Frequently asked questions

Q: Are participants required to attend all the sessions taking place on June 26 – June 30, August 21 – 25, November 27 – December 1, 2017?

A: Yes. Because the programme is grant-funded, all participants must be present at all the planned sessions.

Q: Where will the programme take place?

A: It will be held in Riga, Latvia, a beautiful city of nearly 700,000 inhabitants. All sessions will be held at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga on Strēlnieku 4a.

Q: Who will teach the sessions?

A: Several lecturers will come from the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP); other from UK and USA, all of them working with major news organizations and universities.

Q: Other than the skills I will gain, what else will the programme provide?

A: All participants will receive a diploma, and will participate in building a lasting network of international and regional journalists, editors, and researchers — one that connects to and builds upon the network already working in the Baltic States. Participants may be invited to future summer schools with the possibility of getting part of the costs covered by a scholarship.

Q: Who funds this programme?

A: All participants will be generously funded through a grant from the Swedish Institute as part of the Swedish support for the EU Eastern Partnership. The Eastern Partnership builds on a donation, which established the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga, given by the Anne-Marie and Gustaf Ander Foundation for Media Research in Karlstad, Sweden. In previous years, some supplementary grants have helped cover additional costs.

Q: Will Russian translators be provided?

A: The working language of the programme is English, and all participants must be able to follow the lectures and interact in English.

Q: Where will participants stay?

A: Participants will stay in a four star hotel not more than a five-minute walk from the programme venue.

Q: Where will lunch take place?

A: Lunch will be served in either the SSE Riga cafeteria or at the participants' hotel.

Q: Can you tell me more about the organizers, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga and the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)?

A: For detailed information please visit the websites of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) Centre for Media Studies at www.sseriga.edu/en/centres/media-centre/ and the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project at www.occrp.org

Q: Has this programme taken place in previous years?

A: Yes, in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga held the Journalism for Future Challenges programme.
Photos from the Graduation Ceremony in 2014: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sse_riga/sets/72157649091713389
Photos from the Graduation Ceremony in 2015: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sse_riga/albums/72157662028907511
Photos from the Graduation Ceremony in 2016: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sse_riga/albums/72157680474625920