Monday, April 15, 2013
The master classes for young journlaists and promising media professional on 3 May have been announced. Prior to the press freedom night event, Free Press Unlimited and partners will be organising a series of one off Master Classes that wil bring fresh insight into the workings of the media sector. The masters - who can't be found in Amsterdam very often - will share their expertise, answer questions and challenge conventional perspectives on the world. Be sure to register today, because there are only limited seats available for this unique event.

1. RTL Nieuws and BBC tell a story at World Press Freedom Day 

A Master Class in Storytelling: the ‘story’ has formed the very heart of journalism for more than two centuries. But what makes a good story in today’s multiplatform, multimedia world? Do we need stories any longer? And does journalists’ search for ‘a good story’ get in the way of reporting on bigger truths? What do RTL Nieuws correspondents have to deal with to tell a good story? ' What kind of stories do they search for to distinguish themselves? How do they succeed in being original time after time? What are the key elements they look for, telling the story in video and audio? 
Kevin Marsh – Founder and Director of OffspinMedia and former BBC Programme Editor 
Brecht je van de Moosdijk – Foreign News Editor RTL Nieuws 
Olaf Koens – Russia Correspondent for RTL Nieuws 

2. Master Class in Dutch: Te gast bij Pauw & Witteman 
Pauw & Wittenman is een toonaangevend en invloedrijk praatprogramma in Nederland. Hoe werkt deze redactie? Hebben ze net als in Rusland te maken met gasten die niet willen komen omdat de ‘enemy’ een week eerder aan tafel zat? Is het interview de oplossing om zonder gevaar riskante onderwerpen aan te kunnen snijden? Hoe blijf je onafhankelijk en zorg je dat de kijkers zelf hun mening kunnen vormen? In deze masterclass leer je interviewen van de besten: luisteren, samenvatten en doorvragen. De meest veelbelovende deelnemer aan deze masterclass, mag een middag en avond meedraaien op de redactie. 
Herman Meijer - Eindredacteur Pauw & Witteman en Rachel Franse - Redacteur Pauw & Witteman 

3. Reporting in the heart of a conflict area: Russian Region Caucasus 
According to journalists in Moscow, the real heroes – the ones who do their job in the face of countless difficulties – are the journalists in the Caucasus. What do they have to deal with to get their stories? Gregory Shvedov and his staff from Caucasian Knot work to keep the public informed of human rights violations in the Caucasus. What is the current state of human rights in Russia? Which impact does the rapidly introduced new legislation have? How do you manage to work as a journalist in this region, and what are your opportunities and threats in places like Dagestan and Chechnya? With inside information on the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, the 45-km road to Adler, Caucasian Knot movies and Q&As. 
Gregory Shvedov - Editor-in-Chief of Caucasian Knot, Director of the MEMO.RU Information Agency and Geuzenpenning laureate 

4. Crash course in mobile reporting with StoryMaker 
To say mobile reporting has made a tremendous mark on media the world over is something of an understatement. Many compelling news facts have been brought to the public’s attention through mobile reporting. StoryMaker is an app that helps mobile reporters to improve their stories at less risk to their personal safety. Some 600 professional and citizen reporters are currently being trained to use this app in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Iraq. Bring your Android device and learn how to create a video report, audio reportage or photo essay and upload it on the spot to the social media platform or website of your choice! Learn about the app, the training programme, the editing suite and the collaborative process through which this was developed. The StoryMaker app was developed by Free Press Unlimited, the Guardian Project and Small World News. 
Niels ten Oever - Free Press Unlimited 

5. Meet and Greet with Oleg Kashin 
Oleg Kashin gained a name for himself with his investigations into Russia’s youth movements. His reports served as the basis for the documentary Putin’s Kiss. And probably inspired the near-fatal attack on his life in 2010. Investigative journalism: how can you do this job in repressive states like Russia? 
Oleg Kashin - Russian journalist and blogger