Free online courses:

Reporting safely during the pandemic

Certificate available upon completion of the course.

Months into the pandemic, it can feel like our isolated lifestyle may never end. During this challenging time, The Amsterdammer put in place a small toolkit to help you in the coverage of and during the pandemic.

  1. Mental health during the pandemic:
    1. Taking care of yourself
    2. Stress management program for journalists
  2. Pre-coverage:
    1. Finding sources
    2. Risk assessments
    3. Travel and transportation
    4. Safety measures
    5. Fact-checking and fake news
  3. Producing the story:
    1. Tips for reporters
    2. Tips for remote interviewing
    3. Obituaries in the time of Coronavirus
    4. Tips for editors
    5. Tips for photojournalists
  4. Takeaway

30

MINUTES

News writing

Certificate available upon completion of the course.

The course will provide students with news writing skills from finding story ideas to doing successful interviews. Students will learn and practice journalistic writing basics, including leads and body content, quotes and attributions.

  1. Introduction to news writing
    1. Newsworthiness
    2. Finding a story
    3. Types of sources
    4. Evaluating source expertise
  2. Interviewing techniques
    1. Protecting your source
    2. Preparing for the interview
    3. Habits during the interview
  3. Writing your article
    1. Article structure
    2. Writing a headline
    3. Writing leads
    4. Common AP Style guidelines
    5. Quotations and attributions
  4. Media Ethics
    1. Accuracy
    2. Treatment of sources
    3. Avoiding bias
    4. Minimizing harm
    5. Avoiding conflicts of interest
  5. Quiz

40

MINUTES

News editing

Certificate available upon completion of the course.

In this course, students will acquire basic journalism skills. They will learn how to decide whether a story is newsworthy and how to interact with reporters. This course explores the editorial processes to oversee and edit both the structure and mistakes in the form.

  1. Commissioning stories
    1. News values
    2. Editor/reporter relationship
  2. News style and article structure
    1. Editing a headline
    2. Editing a lede
    3. The inverted pyramid
    4. Stylebooks
    5. CCAFFE rule
  3. Editing process
    1. Read the text
    2. Fix mistakes
    3. Look at the big picture
    4. Question all the facts
    5. Revise the article
    6. Last edition
  4. Reporters’ perspective
    1. 4 stages of editorial grief
    2. Think like an editor
    3. Improve your writing
  5. Quiz

20

MINUTES

Investigative journalism

Certificate available upon completion of the course.

Investigative journalism is a key actor of the role of journalists as watchdogs. Investigative journalism provides truth about people from government and other entities such as corporations who attempt to keep their often illegal activities secret. Its purpose is expose such actions so that those involved can be held accountable.

This course aims to introduce students to the essentials of investigative journalism and show how it diverges from traditional news coverage.

This workshop is composed of the following sections:

  1. Investigative journalism essentials: 
    1. Defining investigative journalism
    2. Characteristics of an investigative journalist
    3. Finding a story
    4. Getting started with the investigation
    5. Podcast
  2. Doing your investigation:
    1. Research techniques
    2. Creating a network of sources
    3. Time management
    4. Interviewing your sources
    5. Finding information online
    6. Data journalism
    7. Health and Medicine
    8. Databases
  3. Finishing your investigative story:
    1. Fact-check and verification
    2. Ethics-check
    3. Writing your investigative piece
    4. Editing investigative stories

It will end with a 15-minute quiz. If you get a score of 70% or higher, you will be able to obtain a certificate for this course.

50

MINUTES

Photojournalism

Certificate available upon completion of the course.

In this course, students will learn basic rules of photojournalism and learn how to write captions, select their images and create strong visual narratives.

  1. Introduction to photojournalism
    1. Photojournalism, documentary photography and street photography
  2. Writing captions
    1. Importance of captions
    2. Collecting information
    3. Caption structure
    4. Writing a caption
  3. Post-production: Archiving and sending the information
    1. Archiving systems
    2. File formats
    3. Sending files
  4. Post-production: Editing process
    1. What editing is in photojournalism
    2. Composition
    3. The wide shot
    4. The details
    5. Covering all the angles
  5. Ethics and Manipulation
    1. Identifying sensitive topics
    2. Student journalist code of ethics
    3. Consent
    4. Photo manipulations

30

MINUTES

Past courses:

Photojournalism Workshop

Tutor: Isabel Bonnet

The Amsterdammer organizes its first workshop!

We will be teaching the rules of photojournalism and giving some tips and advices on how to cover events: from political demonstrations to protests.

The workshop will be hosted by Isabel Bonnet, the founder of The Amsterdammer. Isabel has had her work published in several newspapers such as Tal Cual Digital, Cadena Capriles online and Le Monde. In 2017, she was co-winner of the second place of the Florida Society of News Editors journalism contest for the “News Photography” section with the photo coverage of Pulse aftermath in Orlando and Gainesville. Isabel has covered major events such as the 2016 Presidential race in Florida, photographing Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as the 2017 Presidential election day in Paris for Le Monde.

Ticket: 3€
The Amsterdammer staff: free

3

May 2018

Workshop: Review-writing

Tutor: Rebecca Took

Reviewing is a skill, requiring not only a confident and persuasive writing style, but a knowledge of your subject area and an ability to liaise with production staff. In this workshop we will discuss the dos-and-don’ts of reviewing, examining what makes a good review – and a good reviewer – and help you to develop your critical, yet compassionate, voice.

Day: Thursday 9th May
Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
Tutor: Rebecca Took
Location: REC campus (Room TBA on the day)
Capacity: 25
Price: €5

9

MAY 2018

Course: Digital Photography Level 1

Tutor: Isabel Bonnet

The first level is designed for beginners looking for an initiation of digital photography by taking a hands-on approach.

The program includes operation and use of a camera, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field, and exposure errors. Students will work on both the technical and conceptual aspects of photography, through theoretical classes and practical exercises evaluated in the next two sessions.

The course is divided into three sessions:

– Monday, May 6th, at 8 P.M.
– Wednesday, May 8th, at 8 P.M.
– Monday, May 13th, at 8 P.M.

Digital cameras are required for the individual exercises and preferred for the meetings.

Number of sessions: 3
Price: 30€
Rostra Economica staff: 25€

The Amsterdammer staff: 5€
Max. Capacity: 20 people

Location TBA. You will receive an email one week before with all the practical information.

6/8/13

MAY 2018

Workshop: Creative Writing

Tutor: Kate Shylo

We all carry worlds inside of us that are begging to be released and expressed, whether on paper, through music or on a canvas. But where do we start? How do we dig deep into ourselves and finally find those inner worlds? How do we find the right voice to express them? In this creative writing workshop, participants will learn how to tackle the stories that lie deep within, how to play around with different writing techniques and hopefully get inspired to start writing that poetry collection or finish that novel that has been gathering dust in a corner.

DAY:
April 8, 2019
TUTOR:
Kate Shylo
TIME:
7pm-8:30pm
LOCATION:
Roeterseilandcampus, room to be announced on the day of the workshop
MAXIMUM CAPACITY:
12
DEADLINE TO SIGN-UP:
April 5, 2019

8

April 2019

Workshop: Photojournalism

Tutor: Isabel Bonnet

We will talk about the art and importance of visual storytelling. We will discuss what photojournalism means, how to do it, and what you are able to accomplish with it. We will explore the difference between a feature and a photo story, as well as explain how to tell a story through photography. How can you make your images stronger? Which pictures are necessary for journalism? What information do you need to retrieve as a photographer?
Bringing a camera is not required.

Time: Tuesday March 19, from 6:30-7:30pm
Tutor: Isabel Bonnet
Location: Roeterseilandcampus (the room will be announced on Tuesday morning)
Price: 7€
Amsterdammer staff: free
Rostra staff: 3€

19

March 2019

Workshop: News Editing

Tutor: Isabel Bonnet

News editing is an important function in the field of journalism. There is a lot of ignorance among the public regarding the importance of editing the news. Students will learn to approach the printed word in a more analytical and critical way, allowing them to spot errors quickly and have the confidence to rewrite everyday text into concise, precise and compelling editorial copy at high speed. Last but not least, they will understand the difference between copy editing and proofreading.

