What we learn

At Hetq Media Factory we learn six main subjects: Investigative Journalism and Fact Checking, Data Journalism and Visualization, Mobile Journalism, Animation, Photo and Video Journalism, as well as Ethics and Media Legislation.

Investigative Journalism and Fact Checking
Data Journalism and Visualization
Photo and Video Journalism
Mobile Journalism
Animation
Ethics and Media Legislation

Investigative Journalism and Fact Checking

We will learn to choose investigation topics, find sources and use open information resources and financial documentation. We will study investigation methods that will allow us to uncover the non-declared property of officials and the real owners of business companies. We will monitor state procurement contracts and write about deals containing corruption risk.

 

Using fact checking tools and resources, we will be able to check the accuracy of the information and publish only reliable and verified materials. We will learn to differentiate “expired” and up-to-date information, segregate important information from gossip and intentionally disseminated false information. 

 

Reading

  • Books,
  • Podcasts,
  • Articles. 

 

Use of computers or software 

During the first week, the instructor will present the list of required software and accounts.

Computers and video equipment will be available to all students.

 

Assignments

  • Media related film discussions,
  • Brief review of most-known investigations,
  • Final story that has an investigative component.

Data Journalism and Visualization

We will learn to use databases, as well as acquire skills in data collection, sorting, filtering, analysis, and interpretation. We will study interactive tools and methods of visualization to communicate data via easy-to-read stories.

 

During the courses, we will study the accountability and social responsibility theories in journalism. The students will also get acquainted with the history of Computer-Assisted Reporting (use of computer programming and languages for data collection and analysis).

 

In the scope of the data visualization course, we will also obtain skills for the non-manipulative, literate representation of data while telling influential stories. 

 

Reading

  • Books, 
  • Electronic manuals, 
  • Reports, 
  • Scientific articles,
  • Podcasts.

 

Use of computers or software

R, SQL, Excel, mapping tools, Adobe Illustrator

 

During the first week, the instructor will present the list of required software and online accounts.

 

Computers and video equipment will be available to all students.

 

Assignments

  • Data collection and database construction,
  • Processing, sorting, filtering, cleaning and analysing data, 
  • Final data-driven story.

Photo and Video Journalism

We will study the applications of digital image processing and multimedia. We will be able to edit photos and videos on our own and build impressive photo/video stories. 

Before telling multimedia stories, we will get acquainted with the features of video equipment, the literate use of light and shadow, as well as the skills to get an impressive and vivid shot. We will study the best photo/video stories, analyze the details of their content and technical performance.

 

Reading

 

During the first week, the instructor will present the list of required reading materials.

 

Use of computers or software

 

Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator 

Computers and video equipment will be available to all students.

 

Assignments

 

  • Photo stories,
  • Video stories,
  • Shooting Hetq Media Factory events,
  • Final assignment: multimedia documentary project.

Mobile Journalism

Smartphones have become the main tool for creating media products. It’s time to familiarize ourselves with mobile applications that make everyday coverage easier. We will learn to use mobile applications for shooting and editing. We will tell stories with our smartphones and publish them on social networks.

 

We will cover critical issues and events through live broadcasts, turn long investigations into mobile stories and make in-depth research available to wider and younger segments of society.

 

Reading

During the first week, the instructor will present the list of required reading materials.

 

Use of computers or software

KineMaster, Ferrite, Teleprompter.

 

Smartphones will be available to all students.

 

Assignments

  • Telling investigative stories via smartphones,
  • Live broadcasts,
  • Hetq Media Factory events coverage in social media, 
  • Final assignment: a story told via smartphone.

Ethics and Media Legislation

Exchange of ideas, clash of opinions, encouragement of critical thinking, analysis of ethical dilemmas: this course will teach you to think. We will study how the law and ethics intersect and dissociate as two main principles regulating the media environment.

 

Reading

  • Reading in the auditorium,
  • Study of international and local precedents,
  • Articles on ethical dilemmas.

 

During the first week, the instructor will present the list of required reading materials.

 

Assignments

  • Reviews of precedents,
  • Discussion of books and articles,
  • Film discussions,
  • Final project: detailed analysis of a dilemma or a precedent. 

Animation

Since we like to combine technology, art and media content, we will learn to create illustrations and animations, and present complicated information in an artistic way.

During the course, we will learn to practice illustration and animation tools and try to use them in journalistic materials.

 

Reading 

 

During the first week, the instructor will present the list of required reading materials.

 

Use of computers or software

 

Adobe Premiere Pro, Illustrator, After Effects

 

Computers with appropriate software will be available to all students.

 

Assignments

  • Illustrations for Hetq Media Factory social networks,
  • Short animations, 
  • Final project: illustration series or animation.

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