News Reporting Training for Ukranian Journalists

November 14th-16th, 2012 – Kyiv, Ukraine- Twenty journalists from various regions of Ukraine (TV, radio, print and online mass media professionals) participated in the News Reporting training the primary aim of which was to raise editorial and reporting standards while presenting international news and EU-related issues. This three-phase training is a part of the Media Neighbourhood programme, funded by EU and run by BBC Media Action and a consortium international media organizations (IREX Europe, Fondation AFP, L’Orient-Le Jour, CFI, French Televisions Group, LDK and the Media Development Center).

During this first phase three-day training mass media professionals had opportunity to learn more about best world standards of news coverage, how to make international stories human, relevant, understandable and interesting as well as develop a better understanding of EU .

Thus on the first day of the workshop, David Stulik, the EU Delegation’s press and information officer, introduced the training with an instructive insight into EU-media relationships in Ukraine and the EU’s work.

The other two days were devoted to thorough group evaluation of the participants’ own news stories. There were a series of questions raised as to the package construction, writing and interviewing techniques, modern production techniques.

As a part of the training Ukrainian journalist visited EU-funded programme - WENET, Network of E-Learning Training in Tourism at the Kyiv National Transport University and produced stories using information gathered during the visit. This was a great opportunity to learn about EU initiative and an exercise focused on how to eliminate shortcomings identified during the previous feedback session and meet international standards. ‘For me it is important not only to learn theory but to apply it in practice. Media Neighbourhood trainers’ professional advices given during the training turned out to be very much useful .’ – Andriy Hetman, ICTV channel.

On the last day of the workshop trainer Jillian Hocking and Russell Peasgood discussed journalism ethics and particular consideration was given to the problem of paid-for content.

The workshop concluded with the introduction to iLearn, BBC online educational platform, followed by the introduction of the participants to their individual mentors, Ukrainian senior journalists – who are going to provide editorial and production advice to the programme participants throughout the production period, that is a second phase of the programme until the third phase training in June 2013.

During the first training phase in news reporting, mass media professionals had opportunity to learn more about best practice standards of news coverage and how to make international stories human, relevant, understandable and interesting. On the first day of the workshop, David Stulik, the EU Delegation’s press and information officer, introduced the training with an instructive insight into EU-media relationships in Ukraine and the EU’s work.

The other two days were devoted to thorough group evaluation of the participants’ own news stories. There were a series of questions raised as to the package construction, writing and interviewing techniques, modern production techniques.

As a part of the training, Ukrainian journalists visited the EU-funded programme - WENET, Network of E-Learning Training in Tourism at the National Transport University. This was a great opportunity to learn about EU initiative and an exercise focused on how to eliminate shortcomings identified during the feedback session and meet international standards.

On the last day of the workshop, trainer Jillian Hocking and Russell Peasgood discussed journalism ethics and particular consideration was given to the problem of paid-for content.

The workshop concluded with the introduction to iLearn, BBC online educational platform, followed by the introduction of the participants to their individual mentors – who are going to provide editorial and production advice to the programme participants throughout the production period until the second phase training in June 2013.



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Trainer Russell Peagood tells how to make stories relevant and understandable
Project visit to Kyiv National Transport University
Production time after the project visit
Pictures of participants

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