Day: Monday March 18, 2019
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Tutor: Isabel Bonnet and Naina Parasher
Location: Roeterseilandcampus (exact location will be announced in the morning)
Max capacity: 25 people
Price: 6 Euros

18

March 2019

Workshop: News Writing

Tutor: Isabel Bonnet

The course will prepare students for the professional world of news-writing, introducing them to writing in newspapers and the interview-process behind them. Students will learn and practice journalistic writing basics, including leads and body content, quotes and attribution, and techniques for covering speakers and events.
Further details regarding the room will be announced on the day of the workshop.

Days:
– Monday, February the 4th from 2-3pm
– Tuesday, February the 5th from 2-3pm
Location: Roeterseilandcampus
Max capacity: 25 people
Price: 5€
Amsterdammer staff: free

5

February 2019

Workshop: Copy Editing

Tutor: Fergus O’Dowd

Being a copy-editor and proofreader can be a satisfying job in the writing industry, whether you work as a freelancer from home or in-house for a company. Copy-editing and proofreading are practical skills, and can only be studied through practice.

Students will learn to approach the printed word in a more analytical and critical way, allowing them to spot errors quickly and have the confidence to rewrite everyday text into concise, precise and compelling editorial copy at high speed. Last but not least, they will understand the difference between copy editing and proofreading.

Day: Wednesday, Nov. 28
Time: 7:00-8:00 P.M.
Tutor: Fergus O’Dowd
Location: Roeterseilandcampus
Max capacity: 25 people
Price: 5€

29

November 2018

Course: Photography Level 1

Tutor: Isabel Bonnet

The first level is designed for beginners looking for an initiation of digital photography by taking a hands-on approach. The program includes operation and use of a camera, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field, and exposure errors. Students will work on both the technical and conceptual aspects of photography, through theoretical classes and practical exercises evaluated in the next two sessions.

The course costs 30€ in total, which includes the 3-days classes and the feedbacks. Additionally, you can pay 10€ to sit for an hour to build your portfolio.

Bring your camera and don’t forget to sign up for the course by October 25.

Max capacity: 25 people
Price: 30€
Requirement: DSLR camera

13

November 2018

Workshop: News Writing

Tutor: Isabel Bonnet

The course will prepare students for the professional world of news-writing, introducing them to writing in newspapers and the interview-process behind them. Students will learn and practice journalistic writing basics, including leads and body content, quotes and attribution, and techniques for covering speakers and events.

Day: Monday, October 29
Time: 7:00-8:30 P.M.
Location: Roeterseilandcampus
Max capacity: 25 people
Price: 5€

29

October 2018

Workshop: Photojournalism

Tutor: Isabel Bonnet

We will talk about the art and importance of visual storytelling. We will discuss what photojournalism means, how to do it, and what you are able to accomplish with it. We will explore the difference between a feature and a photo story, as well as explain how to tell a story through photography. How can you make your images stronger? Which pictures are necessary in journalism? What information do you need to retrieved as a photographer?

WHEN?
Wednesday the 19th at 7PM

WHERE?
LOCATION: Roeterseilandcampus, Project Room A2.05

HOW MUCH?
Ticket: 3€
Amsterdammer staff: free

19

September 2018

Course: Photography Level 1

Tutor: Yunfu Duan

The first level is designed for beginners looking for an initiation in digital photography. The program includes: operation and use of camera, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field, and exposure errors. Students will work on both the technical and conceptual aspects of photography, through theoretical classes and practical exercises evaluated in an optional second session.

The workshop will be given by second-year communication science student Yunfu Duan, a photographer of the Amsterdammer. He has experience filming music videos and documentaries.

Location: Roeterseilandcampus, room C1.06
Time: 5:00pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

18

May 2018

Workshop: Photojournalism

Tutor: Isabel Bonnet

The Amsterdammer organizes its first workshop!

We will be teaching the rules of photojournalism and giving some tips and advices on how to cover events: from political demonstrations to protests.

The workshop will be hosted by Isabel Bonnet, the founder of The Amsterdammer. Isabel has had her work published in several newspapers such as Tal Cual Digital, Cadena Capriles online and Le Monde. In 2017, she was co-winner of the second place of the Florida Society of News Editors journalism contest for the “News Photography” section with the photo coverage of Pulse aftermath in Orlando and Gainesville. Isabel has covered major events such as the 2016 Presidential race in Florida, photographing Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as the 2017 Presidential election day in Paris for Le Monde.

Ticket: 3€
The Amsterdammer staff: free

3

May 2018

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