Study program

Journalism And Contemporary Media

The aim of this program is to introduce course participants with the core principles and functions of democratic journalism and national as well as regional regulations, also to provide journalism theory knowledge and to develop practical journalism skills that are needed in contemporary media landscape.

During this course, students will acquire basic knowledge of how to work for radio, television, print and online newsrooms and will get a unique internship possibility in Lithuanian media organisations.

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Studies start: 2021-10-01

Program

During theory classes and practical seminars students will acquire the knowledge on the essential techniques to construct journalistic messages. Different genres, editing strategies for different media types will be introduced and analyzed, as well as the principles of photojournalism, the essential rules for video recording in journalistic photography.

Knowledge of how to ethically collect, edit and publish information using certain channels and genres will be provided. Media laws and codes of ethics will be presented and explained by law professionals. Media psychology, sociology, and media’s role in political processes will be explained by academics and professionals of other fields.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, case studies, simulations, modelling of real world situations, professional practice in media organisations (in editorial offices or with individual mentors).

 

Study structure

110 academic hours, three fundamental courses:

  • Media and Journalism Theory
  • Journalism Practice

Media and Journalism Theory

  • What is the media? Media, Politics and Business: Strategies for Coexistence and Survival
  • Four Lithuanian media leagues. Media in a changing world. Freedom of the press, censorship and self-censorship
  • Media and ethics. Society, media and law
  • Internet media features. What should be the relationship between a journalist and a reader on how to build an audience online?
  • Content on the portal – free?
  • Media policy in Lithuania
  • Propaganda and the media

Journalism Practice

  • Editing and creative writing
  • Topical talk shows on TV
  • Story: the art of repetition
  • Foreign news: how to work with foreign news agencies and engage the viewer
  • Discussion radio shows
  • Radio Documentary
  • Methods of investigative journalism
  • Photo report: who, where, when?
  • Public speech
  • TV features: talk shows
  • Journalist’s work in extreme conditions and reports from “hotspots”
  • Satire in the media: is it journalism?
  • Basic strategies of journalistic writing, informational and analytical genres

Lecturers

Team of program’ lecturers consists of highly experienced and skilled journalists, media researchers and leaders of media enterprises. They all work on the national and international level and have interest in media education. The list of teachers as well as the program itself is reviewed every year and new professionals are being invited to share their knowledge and experience.

Indrė Makaraitytė

Head of the Study Program

Indrė Makaraitytė

Author and leader of Journalism Centre’s Contemporary Journalism and Media study programme. Journalist, political commentator, anchor of political daily TV program ‘Comment of the Day’ on INFO TV.

Laima Abromaitytė

Laima Abromaitytė

General director and editor-in-chief of ‘‘Žinių radijas‘‘ with more than 20 years of experience working in radio, including 18 years in management positions. He started his career in the media from studies at the Lithuanian Journalism Centre.

Mindaugas Aušra

Mindaugas Aušra

Journalist of the LRT.lt research department, who has been working in the media for 10 years, prepared and hosted the LRT television show "Pinigų karta", produced the show "Misija: Vilnija". He is currently preparing and running a radio show "PIN kodas".

Asta Bajorienė

Asta Bajorienė

Lawyer, specializing in media law and personal data protection, representing media companies, journalists in courts of all types and instances, out-of-court dispute resolution bodies.

Ričardas Baltaduonis

Ričardas Baltaduonis

Head of the LRT Internet Department with many years of management experience for internet portals.

Gediminas Cibulskis

Gediminas Cibulskis

Human of ideas and stories, creative professional in advertising. Creator of the interactive kids’ story “Worm Nameless”. Former journalist at 15min.lt - one of the biggest internet dailies in Lithuania. Currently - creative director of "carVertical".

Paulius Čelkis

Paulius Čelkis

Lawyer, doctor of laws, advising media companies on legal issues, teaching media law at university.

Adrija Čepaitė

Adrija Čepaitė

Actress of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, associate professor of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, one of the most qualified teachers of stage language, eloquence and linguistic expression. Founder of the ''Go Forward Academy''.

