Experts, Mentors & Workshops.

Please click on your Internship Seminar Module or scroll down to view the respective Workshops. 

Enrolled students will receive an updated version of the schedule in their Welcome Packets.

All Workshops are hands-on and interactive, and run by prestigious Experts and Mentors.

IMPORTANTE NOTE. The following are the Workshops for the 2017 program. The 2018 program will include similar workshops, please see the full program for details. 

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July 17, 2017 – July 28, 2017.

Meet your Editor in Chief: Al Goodman.

Al Goodman will be the Editor in Chief of this Module, and will be overseeing the publication of the travel magazine, including the Mentoring and Feedback Sessions. Al is an award-winning former CNN correspondent in Madrid, who previously was a freelance correspondent in Madrid for The New York Times. As a CNN correspondent for more than 20 years, he reported on camera in English for CNN’s networks and in Spanish for CNN en Español. He often served as his own producer, edited his own video stories and also ran camera for liveshots. He has knowledge of Digital, TV, print, radio and social media – having produced content for all of these formats. Read Al’s full biography here.

 

Travel Journalism Workshops.

RGNN Expert and Mentor Benjamin Jones at press conference workshop with RGNN Academy students at Matadero Madrid, July 2016

“Press, Publicity & the Public” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Benjamin Jones. 

In this interactive Workshop, we will cover the intersection between the press, publicity and the public when it comes to travel writing. In the first part of the Workshop, students will learn how to get invited to press conferences, how to respond to an invitation, what to bring to a press conference, how to ask questions and how to approach the main speaker. The second part of the Workshop will be a mock press conference, in which students will simulate to be true travel journalists, both asking and responding to questions on a travel-related subject. Students will walk away from this Workshop with hands-on experience of how to cover press conferences as future travel writers.

About the Expert & Mentor: Benjamin Jones has worked as a foreign correspondent for most of his professional life reporting on Spanish politics, culture, economics and business, travel and sports for a wide variety of U.S. and foreign print, online and broadcast media. Read Benjamin’s work in The New York Times here and here, in The San Diego Union-Tribune here, and Hotel News Now here. Read Benjamin’s full bio here.

RGNN Expert and Mentor Patricia Rafael Lage with our students in July 2016

“How to Pitch Your Stories & Get ’em Published: Tips for Freelance Travel Journalists” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Patricia Rafael Lage

In this Workshop, Internship Seminar participants will learn first-hand how a freelance travel journalist works. From how to pitch stellar ideas and which media outlets they are ideal for, to who to contact at those media outlets and how to negotiate rates, the Expert will go over all the intricate dynamics of selling your stories. In addition, we will cover productivity tips, so that students walk away with not only with a series of articles to pitch, but also how to sell them effectively.

About the Expert & Mentor: Patricia Rafael Lage has been based in Madrid since 2012, working as a fixer for foreign media, including NPR, regular work for The New York Times, and most recently for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Read Patricia’s work in The New York Times, VICE News Spanish here and here, Broadly Spanish here and here, and El Diario.es. Read Patricia’s full bio here.

 

Travel Photography Workshops. 

The iconic Puerta del Sol, right smack in the center of Madrid, will be the starting point of this Workshop

“Let the Pictures Tell the Story” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Denis Doyle.

In this Workshop, we will seek out and capture intriguing travel photo essay subjects in Madrid and learn first-hand the art of travel street photography through developing our knowledge, skills and creativity. We will learn how to express ourseleves through gripping photography that will provide insight into travel themes either as a stand-alone photo essay or to illustrate travel articles for publication.

The starting point of this Workshop will be Madrid’s center, the Puerta del Sol. Photographs taken during this Workshop will be critiqued in the Feedback Session, see description below. 

Taking photographs out and about in Madrid, Spain

“Photo Feedback Session & Professional Development for Travel Photographers” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Denis Doyle.

