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ladka Baurova, Rob cameron and Jerremy Druker _ bloomberg, BBC and TOL representatives in Prague. They talked a little about freelancer journalists and about journalism in foreign countries. it found out that it’s very difficult to work in another country, especially when you are freelancer. ” you have be very openminded, it might make you to change you ideas, you had come in that country”,-said Ladka Baurova. as it was said on the meeting freelance journalsits are to sell their work to different media organisations, to earn enough money for leaving. on such difficult situation, Jerremy Druker said that way out is to work hard, to talk with people and receive information from them. Ladka baurova considers that good job is to make people surprise. another issue is opportunity and security of freelane journalists. as Rob cameron says its difficult to make really good story, when you do not know the language of that country. for him it,s difficult to orientate, to get contacts and nessesary information. all of them thinks that journalists must be ethical first of all. they toled that had concret moments offer to ahve lunch with respodents or a trip by a halicopter, but they said had rejected. in spite of such difficulties, sometimes people trust foreign journalsits, more then their own country representative ones. BBC corespondet says it really happens and it’s dependes on the country and on the situation in it.

Laura’s Five Photo Choices

Hello All:

As groups of story and photo editors, you all were tasked with selecting five images out of 28 as your top choices. You were also asked to write your reasoning for your choices. What I heard during the exercise were lots of discussion, some bargaining, compromising, voting, deciding.

What the exercise did, in part, was to show you the power of group decisionmaking. When you are compelled to say aloud the reasons for your choices, you must be concrete instead of choosing from impulse or whim. You open yourself to hearing the reasoning of others with differing points of view. You possibly change the way you see when you hear a well-reasoned point of view supporting another choice. All of these serve journalism and take the burden off of one to make decisions that will appeal to many.

The five images that most compelled me were those of Krisztina (the dentist), Oksana (the horn player in the tower), Ana (walking the dogs), Anna (the bird’s-eye view of the crowd gathered at the clock) and Lili (two friends eating lunch). I have to say that I chose Lili’s with some reservations as she did not have the full name of her subjects. But if you read my comments that follow each of these photos, you will see the way I reasoned my choices as well.

Those of you who tried did valiant jobs with this exercise. It’s about the eye, not the equipment. And the eye can be activated just as the mind can be encouraged to experiment.



Language Lessons

Can you define all these terms connected with journalism?



Watch dog

Public trust


Authorization (sometimes called prior review)







Off the record




State secret


Conflict of interest


For All Stories

1. Write the facts as you see them.

2. A story (any kind of story) without a source is a source of trouble.

3. A source is not a source when the story is based on rumor.

4. When in doubt, cut it out.

5. Prejudge no one.

6. Divorce comment from news.

7. Commentators are not exempt from the duty to be accurate.

8. Enlighten, lest we fail to understand one another.

Photojournalism by Samaruddin Stewart

Photos by Allie Brill

Photos by Liudmyla Kushnir

Samaruddin Stewart’s presentation to the EJI2011 class started and ended on a dramatic note.

The discussion on photojournalism, led by Stewart, opened with a video from Reuters on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Images of athletes in various stages of defeat, victory – and all other emotions in between–were captured by photojournalists assigned to cover the event.

The video was used by Steward to show the duty of photojournalists to capture moments in a way that takes the reader or viewer from his armchair to the event, time or place so he can all at once being part of it and living it.

“This is what differentiates photography from photojournalism,” began Stewart. “Its qualities of timeliness and narration.”

Within this framework, the basic principles of photojournalism were discussed:

  1. Pictures must convey an emotion
  2. Pictures must tell a story
  3. Pictures must compel people into action

Ethical considerations were also discussed in the class and how photo manipulation and enhancement should be limited. “The duty of an image or a photo is to represent the truth,” Steward stressed.

The  discussion ended with another video, this time of a more haunting one. Entitled “Unwanted”, the documentary used still images, mixed in with video to tell the story of women in India who are unwanted from the time they are born to their death—simply because they are girls.

Starting a Career in Photojournalism

For those who want to start a career in photojournalism, Stewart suggests taking as many pictures as you can and reviewing and critiquing them. “Get on the Getty site and compare your pictures to the ones taken there. How do they stack up?”. It is also important to establish contacts and map out a  network.

Some resources suggested by Stewart:

  • Look 3
  • Pot Luck Slide Show
  • NPPA
  • The Big Picture
  • The Atlantic
  • In Focus (blog)


About Samaruddin Stewart:

Stewart published his first news photograph in 1998. Since then, he has traveled to over 60 countries, spanning 6 continents covering major sporting and entertainment events. Stewart has worked for various wire agencies and  more recently, directed photo operations for AOL News, Sports and Entertainment News.

Stewart holds a B.A. degree in Journalism and a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism. He is currently a full time student, finishing working on a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at the Central European University. “I want to get an idea of how to better mix journalism with other revenue streams”. He will be finished in a couple of weeks and looks forward to finally going on “a vacation”.

Everyday life

by Liudmyla Kushnir

Jirka Bartosek, 22 years old, has been working as a security one year. Today he is working for the VIP party for Harry Potter’s fans that will begin in some hours.

Everyday life

The Czech policeman  does his job well.

Vaclavske nameste

by Kateryna Andrushchenko

No pain, no gain?


20110712-183850.jpg no pain, no gain? Robert Pulchart, a 36 year old sales representative from Prague having the finishing touches of his root canal treatment at a lush downtown dental clinic.
His treatment at the private dentist’s costs 2000-2500 czk, a fraction of what you would pay anywhere in Western Europe. While Robert’s insurance does not cover private care, he still opts for this because, as he explains ‘when you pay you dont wait.’
Robert’s been with his dentist for the past 2 years and says he completely trusts her. The office is not only elegantly decorated and well-equipped, a flat screen tv hanging from the ceiling above the dentist’s chair ensures that patients are entertained while getting a dental fix. Krisztina K