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For anyone interested in joining a basic introduction to photography course. Francesco Arese Visconti is organising a workshop the week-end of 31 October. Here are the details:


This is a two-day introductory course to basic digital photography. Students will be able to become more comfortable with using a DSLR camera, learning about their adjustments, how to photograph using manual settings, how these adjustments affect the final image and how to adjust photographs on the computer. Students will learn how to digitally process their images using basic Photoshop elements and format them for print or for the web. There will be discussions about photography as a visual language of communication and artistic expression


Day 1
10 – 13:Theory. Basic aspects of photographic cameras
14 – 17:Pratice on the field

Day 2
10 – 13: Image post – production. Downloading of the images, first critique, introduction to Photoshop
14 – 17: Photoshop elements and final critique

Cost: CHF 500.-

Those who are interested can contact Francesco directly at

About Francesco:

Francesco is an experienced and published freelance photographer, who has worked for important museums and public institutions. He is a member of the Union Suisse des Photographes Professionnels (USPP) and currently Deputy Head of the Media Communications department and Coordinator of the Photography Program at Webster University Geneva. He has also organised a number of photography workshops including a summer programme in Italy and courses at Urbino Art Village, a centre for creative workshops in Italy. For further information:


We are pleased to announce that there are five places available for members free-of-charge to follow a three day masters-level course on communication research and planning scheduled in Geneva for May 2014.

The course is offered by the International University in Geneva and is part of its Masters in Media and Communications. The course will be taught be Dr Jon White, a renown author and consultant in this field. Those who complete the course can consider using the credits towards completing a masters, if all conditions are fulfilled.

Dates: Thursday – Saturday; 1-3 May 2014; 09h30-17h00

Cost: Free of charge: participants will have to cover lunches, transport and cost of text book (optional)

Registration: email the University Registrar to register: – but be quick, only five places are available!

Location: the course will be held at the International University in Geneva – ICC 20, Rte de Pré-Bois – 1215 Geneva 15, Switzerland

Further information on the course: Participants are introduced to an analysis of public relations theory and practice and guided on the planning and evaluation of public relations and communication programs. During the course, participants develop an academic and practical insight into best practices in corporate and marketing communication. Topics covered include: Defining evaluation, Points of evaluation in the communication process, Gathering information – basic research methods, Basic media evaluation techniques, Evaluation structures and processes, Online PR measurement, Measuring relationships, Getting budget for research.

Further information on the lecturer: Dr. White is a consultant in management and organisation development, public affairs, public relations and corporate communications management and has worked in public and private sector organisations in Europe, the United States, South Africa, Australia, and Canada. He has been involved in the development of university communication programs in Canada, UK and Switzerland. Dr. White has written articles and books on corporate communications practice, including “How to Understand and Manage Public Relations”, “Strategic Communications Management: Making Public Relations Work” and contributed to the “Excellence in Public Relations and Communications Management” series led by Professor James Grunig. A chartered psychologist, Dr White holds a doctorate in psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 The Graduate Institute in Geneva currently offers an Executive Certificate on Advocacy in International Affairs. We are pleased to announce that members of the Geneva Communicators Network (that’s you) can benefit from a scholarship from 25% to 50% reduction on tuition fees. The application deadline is 30 November 2013.

The Executive Certificate runs from January to June 2014. The programme is especially designed for working professionals with classes on alternate Fridays and Saturdays.

Learn more about the programme>> 

Learn more about the scholarships>> 

View video testimonials of past students >>

The Call for Papers for the International History of Public Relations Conference 2014 has been announced:

There are two new additional themes – Public relations of media organisations, and Public relations and technology

Abstracts are due on Monday December 16. Send to

The CERAH of Geneva have launched a new 7 week certificate on Communication and Advocacy and Humanitarian Action that will start in February 2013.

Following is a description of the course:

Clear and efficient communication is essential to the success of projects carried out in emergency settings. NGO employees have to communicate effectively with each other, and often have to deal with media enquiries and inter-agency cooperation.

Communication during emergencies confronts several, important challenges. Humanitarian workers need to, often simultaneously, build positive relations with journalists, raise awareness and funds and lobby their cause.  

It is therefore important for humanitarian professionals to understand the different stages and strategies, which play out during emergency communication.  These range from the production and reception of information, to the use of old and new media and communication tools and to the formulation of effective press releases. Such practical expertise and competence needs to be complemented by critical understanding of media ethics and the wider media image of humanitarian action. This course delivers on both aspects.

Further information>>

The Geneva Communicators Network is a platform to exchange views, news and information for communication professionals working in the Geneva region, Switzerland. Currently the network has over 1000 members including professionals from the PR, communications, media and marketing fields, more info>>

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