Transitions ran a four-week, hands-on journalism course on International Feature Writing in the Age of COVID-19 from May 4, 2021 – May 24, 2021.
Participants in the UK, Serbia, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine joined us to learn the craft of the foreign correspondent from a veteran of the media business – Dinah Richter Spritzer. As a journalist, Dinah has contributed to The New York Times, USA Today, Elle and Conde Nast Traveller.
Using a blend of live, online classes, interactive discussions; written assignments and stimulating reading materials, participants gained a solid set of feature writing skills and now feel ready to negotiate the challenges posed to foreign reporters by COVID-19.
Through this course, they learned what makes foreign reporting different from domestic reporting through practical experience and were able to fine-tune their feature-writing skills and interviewing tactics in three well-researched articles, under the guidance of the instructor.
They are now able to report using all of the virtual tools available, including social media platforms, and video interviews, and how to provide sweep, context, and comparison when writing for an international audience.
If you are interested in future training opportunities with Transitions, follow as at @TOL_edu on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How can you produce more compelling stories on divisive topics? Learn from conflict mediators how to cover polarizing issues.
The Solutions Journalism Network is leading a Complicating the Narratives (CTN) virtual workshop specifically designed for European journalists. This live, interactive training draws on the experience of experts in conflict. The techniques and strategies taught will help participants learn new ways to address this pivotal moment in our global society through stronger, more inclusive conversations and reporting on divisive issues. Our virtual workshop will address the following pillars of Complicating the Narratives, specifically, how to:
Pillar 1: Listen differently when covering a contentious, polarizing issue
Pillar 2: Go beneath the problem (to uncover motivations, not just positions)
Pillar 3: Embrace complexity in our reporting about divisive issues
Pillar 4: Counter confirmation bias (and any biases we may bring to a specific topic/issue)
Date: Monday, 1 March 2021 at 14:00 CET
Nina Fasciaux, Solutions Journalism Network, Manager in Europe
Nina is the manager in Europe and international coordinator for the Solutions Journalism Network and has trained hundreds of journalists. She previously lived and worked as a journalist in Russia and is co-author of the book “Nomade des mers, le tour du monde des innovations,’ on low-tech solutions to basic needs.
(July 20, 2020 – July 31, 2020)
NOTE: CLICK ON THE FIRST SESSION (MONDAY 16:00 PRAGUE TIME) TO JOIN THE VIDEO WEBINAR
Still looking for something valuable to do this summer, this time from the safety and comfort of your own home?
Whether your dream is to work as a journalist parachuting into foreign lands, or as an activist, advocating for resolutions to global issues, our foreign reporting course will prepare you for whatever lies ahead.
- Not only will you learn the tricks of the trade directly from working foreign correspondents, you will pursue actual stories under the guidance of our faculty.
- Working journalists from Reuters and the BBC will provide hands-on mentoring on print and audio stories.
- You will also receive lectures from professionals who have reported for The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN, and top Czech media.
- Don’t worry – you will receive extensive coaching both before the start of the course and as you research and write your assignment. We’ll give you advice on working from home, locating quality sources, and structuring your story. If you choose to do a story from the Czech Republic, we’ll help in setting up interviews.
- Once you’re done, we’ll give you valuable, detailed feedback on all your work. By the conclusion of these two weeks with us, you will end up with the skills to report from abroad and, just as importantly, a publishable piece of reporting to get you started in an exciting career as a journalist or telling stories on behalf of an NGO.
- All lectures will be held live, allowing questions and answers but will also be recorded in case you miss them.
The course is open to:
· College and university-level students. Some journalism experience or academic background is helpful but not essential.
· Journalists who have some experience but would like to increase their skills and knowledge.
· Others who can demonstrate a genuine interest in journalism, audio/radio.
At this webinar you will learn the nitty-gritty about solutions journalism:
Where to look for solutions stories? How to structure a solutions story?
We will have a closer look to best practice examples from Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina and will discuss how a good SJ story pitch looks like.
For reporters and newsrooms already familiar with the solutions journalism approach interested in making their own solutions story.
If you could not join the introductory session we recommend to watch it here: http://toleducation.org/solutions-journalism/en/events/
The webinar will be held in English, questions can be asked via chat also in Bosnian and Serbian.
This webinar is strongly recommended for journalists interested the microgrant program in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo. More info at http://toleducation.org/solutions-journalism/en/microgrants-mentoring/
To join the next webinars and get notifications about all upcoming webinars, please follow the next steps:
– click TAKE THIS COURSE button at the top of this page.
We will email you about the upcoming webinars and will send important pre-webinar information and reading links.
Thank you and see you there!