In this Workshop, students will examine, critique and discuss their photography work with the Mentor, who will provide hands-on advice on how students can boost their skills and improve the final product. The Expert will also present samples of his extensive portfolio of travel photography commissioned by prestigious media organizations, such as The New York Times and Getty Images, explaining in detail the process not only of taking these professional quality photographs but also how Internship Seminar participants can market their own work for publication.

About the Expert & Mentor: Denis Doyle currently works for Getty Images and has been published in both online and in print in The New York Times, LA Times, The Guardian, The Times, El País, Der Spiegel, and Paris Match, amongst others. Read Denis’ full bio here.

Site Visits.

RGNN Academy students during site visit to the newsroom of El Mundo, one of the largest daily newspapers in Spain, during July 2016

Site Visit & Workshop at El Mundo.

“Communicating, – and Selling, – Content in the 21st Century” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Sonia González Criado, Press Officer at El Mundo.

El Mundo, previously called “El Mundo del siglo XXI” (“The World of the 21st Century”), is one of the largest newspapers in Spain, founded in 1989. El Mundo has dedicated much of its efforts to investigative journalism, revealing, for example, corruption scandals in the government of Felipe González, investigations that ultimately led to the victory of José María Aznar in 1996.

This Workshop will be led by Sonia González Criado, El Mundo’s press officer and communications department coordinator. Specifically, it will cover how the communications department works at one of Spain’s most important daily newspapers, and how content is sold in the 21st century. Read Sonia’s full bio here.

The Workshop will be followed by a guided site visit of the newsroom at El Mundo, allowing students to gain first-hand insights into the quotidian routine of a real newspaper. Get a taste of the newsroom career, and see whether you yourself would like to work in one in the future!

 

 

July 31, 2017 – August 11, 2017.

Meet your Editor in Chief: Patricia Rafael Lage.

Patricia Rafael Lage will be the Editor in Chief of this Module, and will be overseeing the publication of the travel magazine, including the Mentoring and Feedback Sessions. Patricia is a journalist with an extensive background in reporting, writing, editing and translating texts from English to Spanish, mostly in written media. Since 2012, she has been based in Madrid, working as a fixer for foreign media, including NPR, regular work for The New York Times, and most recently for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Here, she contributes on reporting, gathering data and information, and finding and arranging interviews from Spain on diverse, current issues. Since 2017, she is part-time Professor at the Carlos III University teaching Political and Parliamentary Journalism. Read Patricia’s full biography here.

 

Travel Journalism Workshops.

RGNN Academy student James Hill (Class of 2016) during his Journalism Internship Seminar

“Have (Video) Camera, Will Travel” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Al Goodman. 

In this interactive Workshop, we will take a look at what makes a good video. Why are you interested in watching it? Why would you watch it all the way to the end? Subsequently, we’ll talk about how to apply those techniques and elements to a video for journalism, specifically for travel journalists. What makes a travel video, for journalism, different than other kinds of video journalism? We’ll discuss how to shoot such a video, to provide the elements that will make for a good edit: what is the difference between taking a travel video as a tourist vs. making a travel video as a journalist? Don’t be surprised if you have to do a bit of A) traveling and B) video shooting in this Workshop!

About the Expert & Mentor: Al Goodman is an award-winning former CNN correspondent in Madrid, who previously was a freelance correspondent in Madrid for The New York Times. View Al’s work in The New York Times here, and in CNN here and here. Read Al’s full biography here.

The right visuals can make or break a travel blog!

“Trust & Engagement: What Makes a Travel Blog Successful” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Juanjo Montanary.

In this interactive Workshop, we will research popular travel blogs and analyze what makes a travel blog successful. We’ll also talk about key things to know before you start your own travel story (keep in mind, the way you travel changes when you’re a serious blogger!). In the second part of the workshop, we’ll talk about audience, values, tone of voice, KPIs, and how to enrich your story through visual and data journalism, for example. We will finish the workshop by exploring new trends in the travel writing world, including augmented reality, virtual reality, transmedia storytelling and the notorious New York Times experience.

