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2022 Spring


Tony Ozuna
For information about registration please contact our admissions.

This course is an introduction to cultural journalism and reporting, by taking advantage of the rich cultural life of Prague. While there will be a focus on the contemporary art and music scenes, students will also be able to explore the literary and theatre scenes, as well as take advantage of the numerous festivals in the city, particularly for feature and documentary films. An understanding and appreciation of the role of cultural organizations and institutions will be emphasized, and so students will also be given the opportunity to meet with representatives of cultural organizations, as well as artists, musicians, directors, writers and publishers. Field trips to galleries, exhibits and other cultural events in Prague will be an integral component of the course. This activity will be combined with discussions of assigned readings from seminal to contemporary cultural critics and journalists.The primary medium for publishing the best work in this class will be the AAU student newspaper At the Lennon Wall; however, students may also have the opportunity to publish in other online or print publications based in Prague, and beyond. This course, however, is also welcome to students who simply want to learn about the world of cultural journalism.

Here is the course outline:

1. What is Cultural Journalism?

Feb 9

Who is good at it? Cultural journalists vs. entertainment news. Site Visit: The Museum of Art & Design. Later students should also watch a few documentary films about Prague’s cultural history and its uniqueness

2. Magical Prague

Feb 16

Topic: Crash course in journalistic writing vs. academic essays Review of the inverted pyramid and the 5 W’s for journalists Site Visit: The magical garden of Rothmayer Villa or Werich Villa Reading (on NEO resources): Power-point handout (by CP Bowen)

3. Wedlocked-Trishna Adnani

Feb 23

Topic: Wedlocked-Trishna Adnani (meet the artist) Site Visit: Galerie Havelka then Naprstkovo Museum

4. Czech Press Photo

Mar 2

Topic: Czech Documentary Photo Exhibition Description: News in Pictures Site visit: Czech Press Photo at National Museum

5. Museum of Film

Mar 9

Topic: Explore the local scene— Film museum Description: Unique student-run museum Site visit: Na Film

6. Kineticism - electricity in art

Mar 16

Topic: New exhibition space in Prague's Mala Strana Description: Kineticism - electricity in art Site visit: Kunsthalle Prague

7. Music Journalism

Mar 23

Site visits: Wallenstein Riding School (National Gallery) "The Buddha Up Close"

8. Mid-Term break

Mar 30

Topic: There is no meeting on this date due to a Midterm Break

9. Expo 58-Kupka & Mucha

Apr 6

Historical exhibition Site Visit: Expo 58 for exhibition of Mucha & Kupka

10. Alfons Mucha

Apr 13

Topic: Alfons Mucha Description: Czech artist - Paris & Prague Site Visit: Municipal House in Old Town

11. Music Journalism Part 2

Apr 20

Topic: Art & Architecture in exhibits Description: Modern tendencies Site visit: The National Technology Museum

12. Infinite Library

Apr 27

Infinite Library-exhibition of library in VR - Liteary or Film Review session

13. Week 13-Film Reviews

May 4

Topic: Film Reviews The classics to contemporary

14. Summarizing Prague's Cultural Scene

May 11

Topic: Summarizing Prague’s Cultural Scene Description: Final excursion, visiting sites for the final article/assignment

15. Wrap-up.

May 18

There is no group meeting on this date, but it is time for last minute consultations.

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