The classes will be conducted by professional staff with many years of experience in working in the field of traditional and electronic media.
These will be specialists familiar with immigrant Polish communities and the media market in the United Kingdom During the classes, the latest trends on the electronic media market will be presented.
Marek Zając – journalist, feature writer, social activist, academic teacher at the Tischner European University in Krakow. Graduate of journalism and social communication at the Jagiellonian University. He began his journalistic road – from an intern, to a section head to the main managing editor and deputy editor-in-chief in “Tygodnik Powszechny” in 2000; he also worked in the daily “Polska. The Times” and “Przekrój”. He published over 200 reportages, interviews and feature articles in papers and magazines in Poland and abroad. He deals with social, political, religious and historical issues. For the past six years he has been cooperating with the Polish Television – he hosted a feature programme “Mam inne zdanie” (“I’m of a different opinion”) and the morning programme “Kawa czy herbata” (“Coffee or tea”). Currently, he hosts the Sunday programme “Między ziemią a niebem” (“Between the Earth and Heaven”) and “Informacje Kulturalne” (“Cultural News”) on TVP Kultura. He received a prestigious journalistic award – the Bishop Jan Chrapek “Ślad”, and the title of the best feature writer of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. Since 2006, he has been the secretary of the International Auschwitz Board to the Prime Minister of Poland, a member of the Board of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and vice-chairman of the Club of Catholic Intellectuals in Warsaw.
Jarosław Flis, PhD – adjunct professor at the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication, where he has been working since 1997. Graduate of sociology at the Jagiellonian University, where he also defended his doctoral dissertation in the area of management. He specialises in the field of public relations, sociology of politics and management of public institutions. He is particularly interested in the institutional conditions of public communication and the influence of communication on managing public institutions. He is an expert in the Polish Sejm Extraordinary Commission for considering projects of selected acts in the field of election law and in the Constitutional Commission.
His practical experience consists, among others, in working as a spokesman for the President of the Krakow City, advisor at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland and at the Marshal Office in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. He prepared and took part in carrying out the process of socialising the Strategy of Development of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship and a series of workshops improving acting in crisis situations for the Polish National Fire Department. He acted as a consultant regarding social participation in the Programme of Institutional Development conducted by the Ministry of Interior and Administration, funded by the World Bank. He is a recipient of the award “Praesignis” for the best doctoral dissertation devoted to the Lesser Poland region.
He wrote articles for “Rzeczpospolita”, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Dziennik. Polska the Times” and journals in his area of expertise. Feature writer for “Tygodnik Powszechny”. He permanently cooperates with the Polish Television, TVN, Polsat, daily papers and opinion weeklies as a commentator.
Marek Stremecki – 35 years of experience in the job. The beginnings date back to the period of his studies (actors’ school in Krakow – not completed, Theatre studies and the Jagiellonian University – completed). The first news item he published in “Gazeta Krakowska” pertained to the Lajkonik celebrations, and the first article there signed with his full name described Tadeusz Kantor’s famous Cricot Theatre. In the 1980s he worked in a Tarnow weekly writing theatre reviews, pieces about art, but also – which sounds humorous today – reportages from a potato purchase centre. However, he mostly dealt with the technical side and contacts with the censorship in this paper. The former experience is useless now (as the computer took the place of the lead technology), while the latter proves useful, as he uses the knowledge gained about the dark side of the People’s Republic of Poland as a journalist. He made use of his love to acquiring information and its fast passing on in Radio Zet in the 1990s, a job that was preceded by “romantic” toil in the Conservative paper “Czas Krakowski”. He also edited dispatches at the Polish Press Agency, he had his own TV programme in TV Religia entitled “The scalpel and the soul” (still available for watching), he conducted evening interviews in Polish Radio 3. In his current job in the Museum of History of Poland he writes and edits texts for web pages. He appears on the radio as an expert on the People’s Republic of Poland. He is a Krakow man living in Warsaw – as he says, “it is tough at times.”
Mariusz Pełechaty – strategist, teaches brand management at the University of Wrocław. Co-author of the book “E-marketing w akcji” [“E-marketing in action”] (2008). As the Head of Social Media in the Lemon Sky advertising agency he leads a team responsbile for social media activities for, among others, such brands as Orange (Serce i Rozum), Tesco (Eksperci Tesco), Tymbark, Winiary or Palmolive, which received awards in many competitions.
Jan Wróbel – Polish journalist, feature writer, teacher, historian. Since 1999 he fulfilled the function of deputy editor in chief of the daily “Życie”. He worked at the editorial board of the weekly “Nowe Państwo”, of “Dziennik Polska-Europa-Świat” and “Europa” (then a supplement first to “Fakt” and then to “Dziennik Polska-Europa-Świat”), where he was the first secretary of the editorial board. He published in “Fronda” and “Newsweek”. Between November 2009 and May 2009 he fulfilled the function of the editor in chief of the web service Redakcja.pl. Feature writer of “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” and the weekly “Wprost”. Since May 2010 he heads the Wednesday editions of Poranek Radia Tok FM. He was an advisor and the author of many speeches of the prime minister Jerzy Buzek. In 1989, he became a teacher at the I Społeczne Liceum Ogólnokształcące [1st Social High School] in Warsaw, and, subsequently, its headmaster. He is the author of history textbooks Odnaleźć przeszłość [To find the past] and the books Jak przetrwać w szkole i nie zwariować [How to survive at school and not go insane] (2010) and Zbrodnia doskonała [The perfect crime] (2011).
Leszek Rafalski – graduate of the AGH University of Science and Technology and of Postgraduate Journalistic Study at the Jagiellonian University. Editor in chief of “Gazeta Krakowska” (2004), deputy editor in chief of “Gazeta Krakowska” (1994-2004). Previously, among others, the make-up editor and the sports section editor at “Dziennik Polski”, editor of the feature articles and reportage section in “Tempo”. Recipient of the “Złote Pióro” (Golden Pen) prize and winner of several Polish press reportage competitions. Teacher of journalism at the Jagiellonian University (since 1998) and in the Journalism Study of the Pedagogical University. Founder and publisher of the Stylowy Magazyn Studencki “SMS”.