What is the specificity of magazine journalism? What is the difference between a magazine and a newspaper? How can one catch the attention of today’s readers and what are the key elements that make a periodical attractive? These are some of the questions the SAJ students found answers to at the course of Magazine Journalism. Ludmila Andronic, expert in communication, was the one who familiarized them with the world of magazines.

  • A professional journalist knows how to separate opinions from facts, respect the balance of sources, avoid stereotypes and discrimination, demonstrate tolerance and critical thinking and, last but not least, abide by the Journalist’s Code of Conduct. These are just some of the fundamental principles learned by the SAJ students at the course of Ethics and Diversity in the Media. Nadine Gogu, executive director of the Independent Journalism Center (IJC), was the one who worked with the students.

  • Does a reporter have the right to photograph people in the street or in public places? But in private places? How and under what conditions can journalists protect their sources? What can journalists do when their access to information is restricted? What is value judgment and what do journalists risk when they spread false information and thus damage a person's dignity and honor? These are only a few of the questions addressed by the SAJ students at the Media Law course.

  • Report, feature, obituary and press documentary are some of the new journalistic genres successfully learned by the School of Advanced Journalism students at the course dedicated to longform articles. The course lasted five days and it was held by Alina Radu, director of “Ziarul de Gardă” newspaper. Young people tested their observation skills, attended an event, made a detailed character sketch and learned writing obituaries.

  • How to interview shy people and how to get answers from people who, despite having something to say, do not have the habit of speaking? The “ingredients” of a successful interview and how they can be used were the things the SAJ students learned from Mihaela Gherasim, reporter of TV project “Pur și Simplu” [“Simply”], produced by Radio Free Europe.

  • Drug trafficking and arrests of drug dealers are the topics most frequently covered by journalists when it comes to combating drug abuse. However, how does the social stigma of drug users make itself felt and what is the role of the media in covering such situations? This issue was discussed at the SAJ discussion club organized to raise the awareness of future journalists.

  • What is news and what a news story should begin with? What is the structure of a news story and what questions should it answer? What are equity, objectivity and impartiality? How to choose the angle of approach and how to deal with anonymous sources? What is false news and how to recognize it? These are just some of the questions which formed the basis for one of the most important courses at the SAJ – “News.”

  • The role of photography in a journalistic material is increasing, and images become more and more used in print and online media. It often happens that the reader first notices the image and only then reads – or does not read – the text. How do we frame a story in images? How do we capture the moment and draw the reader’s attention? These are the questions which the SAJ students answered at the course of Photojournalism. The secrets of successful photography were revealed by trainer Nicolae Pojoga.

  • How should we represent a man and a woman in photos and in other journalistic materials? What could men gain from gender equality? Why is it necessary for women to participate in politics and decision making, and what is the work of a woman journalist or photojournalist like? These are some of the issues discussed at the first discussion club meeting at the SAJ, which was attended by Swedish journalists Gunnel Bergström and Maria Dahmén as well as photojournalist Åsa Sjöström.

  • The first semester of studies at the School of Advanced Journalism started with initiation into the world of the media. The three-day course of “Introduction to Journalism” gave an overview of the structure of the Moldovan media space and of journalistic principles. The School’s director Sorina Stefarta worked with students as their trainer.