ROOSTERGNN Global News Network

ROOSTERGNN Global News Network

About

ROOSTERGNN Global News Network (RGNN.org) is a non-profit news agency that promotes freedom of expression and journalism education.

With over 700 journalists worldwide, ROOSTERGNN specializes in investigative, independent and digital journalism.

Committed to training the next generation of journalists, ROOSTERGNN has its own Academy (RGNN.org/academy/), providing students from all over the world the opportunity to obtain real-world experience and the necessary tools to pursue a career in the worlds of journalism and communications.

Website
rgnn.org
Founded
2013

Reviews

Giulia
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Except for the director there are no professionals. The topic of my articles was chosen by the director and I was asked to write that everything was marvellous at Roostergnn. Moreover, I wrote just a few articles per week because my main task was to reaching out to universities facebook pages with advertisement of Roostergnn. We weew also asked to leave positive comments on the social profiles of Roostergnn.

Response from ROOSTERGNN Global News Network

Dear Giulia,

As a non-profit platform promoting journalism education, ROOSTERGNN Global News Network is always open to criticism from its contributors, which are currently more than 700 journalists all over the world.

After your collaboration in ROOSTERGNN Global News Network (January 2016 – March 2016), our platform has made great developments.

In July 2016, we founded ROOSTERGNN Academy, with our first Internship Seminars taking place in Madrid, Spain. At our new ROOSTERGNN Academy, we have a wide range of experts and mentors, including professionals from The New York Times, Reuters, BBC and many other media outlets; you can take a look at their biographies at http://rgnn.org/academy/experts-mentors. Today, our students at our Internship Seminars, -both in Madrid as well as our newest programs in Cuba,- always receive hands-on feedback and learn side-by-side from an expert and mentor.

Furthermore, in December 2016, we announced our first Journalism Evolution Awards to recognize the journalistic talent of students who have participated in the Academy.

Thank you again for your input. We wish you all the best for your professional future.

Sincerely,

ROOSTERGNN Academy
ROOSTERGNN Global News Network

Veronica
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am a Visual Communications Arts major and I went into this internship with little-to-no background in journalism. I decided to apply because I have always being interested in using writing to promote knowledge availability, but knew that I would never find out whether I was suited or not for the industry unless I was part of it (even if it was for a short period of time). At first I was very intimidated by my peers because they were mostly journalism students and graduates. However, the program is designed to improve the abilities of those with prior knowledge and to teach the fundamentals to people new to journalism. The seminars start off with the very basics of good writing and attractive articles, and systematically moves on to more specific skills like web-writing and the tasks of a foreign correspondent. I had a great time with the mentors, all very knowledgeable and interesting people, and the locations visited gave us great insights of the world of journalism at different scales.

I would recommend this experience to anyone curious about the intrinsic values of journalism regardless of their experience in the field. You would get insightful knowledge from experts on-site and during the seminars which will lead to both your personal and professional development.

Response from ROOSTERGNN Global News Network

Dear Veronica,

Thank you for your positive review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your time at ROOSTERGNN Academy in Madrid, Spain.

The program you completed is open to students of all majors, including those with no formal academic background in journalism. We are happy to hear that as a Visual Communications Arts major, you quickly felt at home among your peers and that our mentors were able to provide you with hands-on feedback on your articles.

It has been a pleasure to have you with us in Madrid, and we hope to see you again soon!

All the best,
ROOSTERGNN Academy

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Alessia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Last summer I had the immense pleasure to go to Madrid to embark on a journalism course specifically intended for wannabe journalists from all over the world.
When I was chosen to go to the sunny capital of Spain, I thought: "This is simply unbelievable! I'm gonna be writing about Arts & Culture in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet".
In a matter of time, on July 3rd 2016, I was on a plane to go to Madrid and I was extremely scared because I didn't know what to expect. Little did I know it would be one of the greatest experiences in my entire life.

At RoosterGNN Academy, a non-profit organization that supports journalism education worldwide, I gained lots of skills in terms of writing a news, an op-ed or reporting an event.
Everytime I was at the Academy I felt like a true journalist and that's mainly because the other journalists-to-be and me used to discuss ideas and how we were supposed to make our articles original, appealing and unique.
Our experts & mentors weren't university professors teaching journalism in a classroom, they were real journalists with a lot of experience and a lot of passion for their job.