About the Expert & Mentor: Juanjo Montanary. After starting his career as an editor/reporter for traditional media outlets such as Cambio 16 and Radio España, he worked for eight years at Microsoft as Content Manager and Editor in Chief of the MSN portal. Read Juanjo’s full bio here.

 

Travel Photography Workshops.

Malasaña T-Shirts on sale by local artists Bar Futura

“The Magic of Madrid’s Malasaña” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Denis Doyle.

Malasaña is one of Madrid’s most iconic and trendy neighborhoods. In fact, The Huffington Post recently reported that Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City stayed here. Full of contrasts, here you will find shops that try not to be expensive, -but are,- next to others who sell clothes by the pound. Grandfathers live next to study abroad students in Malasaña, and you just as well feast on a traditional tapa as on international cuisine.

As such, the neighborhood, with its historic buildings, is an ideal starting point for travel street photography. Students will explore and document the streets, guided by the Expert. Photographs taken during this Workshop will be critiqued in the Feedback Session, see description below.

Photo from RGNN Expert Denis Doyle’s portfolio, he works for Getty Images

“Photo Feedback Session & How to Create a Professional Photography Portfolio” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Denis Doyle.

In this Workshop, students will examine, critique and discuss their photography work with the Mentor, who will provide hands-on advice on how students can improve their skills as well as the final product. In addition, the Expert will cover how students can turn their quotidian shots into a professional photography portfolio, ready for publication online and for marketing to future employers, be it for freelance assignments or a full-time photographer position at a coveted media company.

About the Expert & Mentor: Denis Doyle currently works for Getty Images and has been published in both online and in print in The New York Times, LA Times, The Guardian, The Times, El País, Der Spiegel, and Paris Match, amongst others. Read Denis’ full bio here.

Site Visits.

Behind the scenes at the newsroom of El Mundo in July 2016

Site Visit & Workshop at El Mundo.

“Communicating Culture: What Travel Journalists Need to Know” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Lorena Álvarez Fernández.

El Mundo, previously called “El Mundo del siglo XXI” (“The World of the 21st Century”), is one of the largest newspapers in Spain, founded in 1989. El Mundo has dedicated much of its efforts to investigative journalism, revealing, for example, corruption scandals in the government of Felipe González, investigations that ultimately led to the victory of José María Aznar in 1996.

This Workshop at El Mundo will be led by Lorena Álvarez Fernández, who specializes in cultural journalism and leads El Mundo’s “Encuentros Digitales”. Specifically, the Workshop will address how to cover cultural agendas. Read Lorena’s full bio here.

The Workshop will be followed by a guided site visit of the newsroom at El Mundo, allowing students to gain first-hand insights into the quotidian routine of a real newspaper. Get a taste of the newsroom career, and see whether you yourself would like to work in one in the future!


August 14, 2017 – August 25, 2017.

Meet your Editor in Chief: Natalia Martín Cantero.

Natalia Martín Cantero will be the Editor in Chief of this Module, and will be overseeing the publication of the travel magazine, including the Mentoring and Feedback Sessions. Natalia Cantero is a journalist and university professor at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and IE University. She has been a correspondent based in San Francisco for EFE News Agency, and has worked from Brazil and China as a freelance journalist. More recently, she co-authored a book about the Internet of Things and authored a second volume about Spanish digital start-ups. Both titles were released by El Mundo and Expansión newspapers, as part of a collection on Digital Transformation commissioned by The Valley Digital Business School. Read Natalia’s full biography here.

 

Travel Journalism Workshops.

RGNN Expert and Mentor Patricia Rafael with students in July 2016

“Behind the Scenes: The Importance of Fixers in Journalism” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Patricia Rafael Lage. 

How can a journalist get one or several stories published when going to a country he or she barely knows, does not speak the native language, and will only stay for a week? How does he or she find out who to interview, how to geta round, where to report, look for data and vital background information? A fixer will provide all of these answers. Fixers, many of whom are local journalists, are usually the ones behind most of the overseas news and reports we read, watch and listen to. Fixers are the visiting journalist’s eyes and ears. They know where everything is, and how to get it. In dangerous countries, a visiting journalist’s safety might well depend on his or her fixer. In this Workshop, students will learn first-hand how a local journalist can work as a fixer for foreign reporters, and make that work part of their job as a journalist.

