Since the early 90s First Freedom has worked with NGOs providing consultancy, training and lecturing in documentary, news, current affairs and factual programme production to a number of broadcasters, producers, directors and journalists in Russia, India, Armenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Serbia/Montenegro, Slovenia, Ukraine and Kosovo.
This work is with organisations such as the BBC World Service Trust (now BBC Media Action), the British Council, PAI (Public Administration International), US-based IREX (International Research and Exchange), Eurasia Foundation, BMC (Baltic Media Centre), Soros Open Society Institute, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and London-based Irving International.
First Freedom’s Graham Addicott is a regular visiting lecturer at the Asian College of Journalism where he takes a 10-week course in factual and documentary production aimed at post-graduate students from all across South Asia.
The company has developed, held and organised training courses and consultancies covering the following:
- Basic news journalism for print and broadcasting
- Documentary and factual programme production (the complete process from idea to transmission, including proposal writing and pitching, pre-production, production, post-production, rights, budgeting & cost control)
- Democracy and journalism (also democracy and the media)
- Investigative and corruption reporting (including social affairs, good governance and reporting on HIV/AIDS)
- Factual programme, current affairs and documentary directing
- Factual programme, current affairs and documentary producing
- Business reporting for broadcast
- Getting funding for your factual and documentary ideas
- Television reporting & presenting (including studio and location work)
- Broadcasting ethics and responsibility in the EU (aimed at the Baltic countries & emerging economies prior to their accession).
- The multi-channel future – its effect on producers and the public
- Writing and pitching programme proposals
- Media management and media business planning
- Programme development and budgeting
- Newsroom and factual programme department re-structuring and technical equipment sourcing
- Raising the role of the media in monitoring government programmes (for journalists)
- Media training for corporate clients such as Thorntons, the Metropolitan Police etc.
EXAMPLES OF TRAINING/CONSULTANCY/LECTURING (OVERSEAS):
Three x 10-week courses at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai aimed at past-graduate students. Wide-ranging course covering TV journalism and the production of news, current affairs, factual and documentary programming. A mix of the theoretical (e.g. law, ethics, TV in a democracy) and the practical (e.g. shooting news packages, producing news bulletins, current affairs items and short ‘documentaries’). The College has its own dedicated studios, cameras, edit suites etc.2006, 2007, 2014
Via BMC, funded by Danish government. Consulting with the public service broadcaster on the ‘on-air’ look of the channel.2001
Three trips in 2002 and 2003 each of around two week’s duration. Via BBC World Service Training Trust, funded mainly by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Working with the management and senior programme-makers at Montenegro’s Public Service Broadcaster to assist with the re-structuring of their news operation, assist in changing the on-air look of the network, and help with re-equipping of the cameras and editing equipment. Also the creation of their first news archive.2002, 2003
For BBC WST; mainly funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office & British Embassy, Budapest. Two x one-month courses covering basic journalism and TV programme production including the operation of equipment as well as the fundamentals of writing/ presenting/ reporting/ directing etc. Included the production of a daily news bulletin. Plus, a lecture on behalf of the UK FCO to the Hungarian annual media conference on technological changes in the way TV operates and what effect these new technologies will have in the 21st century. Ukraine October and November 2005. Two x 2-week courses. Via the Association of Independent Ukrainian Broadcasters and funded by Soros’ Open Society. Courses with regional television managers, journalists and programme-makers covering Media Management and Media Business Planning. Russia/Kaliningrad Two trips in 1998. Via BMC, funded by the EU and Danish government. One trip to run a course on journalism and one to lecture on the media and democracy to local politicians and journalists.2000, 2004
Seminars on investigative and social affairs journalism and reporting on corruption including travelling to the regional TV stations to assist them in developing British Council factual series on social and community issues (health, public services, corruption).2007
Funded by the EU. Course on broadcast journalism, including law (in the run up to Poland joining the EU)1999
Half a dozen trips to Pristina and other towns throughout the protectorate. Consultancies included courses on basic journalism, producing and directing factual programming, directing documentary and assistance with re-structuring the news operations of the two main commercial networks and sourcing their camera and editing equipment. Also held seminars on investigative journalism and the role of the media in a democracy.2003, 2004
Yearly trips mainly of a week’s duration or more each time. Via Baltic Media Centre (funded by the EU and Danish government). Consultancy included: Helping to re-vamping the technical (including equipment) and programme-producing operation of ETV, the Public Service Broadcaster, including input to the decision-making behind the restructured programme archive/library. Basis Journalism courses. A series of seminars with broadcasters and journalists on ‘the law and broadcasting’ as it was to be applied once Estonia joined the EU. Lectures on ‘Democracy and Journalism’. Lectures on the rights of minorities and how broadcasters should cover them (again in the light of Estonia joining the EU). Factual programme production (including choice of technical equipment, cameras, edit suites, use of archive material etc). Helping create and produce a new young peoples’ series. Aimed at the Russian-speaking minority. Latvia Two two-week trips in 1995. Via BMC, funded by the EU and Danish government Courses on democracy and broadcasting (prior to EU membership) and advice to senior managers of LTV (the Public Service Broadcaster) on re-structuring the programme making departments. Plus course on documentary and factual programme budgeting and production.1994-2003