Martin Roberts, the first mentor I got to meet during the seminar, has been working as a freelance journalist in Madrid for four years, in which time he has reported for five UK broadsheets. Before coming to Madrid in 2012, he has worked as a correspondent for press agency Reuters for 16 years, covering many topics such as, politics, current affairs, the environment, culture and economics. He has also got to interview the likes of George Bush, Fidel Castro and the Dalai Lama.
Mr. Roberts taught me there were three steps to write the perfect news: to be quick, clear and concise.
I was given a story and I had to write it again, paying attention to the numbers of words I was writing. It was definitely a tough job but it gave me so much confidence as I wasn't very keen on writing in English. I can proudly say I'm not afraid of writing an article in English and that's all thanks to Martin Roberts.

The second mentor I got to meet at RoosterGNN Academy was Spanish journalist Patricia Rafael Lage. For more than 14 years, she has been working and contributing as a reporter and fixer for five newspapers, El Día de Valladolid, ADN, Público, Eldiario.es and The New York Times; two digital websites, VICE News Spanish and Broadly Spain; and a weekly magazine called La Clave. She has covered a great variety of topics, ranging from politics, health, immigration and cultural affairs.
Ms. Lage taught me the difficulty of being a fixer for the New York Times: basically fixers have to gather data and infos, arrange interviews, be constantly up to date with the latest events. It's definitely a tough job.

Unluckily I didn't get to meet Benjamin Jones, who has been reporting on Spanish politics, culture, travel, sports, economics and business for the foreign press. He covered the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and the Gulf War. Furthermore, he has also worked for The New York Times, United Press International, The San Diego Union-Tribune, CNN International etc. I'm pretty sure he offered an international perspective to his students.

Another fantastic experience I wasn't able to live was visiting El Mundo's newsroom (one of the biggest and most popular Spanish broadsheets) and El Matadero Madrid (a cultural hub set in the Arganzuela district). There are absolutely two highlights of RoosterGNN's journalism internship seminar.

After my workshops with RGNN journalists, I was ready to write my four articles. I wrote about the current summer tunes, the biggest music events across Spain, the upcoming Harry Potter script book and Giuseppe Tornatore's latest movie "The Corrispondency". Before writing I had to explain the idea behind eacharticle to Pablo, our friendly seminar coordinator, and to my fellow journalists in training. That made me feel like I was working in a proper newsroom.

What I extremely liked about this journalism internship seminar was the international environment I was working in: I was living my dream with a great bunch of people coming from England, Latvia, Bulgaria, Austria, Romania and the USA, I improved both my English and my Spanish and I enjoyed Madrid and its history, its architecture, its culture and its people. Spanish people are incredibly nice, open-minded and they're constantly trying to make you feel at home. So if you like travelling, meeting new people and you would like to become a skilled journalist in the near future, you need to trust your instincts and embark on a marvelous adventure in Madrid!

Response from ROOSTERGNN Global News Network

Dear Alessia,

Thank you for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed the hands-on approach of the ROOSTERGNN Academy.

As you very well noted, all of our Experts and Mentors are, "real journalists" with a lot of experience and a lot of passion for their jobs!

It has been a pleasure to have you with us in Madrid, and we hope to see you again in the near future!

All the best,
ROOSTERGNN Academy

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Ana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

During my summer I had the opportunity to travel to Madrid, Spain. The excuse I gave to my parents was that I was going for an internship/seminar in the field of journalism, which is what I study. However, my time at Rooster GNN became much more than just an excuse to travel to Europe. Since the first day I got to interact with very influential people in the industry but it just got better every day. I learned so much from my mentors and got great feedback on my writing skills. Moreover, the seminar opened my eyes to new career paths I had never thought about, such as becoming international correspondent or a fixer. The course was only two hours a day, which allowed me to have plenty of time to visit the city and try local restaurants.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have loved for the program to last longer. However, I understand that there is another longer option in Cuba.
Response from ROOSTERGNN Global News Network

Dear Ana,

Thank you for your positive review. We are glad that you enjoyed your time at ROOSTERGNN Academy in Madrid, Spain.

It's great to hear you learned a lot from your mentors and received hands-on feedback from experts on your articles, all of which are now published!

Keep in touch, we'd love to know about your upcoming adventures as a journalist, correspondent or even as a fixer! And if you'd ever like to come back, we'd be happy to have you.

All the best,
ROOSTERGNN Academy

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Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Alessia Bisini

Alessia, 20, lives in Milan (Italy) and is currently studying Languages, Communication and Media at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. She's currently working as a freelance journalist for two Italian publications: TwitMix Project and GingerGeneration.it

Why did you choose this program?

