school gives preference to the applicants whose experience in journalism or related fields does not exceed three years. Work experience is an optional requirement.

Our Team

Zhanna Nemtsova
Co-Founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, journalist, Director of the Boris Nemtsov Summer School.

Olga Shorina
Co-Founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, journalist, editor at DW.

Aleksandra Skorvid
Program Coordinator, post-graduate student at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University.

Marek Prihoda
Scholar, co-Director, Boris Nemtsov Academic Center for the Study of Russia.

Dmitry Treshanin
Journalist, Editor at “Mediazona”.

Conditions

All participants of the school of Nemtsov are fully covered for transportation to and from Prague, public transport passes in Prague for a month, food and medical insurance. The faculty of philosophy provides participants with a dormitory that is designed for international students.