About the School

The Nemtsov Summer School is a three-week expenses-covered intensive training program for young Russian-speaking journalists, bloggers, and media activists. The school is held annually from mid-July to early August in Prague at the Charles University Department of Philosophy. The training program is focused on journalism and socio-cultural research. It includes lectures by leading journalists, hands-on video and photography classes, and seminars about content distribution on the Internet. Lecture topics include economics, sociology, and contemporary art. Other activities include visits to the largest media in the Czech Republic and documentary screenings. Training culminates in a capstone media project, which participants develop at seminars with professional editors. All classes are conducted in Russian.

School Topics

  • International understanding of the freedom of information and the press
  • Identifying reliable information sources
  • Digital journalism
  • Professional standards of investigative journalism
  • Human rights journalism
  • Business journalism 
  • Effective online content distribution strategies
  • Contemporary literature and documentaries
  • Media and contemporary art

Target audience

Our target audience consists of Russian-speaking journalists, bloggers, media and civic activists, and researchers.

Our Team

Zhanna Nemtsova
Co-Founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, journalist, Director of the Boris Nemtsov Summer School.

Olga Shorina
Co-Founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, journalist, editor at DW.

Marek Prihoda
Scholar, co-Director, Boris Nemtsov Academic Center for the Study of Russia.

Dmitry Treshanin
Journalist, Editor at “Mediazona”.


The School provides meals, public transportation tickets, and medical insurance. It also covers travel expenses from your  permanent residence to Prague and back. The Arts Department provides free residence for our participants. All other expenses are not covered by the program.