Working with RoosterGNN in Madrid

I chose this program because I had never had the opportunity to improve my writing and speaking skills in an international environment for more than a week.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My university didn't assist me. I did it all by myself by keeping in touch with RoosterGNN Academy.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Trust your instinct and embark on a marvelous adventure! You will gain a whole different perspective on life, you will make new friends and you will feel incredibly free and independent.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

My day was made up of a meeting (where we discussed ideas and opinions regarding our articles) or a workshop with a mentor or expert. In my case I got the chance to attend two workshops with two amazing journalists: Martin Roberts (Reuters, The Guardian, etc.) and Patricia Rafael Lage ( Broadly Spain, VICE News Spain, The New York Times).

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was my insecurity. This experience helped me boost my confidence.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience?

RoosterGNN Academy is in Madrid, the capital of sunny Spain. It's one of the most beautiful European cities I've ever been to. Basically, while in Madrid you can do whatever you want: visit a museum or a specific exhibition, you can go to the swimming pool, you can have a stroll through two of its grandest parks: El Retiro and Casa de Campo and you can go to a tapas bar and enjoy a good sangria.

RoosterGNN Academy also organizes two site visits. You will get the chance to see El Mundo's newsroom (one of the biggest Spanish broadsheets) and a cultural hub called El Matadero Madrid, which is set in the Arganzuela district.

If you can't wait to go to Madrid to start a wonderful journey, you can check RoosterGNN's website as they prepping for a new special internship in Cuba: a Travel and Photojournalism Internship Seminar.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Andoni Bengoechea Puigvert

Job Title
International Programs Coordinator, ROOSTERGNN Global News Network & ROOSTERGNN Academy
Andoni Bengoechea Puigvert is the International Programs Coordinator at ROOSTERGNN Global News Network and ROOSTERGNN Academy, where he supervises the Travel Journalism and Photography Internship Seminars in Madrid, Spain and Cuba.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Andoni Bengoechea Puigvert

Since working with ROOSTERGNN, I have become increasingly skilled at communicating across different cultures. As a global news agency, ROOSTERGNN currently has more than 700 contributors from all over the world, from the Ivory Coast to Singapore, from Venezuela to the United States and Canada, and of course, in Europe, where we have our corporate headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

The ROOSTERGNN Academy similarly attracts both students with an international profile, as well as students for whom it is their first time abroad. We are thus very conscious of making every student feel at home from day one, and turning their program abroad with us into the experience of a lifetime.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

ROOSTERGNN Academy Journalism Internship Seminar in Madrid, Spain

During one of our last programs, one student came up to me at the end of one of our hands-on journalism workshops, very excited. If she hadn’t had a big smile all over her face, I would have been worried because she was so fired up, she almost ran into me.

“Andoni, I finally found it (her future career path): I am going to be a travel writer!” she exclaimed.

“Great!” I answered, inquiring, “So did you figure that out right now?”

“Yes, Andoni, right now, during the workshop. It just clicked.”

It is moments of realization like these, when I feel truly honored to be part of a non-profit organization that not only promotes freedom of expression worldwide, but helps aspiring journalists find their future professions, and pursue them with hands-on tools and feedback they received from experts at ROOSTERGNN Academy.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Hand-picked "boutique" style colonial Cuban homes

Without a doubt: our Travel Journalism and Photography Internship Seminar in Havana and Trinidad, Cuba. I can’t rave enough about Cuba, an amazing country that is just opening up to the rest of the world. From its UNESCO World Heritage cities to its friendly people, Cuba is an ideal destination for all travel writers and photographers (let alone anyone who likes to travel in the first place).

Specifically, the Travel Journalism and Photography Internship Seminar is a full and fun-filled package. Students train with experts and mentors during Editorial Meetings, Journalism Workshops, Photography Workshops, Mentoring and Feedback Sessions. The program culminates in the publication of a travel guide, with all students receiving a byline on their articles and photographs.

Cultural Immersion and “people-to-people” contact at “boutique style” Cuban homes with Cuban families are the defining pillars of this program.

This is complemented with multiple events, including Site Visits to Local Projects, City Tours and Guided Excursions. To top it off, we have 24-hour bilingual local support, transportation and airport pick-up and drop-off.

Who wouldn’t want to go?

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

ROOSTERGNN Academy is made up of both young staff and experienced, prestigious experts and mentors. Together, we share a passion for freedom of expression and journalism education, two fundamental values that we nurture every single day. At ROOSTERGNN, we are a real team, supporting each other, and I’m both humbled and proud to be part of this unique organization.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

In my opinion, passion and communication are the key to success. Passion, because you must love what you do. And communication, because you must tell the world about what you love.