Course date

6 July - 10 July, 2009
Application deadline
15 February, 2009
Course Director(s): 

Milena Dragicevic Sesic

University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

Dragan Klaic

Felix Meritis Foundation, Amsterdam / Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Peter Inkei

Budapest Observatory, Hungary

Chris Keulemans

Writer and Cultural Journalist, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This intensive one-week workshop addresses professional development needs of cultural journalists, editors and media managers as important mediators in a system of cultural production, distribution and reception. Since the majority of media gives less time and space for serious coverage of culture and concentrates instead on glamour, scandal and gossip, the course stresses the systemic features of culture (its personal and social developmental dimensions, and strong relations to other social fields, such are education, economy, social policy, etc), gives the participants an overview of cultural policy's outreach and in that way enables them to think and write in a critical sense about strategic cultural issues, with a systemic view and a grasp of complex systemic implications.

The objective of the course is to provide training in identifying and scrutinizing cultural policy issues at a practical, applied level of journalistic investigation, reporting and commentary; but also to motivate media professionals to develop a cultural policy of culture coverage in their own specific media and, possibly, establish mutually beneficial partnerships (programs, projects, campaigns etc) with diverse cultural actors. The course program is designed for 20-25 journalists, editors and media managers, mainly younger ones, from print, electronic and online media.

Assignments and assessment

Participants are expected to attend all workshop sessions, lectures and seminars, held daily in the morning and afternoon; to read workshop materials made available in advance and during the course; to participate in the discussions and debates. During the course, they will conduct field work by interviewing the representatives of five Budapest cultural institutions and then write journalistic pieces on them (in English or French), present them and debate them. Participants will be assessed on the basis of a) their contribution to the course; b) their written piece. Further revision of pieces will be expected and participants are encouraged to publish each other pieces in their home media. Participants will be issued a CEU certificate of completion of the course.

Preparatory work

Before attending the course, accepted participants are expected to familiarize themselves with the following websites on cultural policy issues and cultural practices:

Course literature

Accepted applicants will receive a list of recommended literature with their acceptance letter and a digital reader 30 days before the beginning of the course.