About the Program

The Boris Nemtsov Summer School of Journalism and Cultural Studies is a three-week, fully-funded  program to educate young journalists, bloggers, media activists, and researchers from Russia, Ukraine, the CIS region, Europe, and the U.S. on the core principles and norms of high-quality modern journalism.  The School is run by the Boris Nemtsov Foundation and hosted at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) between mid-July and early August.  The study program includes: academic sessions taught by leading journalists and media experts; workshops on the basics of filming; editing; and SMM-distribution. The study program aims at deepening participants‘ knowledge of the social, economic and cultural contexts of modern Russia. In addition, the program offers lectures that cover these subjects as well as film screenings followed by discussions, sightseeing tours, and visits to major media outlets based in Prague.  All participants must develop media projects for the completion of the study program. Concepts of media projects are presented and discussed during the workshops moderated by professional editors.  Each participant will be assisted by an individual supervisor.  All applicants are required to demonstrate solid command of the Russian language.

Focus of the Program

  • Concept of Freedom of the Press
  • Sources of Information. Criteria of Reliability and Relevance
  • Investigative Journalism and Journalistic Ethics
  • Journalism and Human Rights Activism
  • Journalists vs Bloggers
  • Development of Online Media Projects
  • Storytelling and Multimedia Formats
  • Efficient tools of SMM-Distribution
  • Basics of Digital Journalism
  • Media&Art
  • Modern Literature and Documentaries


Journalists, bloggers, and researchers from Russia, Ukraine, the CIS region, Europe, and USA are eligible for the program.  We prefer applicants who have fewer than three years of professional experience is in journalism , PR, or communications. Experience in journalism is not mandatory.

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”.


The program is fully funded. The Boris Nemtsov Foundation covers airfare and ground transportation (trains) to and from Prague, passes for public transportation inside the city, meals and medical insurance for the period of the study program.  The Faculty of Arts provides accommodation for participants.