Full Program 2018.

RGNN Academy.

MADRID, SPAIN. Program 2018.

Intensive Travel Journalism, Photography & Video Internship Seminars in MADRID, SPAIN. Spots limited to 16 students.

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Limited spots available. Open to all nationalities.

ROOSTERGNN Global News Network (RGNN.org), a non-profit organization, and ROOSTERGNN Academy are OFFERING,

Intensive Travel Journalism, Photography & Video Internship Seminars, based in Madrid, Spain.

During the Journalism Internship Seminar, students participate in an intensive journalism program coordinated by a Team of Editors and Writers, with the participation of Experts and Mentors. The program includes attendance at Editorial Meetings, Travel Journalism Workshops, Photography Workshops, Video Workshops, Mentoring Sessions and Feedback Sessions, all of which culminates in the publication of a bi-weekly travel magazine, publishes in digital format in the news agency.

All of the Experts and Mentors are bilingual (English & Spanish). To participate in the Seminars, it is required that students have knowledge of at least ONE of these languages. Students can choose to write their articles in English, Spanish or both.

The selection process is rigorous and includes an interview for all candidates of interest.

The Internship Seminar offers students the possibility to graduate with a Portfolio of Published Content, published in the news agency, a Travel Journalism, Photography & Video Internship Certification, a Certification of Academic Credit, as well as a Letter of Recommendation of Merit, if applicable.

The Internship Seminar includes housing in shared studio apartments in the central Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid, Spain.

CALENDAR. Each Two-Week Module culminates in the publication of a travel magazine. Students can enroll in one single Two-Week Module, or in various — the workshops do NOT repeat themselves. Please see full list of collaborating Experts and Mentors, and their Workshops here.


  • MODULE I: Sunday, July 15, 2018 to Saturday, July 28, 2018.
  • MODULE II: Sunday, July 29, 2018 to Saturday, August 11, 2018.

WELCOME PACKET. Before the start of the Seminar, all students will receive a Welcome Packet via email, which will include an updated version of the Schedule. In the meantime, students can consult a Sample Schedule here: http://rgnn.org/academy/madrid-spain-travel-journalism-photography-internship-seminar/schedule.

PROGRAM: INTENSIVE TRAVEL JOURNALISM & PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP SEMINAR. Link to the current version of the Program: http://rgnn.org/academy/madrid-spain-travel-journalism-photography-internship-seminar/program

CONTENT. Each Two-Week Module includes the following content, which must be completed in order to obtain curricular benefits as detailed below.

    • Journalism Specialization. Seminar specializing in Travel Journalism, Photography and Video.
    • Attendance at Orientation, where the academic requirements are explained.
    • Attendance at ROOSTERGNN Editorial Meetings. One Editorial Meeting per Two-Week Module, in which each student is assigned one (1) article and a photography/video portfolio.
    • Attendance at Group Mentoring Sessions. One Mentoring Session per Two-Week Module, to discuss the progress of students on their articles.
    • Attendance at Group Feedback & Editing Sessions. Three Group Feedback & Editing Sessions per Two-Week Module. Each student will receive verbal feedback on the articles and photo/video portfolio assigned during the Editorial Meetings. All student work must be received by the deadline indicated by RGNN in order to be eligible for Feedback.
    • Submit Photojournalism and Video Portfolio. Students will take photographs and videos for social media throughout the Seminar, of which RGNN will choose the best to publish in the news agency’s communication channels.
    • Participate in Travel Journalism, Photography & Video Workshops with Experts and Mentors. Four (4) Workshops per Two-Week Module, addressing the following areas of travel journalism, photography and video. The full list of Workshops can be consulted in the following link.
      • One (1) Travel Journalism Workshop, which can address the following topics: preparation and research; writing; editing; publication and possible markets; design; social media and other useful tools.
      • One (1) Professional Development for Journalists Session. Advice will be given on, for example, how to put together a resume, how to apply for future journalism jobs, how to prepare for a job interview, etc.
      • Two Photography & Video Workshops: followed by an orientation, there will be two street photography & video workshops, out and about in Madrid alongside the Expert.
    • Participate in the Professional Headshot and Video Shoot.
      Students will go behind the scenes at RGNN and have a professional headshot and video session at the RGNN film and photo studio. Marketers today must be able to speak in front of the camera! Specifically, students will take home a professional “headshot” (profile photo) for their resume, and will carry out a video presentation test on an established topic.
    • Submit a Final Seminar Evaluation. All students will be required to submit a final Evaluation before the end of the Seminar.

EXPERTS AND MENTORS. The Seminar includes the collaboration of prestigious Experts and Mentors. Please see the Experts collaborating in each Two-Week Module here.

CULTURAL IMMERSION IN MADRID AND SPAIN. Participate in the Cultural Immersion Program. The Internship Seminar includes one Site Visit per week, as well as a Typical Spanish Tapas Networking Farewell Reception at the end of the program. Past Site Visits have included Matadero Madrid, one of Madrid’s most innovative cultural centers, and the newsroom of El Mundo, one of Spain’s most important daily newspapers.

