School of journalism
School of journalism 2018
Dates : July 30st - August 12th 2018
The number of participants : up to 12 people
The purpose of the project: exploring of the city space, learning Russian, acquiring journalism skills
The description of the project :
project participants will first learn the basics of mass media work at lectures and will then apply their knowledge to practice by writing an article. They will choose a topic and do research on it, and will then produce their piece in Russian, sharing their discoveries about the city and its people. The best articles will be published online in the most popular online magazine in the city www.downtown.ru
Work: They will be provided with a special room for work and will have an opportunity to work in city. It is necessary to have a notebook or a plane-table to write an article and take pictures.
Russian language classes: studying of Russian language RFL RUS in schools. There are classes in groups of different levels (up to 10 people). There will be 30 hours for 2 weeks. The school is located in the centre of the city. School’s website: www.rflrus.com
Language of the project: minimum A2 level of Russian, English
Fee : 300 euros (250 euros if you participate as a volonteer)
2 weeks (30 hours in total) of Russian
Visa support, Group leader
Accommodation (hostel in the city center or family placement) a choice of school
Sightseeing tour (free tour as part of the program).
Notice: Participants schould come to Voronezh 29th during the day, accomadation available!
School of journalism 2017
This year the school of journalism was no less exciting than the previous one. The participants, who were all girls, came from Germany, the USA, Greece. They wrote articles on various topics: ecology, education, regional advantages. The articles included some advice and information on positive experience of tackling some problems in their hometowns, and certainly the participants borrowed some ideas from our country.
A feedback from one of partisipant of a project - Anna Ryndin (Berlin, German). It is a link to her article in Downtown webmagazine.
Anna Ryndin, 30 (Berlin, German)
In summer 2017 I spent two weeks in Voronezh and took part in the workcamp “School of Journalism”. The project was perfect for me! I studied Russian and speak it fluently. But since it is one of the most difficult languages in the world it’s always useful to travel to Russia.
In the “School of journalism” we had meetings with the main redactor of the online journal “downtown.ru”. I learned how to collect ideas for an article and how to approach a topic. I’ve written a lot of (long) texts in my life, but mainly for study purposes and not for public newspapers. It was a good experience: we all had an aim and a deadline, so everyone was working hard (apart of enjoying the free time) to achieve his/ her goal.
As I already knew the famous cities Saint Petersburg and Moscow and also have travelled to other places in Russia I was glad to find a workcamp in city that I could explore. Voronezh is a great place to visit! It’s a modern city with Russian and global culture. For example, you can find places with typical Russian food and on the other hand in the past years there have opened a lot of modern cafés, restaurants and bars that add flair of New York or other cosmopolitan cities. Furthermore, the parks in Voronezh impressed me! There are parks with a lot of possibilities to relax and have fun at the same time, for example, with various sport activities or open air libraries.
Every work day we had 2 x 90 Minutes of classes with very skilled teachers. They all were experienced with teaching Russian as a foreign language. The classes were intense, individual and therefore the best way for me to perfect my Russian skills. The teachers asked what we would like to learn or which topics we would like to talk about. And of course they helped us to write the article in terms of style, expression and grammar. The combination of taking classes and writing an article for the project was great for me.
I participated in many workcamps before and also had been a camp leader. The project in Voronezh was quite different to what I had experienced in other workcamps because there was no group accomodiation. Thus, you can spend the time more individual but also with the other participants, if you like. I was very lucky to have a great host. We got along very well with each other. Thanks to my host I discovered places in Voronezh I probably wouldn’t have visited. Furthermore, I got to know other Russians – my host’s colleagues, friends and family. I really enjoyed sharing part of my host’s life for two weeks – talking, cooking together, going out. Probably we are going to see each other again in my home town Berlin.
If you want to travel to Russia and spend two weeks with Russian language, Russian life and Russian culture you should take part in “School of journalism”!
School of journalism 2016
We had nice participants at Journalism school 2016 from England, Ireland and Slovenia.
Have a look at video feedback of participants and read their articles that was published at the most popular webmagazine in Voronezh "Downtown")
Read Neil's article in Downtown web magazine here