The European Journalism Institute (EJI) is a week-long journalism training program held in Prague that brings together approximately 25 early to mid-career journalists and upper-level journalism students from around the world. The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) and The Media Project (TMP) cohost the program, with academic credit offered through Anglo-American University. EJI participants engage with industry professionals to expand their understanding of religion in public life, explore fundamental issues related to journalism ethics, and boost reporting skills through lectures and workshops. The experience also challenges participants to consider the importance of independent, fact-based journalism as a foundation of liberty and free societies.
TFAS and The Media Project co-host EJI to encourage an intellectually honest and critical approach to subjects related to religion, liberty, and ethics in journalism. We seek to challenge and equip journalists and future media professionals to cover religion as an essential part of public life and advance individual freedom, human achievement and personal responsibility through their life’s work.
The program contains four core academic components: conflict and religion reporting, journalism ethics, creating effective leads, and photojournalism. By delving into the life experiences and expertise of our faculty and guest lecturers, participants will survey best practices in the industry and how to navigate the social, economic, and political complexities of an ever-evolving media landscape. Participants will receive 1.5 ECTS credit hours from Anglo-American University upon successful completion of the program.
Over the course of the week, class time is interspersed with opportunities to visit famous sites in Prague and get to know the other participants better through organized social events. The range of nationalities, religions, and ethnicities represented at the program gives participants the chance to interact, learn and share their experiences in ways that can benefit their educational and professional development.
Ibrahim Al-Marashi, California State University San Marcos
PROFESSOR – RELIGION AND CONFLICT REPORTING
Ibrahim Al-Marashi is an Associate Professor of Middle East History at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Formally, he taught courses on Conflict Resolution in the Middle East, and Conflict Resolution and the Media at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, and at the UN University of Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has worked with organizations such as UNDP, UNESCO, and other NGOs on developing media in post-conflict environments, particularly Iraq.
His research deals with the security issues in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, and is the co-author of Iraq’s Armed Forces: An Analytical History (Routledge, 2008) and The Modern History of Iraq (Westview, 2017), and the Modern History of the Middle East (Routledge 2018).
He obtained his D.Phil. at University of Oxford, completing a thesis on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He is also a 2001 graduate of TFAS’ Institute for Political and Economic Studies (IIPES) convened in Chania, Greece. Ibrahim is an Iraqi-American who lived at various times in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, and Turkey, and has travelled extensively through the Middle East, Balkans, East Africa, and South Asia.
Sean Gallup, Getty Images
PROFESSOR – PHOTOJOURNALISM
Mr. Sean Gallup is chief news photographer in Germany for Getty Images. Based in Berlin, he assigns and produces news and features coverage with a team of freelance photographers for Getty in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
His photographs appear regularly in news publications and outlets across the globe and have appeared on the front pages and covers of Time, Newsweek International, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Irish Times, Financial Times, Toronto Star, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Sueddeutsche Zeitung, among others. Sean photographed a series of portraits relating to right-wing extremism that was initially exhibited at the Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden in 2013 and subsequently toured to 12 venues across Germany.
Sean is also author of “Journeys Into Czech-Moravian Texas.” He has a bachelor of arts in political science from Williams College and a master of arts in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Paul Glader, The King’s College in New York City and The Media Project
PROFESSOR – religion reporting, BUSINESS reporting, AND media ETHICS
Mr. Paul Glader teaches writing, journalism and business-related courses at The King’s College in New York City and is the executive director of The Media Project. He also directs the McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute, the NYC Semester in Journalism program and is adviser to the student online newspaper, print magazine and video platform – the Empire State Tribune. He is residency director for the business reporting program of the Dow Jones News Fund. Glader was the Laventhol/Newsday visiting professor at Columbia Journalism School in the Spring of 2018, serving as lead faculty for the Masters of Arts business seminar.An award-winning journalist, Glader spent 10 years as a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, covering a variety of beats including technology, travel, metals and mining, health and science, and finance. He’s written for countless other publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, TheNewYorker.com, Indianapolis Star, The Associated Press, Der Spiegel Online, FastCompany.com, USA Today and ESPN.com. He has appeared on national TV and radio programs including CNBC, Fox Business and WSJ Radio. He currently writes for several national magazines including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, ChristianityToday and The American Legion and edits a page on creativity and leadership at Forbes.com.
Glader is a two-time alumnus of the TFAS programs, having completed the Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) in Washington, D.C. in 1999 and the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) in 2000 in Prague. Glader received a bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of South Dakota and his master’s degree from Columbia University in New York as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Graduate School of Business in 2007-08. He is currently an executive MBA candidate at The Berlin School of Creative Leadership at Steinbeis University in Germany. Glader lived in Germany from 2011-13, first as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow and then as a European Journalism Fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin. He enjoys surfing, reading and traveling with his wife and daughters.