HOUSING. The Internship Seminar includes housing in furnished studio apartments selected by RGNN in the central neighborhood of Salamanca in Madrid, Spain. Thirteen (13) nights. Housing is shared in double apartments (2 individual beds). Each studio apartment has its own bathroom and kitchen, air-conditioning, as well as weekly cleaning and change of sheets and towels. The building moreover has wifi, 24 hour concierge, laudromat and dryer room, swimming pool and sundeck. The entry of persons foreign to the Program is not permitted in the houses. Alcohol within the apartments is also not permitted. RGNN will assign accommodation. The dates in which housing will be available are:

  • MODULE I: Sunday, July 15, 2018 to Saturday, July 28, 2018.
  • MODULE II: Sunday, July 29, 2018 to Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Local bilingual emergency support, 24 hours. The Seminar has local, bilingual (English and Spanish) emergency support staff available 24 hours a day.


Students will be evaluated continually throughout the Program, and remaining enrolled in the Internship Program will be necessarily linked to the student’s compliance of a minimum set of goals within the Program as subject to the Tuition.

Completing the goals of the Program allows students to obtain the following academic or curricular documentation.

  1. Certification of Portfolio of Published Content. The articles and work submitted by the students will be sent to the Editorial Board for publication, if applicable.
  2. Journalism Internship Certification specializing in Travel Journalism, Photography and Video.
  3. Certification of Academic Credit. Students who have met all requirements of the Program obtain a Certification of Academic Credit. ROOSTERGNN will certify a total of eighty (80) hours of academic credit per Two-Week Module.
  4. Processing of University Agreements (Convenios) and/or other External Academic Documentation for Academic Credit (optional and subject to approval by RGNN). Those students who wish to request the processing of university agreements (convenios) and/or other external academic documentation for academic credit for their university must submit all such documentation by the deadline indicated by RGNN. No requests for external academic documentation will be processed after this deadline.

Completing more than one Two-Week Module allows students to obtain the following academic or curricular documentation.

  1. Letter of Recommendation of Merit. There are three levels of evaluation that permit obtaining a Letter of Recommendation: Sufficient, Good, Excellent. There will be no Letter of Recommendation for students who do not meet the Sufficient level. The Experts and Mentors of the Seminar will conduct the evaluation of merit.

ROOSTERGNN follows a strict evaluation process for issuing academic and/or curricular documentation. Students must have completed all requirements of the Program to obtain any type of academic and/or curricular documentation.

All processing of academic and/or curricular documentation is conducted EXCLUSIVELY via email academy@roostergnn.org. Academic and/or curricular documentation is issued via email in PDF format, within twenty-five (25) business days after the last day of the Seminar.


To apply for a spot, please fill out the following form:



The minimum enrollment is one Two-Week Module. Given that spots are extremely limited, it is recommended that students formalize enrollment as soon as possible.

  • Tuition Fee Two-Week Module. 2,500 €.


Please consult the following link for Scholarship information: http://rgnn.org/academy/scholarships. There are currently 500 Euro scholarships available for the Madrid program.


Please consult the following link for Financial Aid information available for groups of students: http://rgnn.org/academy/financial-aid


Tuition Fees should be paid via bank transfer or cash deposit into a bank account that will be provided to selected candidates on the Enrollment Confirmation Form.

The following payment plans are available:

Single payment. Once a student has been accepted by ROOSTERGNN, he/she will have seventy-two (72) business hours to pay the full Tuition Fee.

Payment in three installments. As follows:

  • A deposit of five-hundred (500) Euros within seventy-two (72) business hours once the student has been accepted by ROOSTERGNN.
  • Two payments of 50% of the remaining Tuition Fee, to be made by the following deadlines depening on the program:

      • October 30, 2017. 50% of the remaining Tuition Fee.
      • March 30, 2018. Rest of the Tuition Fee.

All Tuition Fees, including the deposit, are non-refundable and non-transferable.

ROOOSTERGNN reserves the right to terminate the Enrollment of any student who does not respect the norms or mission of the Program.
Tuition Fees are non-refundable.

Important Note: The Tuition Fee stated is the exact amount in Euros to be received by the RGNN Academy. Students are responsable for inquiring with their bank about possible wire transfer fees, and if so, for covering fees incurred by their bank.

LEGAL FRAMEWORK. The Educational Programs, or “Internship Seminars,” are regulated by the norms of their program, in its last published version, and by the currently valid legislation in the Kingdom of Spain. ROOSTERGNN can take photographs, videos, interviews during the Educational Programs and can make use of this material in its publicities and promotions. By formalizing the Enrollment, the students authorize ROOSTERGNN for this use.

ROOSTERGNN reserves the right to modify or cancel the Educational Programs depending on the needs of the agency, the availability of experts, and possible local contingencies. In the case of a cancellation of a Program, ROOSTERGNN will refund the full payment of the Tuition Fee to the originating bank account.

It is the responsibility of the students to submit the required, accurate documentation to ROOSTERGNN by the deadlines established by the organization. Moreover, it is the obligation of students to comply with the norms of the program and respect the persons in charge. The organization will be completely free of any responsibility arising from the incompliance of these norms, and incompliance can lead to the student being expelled from the program he or she has enrolled in.

Note. In the event that ROOSTERGNN has provided you with a translation of the Spanish version of this document, you accept that such a translation is provided solely for your convenience, and in your relationship with ROOSTERGNN, the Spanish version of this document prevails in any case.



Updated July 25, 2017.