The seminar

"The dead would have perished in vain if the living refuse to see you"

Robert Capa

Our aim is to summarize what we have learned in three decades so as to make the profession a little easier for those who are going to take over. We teach you how to put your work together, how to travel, how to read between the lines, how to observe and how to ask questions so as to understand what’s happening around you in a war zone or a place affected by a catastrophe. We also explain where to look for stories, how to write them and how to turn your vision and way of thinking into journalistic language in the most honest way possible. And, in hostile surroundings, in the safest way possible.

But this seminar doesn’t guarantee a journalist’s safety in a conflict zone. Academic lessons can’t replace experience and common sense. We can’t eliminate the dangers in a war zone. What we can do is share decades of experience so as to detect and minimize the risks we face and to know what to do in the worst cases. It’s a question of finding a balance between the risks we take and the news benefits we can obtain when taking them.

We want to pass along our practical experience but also the principles we’ve learned while exercising the profession: empathy toward the victims, a rigorous code of professional conduct, and humility are the pillars of a trade that is changing rapidly: it is being devoured by immediacy and the confusion of social media, and is being pushed toward banality by an increasingly superficial society. We think there are many readers who reject high-profile reporters and demand quality journalism that asks them questions instead of just confirming their ideas. And we think they’ll be able to recognize good journalism and find it wherever it is.

The six-day workshop is held every three months, with a maximum of eight students, which allows for ongoing personalized contact with the instructors. So as to maintain concentration and focus on debate, there are no cellphones or on-line devices.

Los interesados deben postularse con una declaración de intenciones donde expliquen qué les lleva a interesarse por esta especialidad. El taller podrá celebrarse en inglés si existe un cupo de ocho alumnos interesados con posibilidad de acudir en las mismas fechas.

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