About the Expert & Mentor: Patricia Rafael Lage has been based in Madrid since 2012, working as a fixer for foreign media, including NPR, regular work for The New York Times, and most recently for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Read Patricia’s work in The New York Times, VICE News Spanish here and here, Broadly Spanish here and here, and El Diario.es. Read Patricia’s full bio here.

RGNN Academy student Kellie Anderson (Class of 2016) during her Journalism Internship Seminar

“Repackage Your Stories – and Sell Them More than Once!” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Elena Cabrera.

When reporting on a particular subject, a myriad of stories will start to emerge. But as reporters, we must focus only on one of them. What can we do with the rest of the material? As in Spanish cuisine, “todo se puede aprovechar”; everything can be of use when it come to telling the main or even secondary stories on different platform that permit us to sell and resell the issue at hand. Take social media, for example: a story has to be customized for each social network. In this Workshop, students will learn how to convert one story into many – and how to market it as such for different platforms, readers, viewers and clients.

About the Expert & Mentor: Elena Cabrera is a Spanish journalist with over 23 years of experience. She currently works as Head of Journalism at the porCausa Foundation of Investigation and Journalism. Previously, we was the Online Manager of MTV Spain, in charge of mtv.es. Read Elena’s full bio here.

 

Travel Photography Workshops.

Out and about in Madrid, Spain

“Falling in Love with Madrid’s La Latina” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Denis Doyle.

La Latina is one of Madrid’s best neighborhoods for tapas. We will start this photography Workshop near the Mercado de la Cebada, a time-old food market. While residents come here to buy the fish of the day, children play on the streets, many of which are pedestrian. From here, we will walk through the narrow cobblestone streets, exploring churches and basilicas. Students will take photographs alongside the expert advice of Mentor Denis Doyle, who will show them how to capture a neighborhood in photographs ready for publication.

Photographs taken during this Workshop will be critiqued in the Feedback Session, see description below.

RGNN Academy students at their Journalism Internship Seminar in Madrid, July 2016

“Photo Feedback Session & Social Media for Travel Photographers” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Denis Doyle.

In this Workshop, students will examine and critique their photography work with the Mentor, who will provide hands-on advice on how students can boost their skills and improve the final product.

Subsequently, the Expert will discuss the increasing importance of social media for travel photographers. Specifically, we will explore the importance of Instagram and other social media networks in promoting one’s work and ultimately, in getting hired for photographer assignments throughout the world.

About the Expert & Mentor: Denis Doyle currently works for Getty Images and has been published in both online and in print in The New York Times, LA Times, The Guardian, The Times, El País, Der Spiegel, and Paris Match, amongst others. Read Denis’ full bio here.

Site Visits.

RGNN Academy students at El Mundo in July 2016

Site Visit & Workshop at El Mundo.

“The Evolution of the Media in Spain” with RGNN Expert and Mentor Miguel Gómez Vázquez, one of the founders of El Mundo.

El Mundo, previously called “El Mundo del siglo XXI” (“The World of the 21st Century”), is one of the largest newspapers in Spain, founded in 1989. El Mundo has dedicated much of its efforts to investigative journalism, revealing, for example, corruption scandals in the government of Felipe González, investigations that ultimately led to the victory of José María Aznar in 1996.

This Workshop at El Mundo will be led by one of its founders, Miguel Gómez Vázquez. Specifically, it will cover the evolution of Spain and the media over the last thirty years. Read Miguel’s full bio here.

The Workshop will be followed by a guided site visit of the newsroom at El Mundo, allowing students to gain first-hand insights into the quotidian routine of a real newspaper. Get a taste of the newsroom career, and see whether you yourself would like to work in one in the future!