Last Friday, Evgeniia Vlasova and I wrapped up a three-day online follow-up to last August’s Moscow Journalism Summer School (JSS). We ended early afternoon New York time, early evening Moscow time and after midnight Siberia time. About two-thirds of the JSS Summer attendees participated at some point over the three days. Some had personal obligations that precluded them from attending. One is a physician, once again treating desperately ill COVID-19 patients.
Each of the workshop participants produced a story on the theme “2020: The Year No One Expected.” While they all had a common subject, each approached the assignment in a unique way. Genia and I were very impressed by the maturity of the presentations. They were definitely better than what they did last August, although those were pretty good too.
Here is a link to one of the stories. It is indicative of the enterprise and hard work of the program participants. Below is a “graduation photo” from last Friday.
We had two guest speakers. Jeff Platt is a general assignment reporter in Bakersfield, California. We invited him to talk about practicing digital journalism when you have limited resources. The other guest was Lara Gato, a NYFA Broadcast Journalism graduate and a Producer with CBSN, the digital streaming service of CBS News. We discussed the differences in producing stories for broadcast/cable television and digital platforms.
Gillian Kemmerer, Host of The Faceoff & Ice Diaries, guest lectured this Summer and tweeted out her support of the incredible NYFA Moscow Broadcast Journalism students.
I had the chance to guest lecture the @NYFA Moscow students remotely this summer. Seeing their final projects leaves me in awe of what they learned. This is an evocative look at how orthodox churches are handling (or not) COVID from Anastasia Dzutstsati. https://t.co/RzlGHFyVWD
— Gillian Kemmerer (@gilliankemmerer) January 11, 2021
One of the differences between August and January was a more pronounced emphasis on career development. For the final session, each participant answered four questions:
- Where do you want to be in one year?
- Where do you want to be in three years?
- What do you have to do to reach these goals?
- What is one concrete step that you can take in the next two months to advance your career?
These folks gave up part of their Christmas vacations to attend this workshop. I think it is indicative of the value they assign to the Moscow JSS. We ended by asking them to recommend friends and colleagues who would be suitable candidates for the NYFA Moscow JSS II.
In July, four of the JSS I participants will be in New York for four weeks to study at NYFA. All travel, housing, meal, and tuition costs will be paid by the U.S. State Department.
In August 2021, we will be holding JSS II. Ideally in Moscow, otherwise online. It too will be fully funded by the State Department.
For more information on NYFA’s Broadcast Journalism School, click here.