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Screening documentary ‘Breaking News: Spending the Same Day in Two Different Newsrooms’

  • Tomáš Bojar
Thursday 10 October 2019
De Haagse Hogeschool
Johanna Westerdijkplein 75
2521 EN The Hague

Czech Centre Rotterdam, Universiteit Leiden, University of Groningen, and CEES.center present the screening of the Czech film ‘Breaking News: Spending the Same Day in Two Different Newsrooms’. Director Tomáš Bojar will be there to exchange views and answer questions.

Czech TV newsroom, Picture by Erwin Verbruggen

A fresh and authentic inside look into the practices of journalists

One day, two newsrooms, one event that has grabbed the headlines. Tonight, the Czech president is expected to make it clear whether he is going to run for the office again, announcing his decision to a group of his sympathizers and supporters gathered at the Prague Castle. Journalists are not allowed to attend the event, and will only be notified about the president’s decision the next day. This obviously piques their interest and they want to get the information tonight.

The newsrooms in the Czech Television and Hospodářské noviny daily have been closely monitoring the event since early this morning. This gives us the opportunity to get a close look at two different teams of reporters and editors as they put together their ‘breaking news’, both covering one and the same event. However, the way these two newsrooms go about their business is not quite the same. The resulting document offers a very fresh and authentic inside look into the practices of journalists working for the traditional media, within the context of our hectic times characterised by information overload.

About Tomáš Bojar

Tomáš Bojar (1981) has a degree in politics, law and moral philosophy from the Charles University in Prague. He has been active in the film industry since 2003, first as a script-writer, later also as a producer and director.

He worked on multiple film projects in a creative duo with Pavel Abrahám—most notably on two feature length documentaries, Czech RAPublic (2008) and Two Nil (2012). Together with Rozálie Kohoutová he directed a feature-length documentary FC Roma (2016). Together with Zuzana Špidlová he recently completed a documentary series The Magnificent Five, which will be screened by the Czech Television in the following months. He also worked as a a co-writer of different feature film scripts (most notably The Ritual and The Caravan), which are yet to be filmed.

Tomáš Bojar runs a small-scale production company Cinema Arsenal.

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