David Rocks, Bloomberg News
PROFESSOR – Feature writing, international enterprise reporting, and business Reporting
Mr. David Rocks is a senior editor for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg BusinessWeek in Berlin, shepherding European coverage for the magazine and helping journalists from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa tell their stories and improve their writing. Previously, he was senior editor for global news at BusinessWeek, overseeing correspondents and coordinating bureaus from Mexico City to Mumbai. Rocks was the magazine’s Asia editor for four years, leading coverage in Asia and writing his own stories about technology, politics, design trends and more. He also served as managing editor of e.biz, a monthly technology supplement to BusinessWeek, and as a correspondent in the magazine’s Atlanta bureau.
Before joining BusinessWeek, Rocks spent eight years in Prague as a correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. Prior to that, he was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse. His work both for BusinessWeek and other publications has taken him to scores of countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Rocks has taught journalism and led seminars at universities in Colorado, Indiana, California, India and Jordan. He has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and a Master of Arts in international communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
The following is a list of past guests speakers at EJI. During the program, you can expect to hear from many prominent thought leaders like the ones listed below.
David Blevins of Ireland
senior ireland correspondent for Sky news
Jakub Janda of Czech Republic
executive director of the European Values Think-Tank and head of the Kremlin Watch Program
Edward Lucas of the United Kingdom
senior vice president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), former senior editor at The Economist, long-serving foreign correspondent in Berlin, Vienna, Moscow and the Baltic states
Barbora Maronkova of the Slovak Republic
director of the NATO Information and Document Center in Ukraine
Ivan Mikloš of the Slovak Republic
former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic and former chief advisor to the Minister of Finance of Ukraine
Vladimir Vaňo of Slovakia
head of communications for SK-NIC and group economist for CentralNic Group PLC
Walking Tour of Prague
On one of the first days of the program, participants go on a walking tour of the beautiful, historical city, including sites such as the grounds of Prague Castle, the narrow streets of Staré Město (Old Town), the statue of St. John of Nepomuk on the Charles Bridge and the world famous Prague Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square.
During EJI participants will gather at a local bowling alley to get to know each other and to exercise their bowling skills.
Accommodation + Meals
As part of EJI, participants will stay in Anglo American University (AAU) student housing in Holešovice, named one of the “10 coolest neighborhoods of Europe” by The Guardian in February 2020. The double occupancy dorm rooms are fully equipped, and the building includes a shared kitchen and free WiFi. TFAS staff will assign same-gender roommates from different countries to promote cross-cultural exchange.
Lunch will be provided at AAU throughout the program, and every effort will be made to include alternatives for participants with special dietary requirements (kosher, vegetarian, etc.) due to religion and/or lifestyle. Participants are free for breakfast and dinner to explore the abundance of local restaurants and cafes.
Participants are provided with a Prague Public Transportation Metro Pass. This pass is used on all forms of public transportation within the Prague city limits: trams, buses, and the metro. More details about the Prague Public Transportation system will be given to the participants prior to arriving to Prague.
The neighborhood surrounding the dorm is home to a variety of coffee houses, pubs, shops, and supermarkets. By taking the tram from the U Průhonu tram stop, you could find yourself walking through the grounds of Prague Castle, strolling along the streets of Malá Strana (Lesser Town), crossing the Vlatava River on the famous Charles Bridge, exploring Staré Město (Old Town), gazing at the Prague Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, or walking through Wenceslas Square, the site of historic protests during the Prague Spring of 1968 and the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
Please note this schedule gives an idea of the program’s general structure and is subject to change. Participants will receive the final schedule prior to the start of EJI.
|12:00PM – 4:00PM||Registration|
|7:00PM – 10:00PM||Group Dinner and Orientation|
|8:30AM||Depart with Staff to Classroom|
|9:00AM – 11:00AM||Paul Glader Lecture: Entrepreneurial Journalism|
|11:00AM – 11:15AM||Break|
|11:15AM – 12:45PM||Ibrahim Al-Marashi Lecture: Journalism and the Clash of Civilizations|
|12:45PM – 2:15PM||Lunch|
|2:15PM – 3:30PM||Guest Lecture on Russia Disinformation Campaign and Effects on Journalism|
|3:45PM – 5:00PM||Sean Gallup Lecture: Photojournalism Part I|
|5:15PM – 7:00PM||Walking Tour of Prague|
|9:00AM – 10:30AM||Guest Lecture on Media and Revolutions|
|10:30AM – 10:45AM||Break|
|10:45AM – 12:30PM||Sean Gallup Lecture: Photojournalism Part II|
|1:00PM – 2:30PM||Lunch|
|2:45PM – 4:00PM||Paul Glader Lecture II: Ethics in Business Journalism|
|4:00PM – 4:15PM||Break|
|4:15PM – 5:30PM||David Rocks Lecture I|
|7:45PM – 11:00PM||Bowling|