Frequently asked questions

Q: Are participants required to attend all the programme sessions, on December 5–10, 2016, March 13–18, 2017, June 12–17, 2017, September 11–18, 2017?

A: Yes. Because the programme is grant-funded, all participants must be present at all the planned sessions. Participants are also expected to complete substantial take-home assignments in the time between programme modules.

Q: Where will the programme take place?

A: It will take place 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: Lecturers will come from the business and economics faculty of SSE Riga, with other practitioners and scholars from the UK, the USA and the Balkans.

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 that connects to and builds on the growing network based at the Media Studies Centre of SSE Riga. Participants may be invited to future programmes 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.

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 write and interact in English.

Q: Where will participants stay?

A: Participants will stay at a three-star hotel not more than a five-minute walk from the programme venue.

Q: Where will lunch take place?

A: Lunch will be served in either the SSE Riga cafeteria or at the participants' hotel.

Q: Can you tell me more about the organizers, the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga?

A: For detailed information please visit the website at

Q: Has this programme taken place in previous years?

A: No. This is the first time that the programme is being offered. In fact, this is the first time we know of that such a programme has been offered anywhere. We count on participants to help make it a lasting success.