Jurgita Čeponytė

Jurgita Čeponytė

LRT.lt research department journalist, formerly working for ''Laisvės TV'', prepares and hosts the radio show "PIN kodas".

Benas Gerdžiūnas

Benas Gerdžiūnas

Is the editor at LRT English and a multimedia journalist previously reporting from the EU, Balkans, Belarus, Middle East and Ukraine. Published by ''AFP'', ''Al Jazeera'', ''Bloomberg Magazine'', ''DW'', ''Politico'', ''Spiegel'', ''The Independent'', ''Vice News'', and others.

Džina Donauskaitė

Džina Donauskaitė

Director of the Lithuanian Journalism Centre. Has more than 10 years journalistic experience working and contributing to various newsrooms in Lithuania.

Deimantas Jastramskis

Deimantas Jastramskis

Associate professor of the faculty of Communication, Vilnius University, associate professor of the center for journalism and media research, media researcher. Former head of the Lithuanian Journalism Centre.

Rūta Juknevičiūtė

Rūta Juknevičiūtė

LRT.lt research department, "InfoTV" journalist, who has accumulated considerable experience in working in television and in the press.

Haroldas Mackevičius

Haroldas Mackevičius

Lithuanian humorist, screenwriter, TV show producer. One of the creators of the show "Dviračio šou‘‘.

Indrė Makaraitytė

Indrė Makaraitytė

Author and leader of Journalism Centre’s Contemporary Journalism and Media study programme. Journalist, political commentator, anchor of political daily TV program ‘Comment of the Day’ on INFO TV.

Nerijus Maliukevičius

Nerijus Maliukevičius

Professor at the Institute of political science and international relations of Vilnius university, expert of political conflicts and the media, information wars and Russia studies.

Šarūnas Mažeika

Šarūnas Mažeika

Photojournalist, professional photographer, DELFI TV and PHOTO department manager.

Paulius Paulaitis

Paulius Paulaitis

15min.lt digital project manager, former DELFI Plus editor. Specializes in the development of digital media subscriptions.

Vaida Pilibaitytė

Vaida Pilibaitytė

Experienced LRT radio journalist, author of award-winning programs. Specializes in environmental and scientific journalism and holds a master's degree in international journalism and environmental sciences, politics, and management. From 2017 focuses on the genre of radio documentary.

Vykintas Pugačiauskas

Vykintas Pugačiauskas

One of the main editors of foreign news at the national public broadcaster’s LRT TV news service. From 2011 to 2014 he was serving as a diplomat at the Lithuanian representative office in Brussels.

Evaldas Tamariūnas

Evaldas Tamariūnas

Radio and television journalist and photographer (worked for radio ''Žinių radijas“, LRT TV program about drivers, roads and automobiles). Currently, serves as a press officer at the Directorate of Automobile Roads.

Rasa Tapinienė

Rasa Tapinienė

Journalist, translator, host of LRT television programs ‘‘Dienos tema“, ‘‘Laba diena, Lietuva“, ‘‘Svarbi valanda" and ‘‘Lietuva kalba". Former head of the LRT radio news service. She worked as a reviewer and news reporter for the radio station M-1 Plus, worked for a decade in the LNK News Service as a political and business reporter, created the Internet portal ‘‘Pinigų karta’’Money Generation, and hosted the ‘‘Info TV’’ information show ‘‘Infodiena‘‘.

Rimvydas Valatka

Rimvydas Valatka

Journalist, editor, political commentator. During his 3 decades-long career in journalism, he lead the biggest national newsrooms – lrytas.lt, 15min.lt, “Veidas”. He is also the Signatory of the Act of Independence of Lithuania.

Price: 950 EUR

The amount can be paid in two equal parts (one at the beginning of the course, another – in the middle)

Duration: 5 months starting from 1stof October ending on 4thof February
Lectures taking place on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Course schedule and exact course venue will be announced to the enrolled course participants only before the very beginning of the course.

Language: Lithuanian only

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