Review: Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice Session 1
September 21-28, 2019
Lead Instructors: Dr Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic
Sixteen students attended the introductory week of the multi-session training program in independent journalism.
The first session of the Sarajevo Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice was an orientation week during which the participants were introduced to some of the fundamental requirements of independent journalism. These include contemporary methodologies of documentary and journalistic practice, ethics, basics of written reporting (AP style), visual literacy, aesthetics and image construction. All lectures were followed by in depth Q+A sessions.
After lectures, each of the fifteen students had one-on-one sessions with lead tutors Dr Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic, as well as lecturers Ron Haviv, Marko Drobnjakovic and Sandra Vitaljic. Over the course of a week, students also presented their own work, participated in group discussions, and had their portfolios reviewed. At the end of the week, students came up with a topic that they wanted to address as a group—“Displacement / Depopulation.” Each student will develop his or her own individual project as an interpretation as this theme, and present it during Session 2 in January 2020.
In the intervening weeks between sessions, each student will work in an online mentoring environment with the tutors, presenting updates on their projects.