Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Are the participants required to attend all 3 modules - all together 15 full day sessions?

A: Yes. Because the programme is grant-funded, all participants must be present at all the 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: The sessions will be taught by world-renowned experts from many major newsrooms and academic institutions. Several lecturers will come from the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) based in Sarajevo but with reporters and editors from all over Eastern Europe and Russia. Other will come from news providers in western Europe and the US.

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 which connects to and builds upon the network already working in the Baltic States. Participants will be invited to future Summer Schools in August every year in Riga, 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 and DRL (The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department).
The Eastern Partnership program 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 three-star hotel not more than a 10-minute walk from the programme venue.

Q: Where will lunch and dinner take place?

A: Lunch will be served in either the SSE Riga cafeteria or at the participants' hotel.
Dinner will either be served together with evening events or at the 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: Starting in 2012 the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga has held a Summer School every August covering similar themes and others. The programme has three parallel seminars focusing in general on investigative reporting. 
“Journalism for Future Challenges” was held for the first time in 2014.