Third meeting of the second round of trainings and scientific conferences for young journalists and students from Ukraine, Poland and Belarus in the framework of the Citizen Journalism and Digital Media Dialogue for Social Participation project on November, 19 – 24, in Kyiv came to its end.
The closing conference of the long-term project took place in the Institute of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The speakers touched upon the problems of development of non-governmental media and interaction with the local authorities and non-governmental organizations. The representatives of the diplomatic corps of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Belarus took part in the conference.
The project coordinator Dr. Joachim Musholt told about the aims of the project.
“The aims of this apprenticeship is to qualify journalists, and students and NGOs. We also intended to create a network between the organizations. We’d love to discuss and show people the progress of the reforms in civil society, to enhance the civil engagement and develop this community, promote freedom of speech and so on. We had some meetings with politicians, TV channels, with organizations and institutions like police, mayors, and professors. So they are involved into this project, they are engaged into bringing progress to the reforms,” says Joachim Musholt told.
Musholt also added that the coordinators wanted to do some decentralization in media.
“We also wanted to do decentralize something in media,” added Joachim Musholt.
“We wanted to do our next project with Armenians. May be some people would like to come to us and make a government apprenticeship, or apprenticeship in agricultural sector. The Minister for Foreign Affairs would support this, as he can see the progress. We created a documentary on Chernobyl, and the handicapped people. The other theme was how to organize a public channel,” Joachim Musholt told us.
The project Citizen Journalism and Digital Media Dialogue for Social Participation is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. OK:TV Ludwigshafen, another organization involved, is an open channel which allows citizens to come, make videos and broadcast programs.
Among other members of the board, Dieter Koster, representing the Embassy of the German Federal Republic, Dr. Wolfgang Ressmann, media expert and the head of Offene Kanal Ludwigshafen, a regional German TV channel, Volodymyr Danyliuk, the head of the non-governmental organisation Forum of Ukrainian Journalists, Armenian political strategist Grant Melik-Shahnazaryan, Volodymyr Rizun, director of the Institute of Journalism of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ihor Chaika, representing independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine.