Call for Spring 2017 applications to Perspektivy workshop now open


Call for Spring 2017 applications to Perspektivy  workshop now open

We warmly invite mid-career journalists with over three years’ experience to apply for the series of workshops on “Reaching global media standards in reporting” organised by the professional development programme ‘Perspektivy’.  The workshops aim to develop skills on news reporting and how best to promote it in the challenging environment of the digital era. 


Workshop description

The core activity concerns the actual writing and reporting of news, as practiced by Reuters and other global agencies. Practical exercises form the core of the programme, with an emphasis on improving basic reporting and writing skills including accuracy, impartiality, speed, clarity and structure, whilst understanding the principles of developing text for web-media. Participants will also study modern media tools and techniques on promoting stories in the digital media.

The course will help journalists recognise their good habits and provide them the time and space to work on their weak points, within a mentored framework.

The focus of the course is on news writing and news reporting: techniques for structuring a story, tips to write clear and simple copy, analysis and headlines, reinforcement of the basic journalist qualities of balance, accuracy and speed, tips on conducting better interviews, techniques to recognise the relative importance of different sources, and the correct treatment of sources and quotes.

Participants will study the basic requirements of text for web-platforms and social media, approaches for fact checking, modern multimedia tools for long reads, and techniques for promoting stories on web and social media. 


Programme dates for the Spring 2017 workshop sessions: 

21-23 April: “Reaching global media standards in news judgement and news writing”

20-21 May: “Theory and practice of interviews, working with sources of information for use in the digital media”


We are looking for:

  • Journalists with at least three years of professional experience;
  • Journalists with a proven motivation to stay in the profession in the future
  • Both journalists and freelancers working in any medium (print, online, radio or television);
  • Bloggers with journalistic experience or degree;
  • Those whose working language is Russian and who are professionally based anywhere in Russia, Eastern Europe or Central Asia and produce stories for Russian-language media.

Additional information:

Working language is Russian.

Participation is free of charge.

Participants must be available to take part in both workshops. 

Expenses including travel costs, hotel-accommodation and meals, and small general expenses will be covered by workshops organisers.

Applications are now open. 

You are welcome to apply for the programme until 2nd of April 2017 by filling out the application form. Sections of the application form ask for your general information, professional background, and require your preposition on a story idea that could transcend your regional interest.

Journalists working for a news organisation will need the consent of their editor to take part. Freelancers should provide evidence of their collaboration with one or more media organisations which publish their work on a regular basis. You will be asked to provide examples of your work.

Results will be announced on 10th April 2017. You will receive information to your e-mails provided in the application form. 

Click here to begin the application

Results will be announced on 10th April 2017. You will receive information on your e-mails provided in the application form. 

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Perspektivy is a joint initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Fritt Ord Foundation.

Read participant's feedback about Perspektivy's workshop  Alisa Kustikova April 2016, Maria Aleksashina September 2016