Journalistic project enables career development

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Journalists and journalism students will be able to increase their professional capacity
on topics related to poverty, migration and minorities

37789215_2162285233842617_3936584358554501120_nThe project “Reporting Effectively on Development, Minorities & Migration” aims to raise EU public awareness of the interconnections between the EU and developing countries on issues concerning poverty, migration and minority exclusion. In addition, the specific objective is to improve media coverage of development by strengthening the capacity of journalists and journalism students through non-formal education opportunities to report sensitively on poverty, migration and minority issues.

The activities of the project are:
Five 8-week online courses (in English) on development, minorities and migration for 200 journalists and journalism students (50 from Bulgaria)
Participants will be expected to devote 2-3 hours every week towards reading, doing their own research, completing the quizzes and tests, and doing the assignments.
1-month internships for journalism students graduates of online training at national media outlets
Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF) will facilitate 20 journalism students from Bulgaria, graduates of the online course, to go on one-month internships at national media. Selection will primarily be based on the level and quality of applicants’ participation in the online training course. In their applications, they will be asked how they plan to use their internships, and to demonstrate competence and interest in development journalism. Writing samples of published or unpublished media pieces will be required to test their research and writing skill.
7-day face-to-face training and site visits for 80 journalists and journalism students to urgent frontline EU arrival points and to Africa
Participants in the online training who have demonstrated ability, potential and commitment will be offered the possibility to attend 7 day trips encompassing face-to-face training events (2 days) and study visits to frontline EU arrival points in Italy and Greece (and possibly Spain) and to countries of origin in Africa (5 days). Participants will be selected with a view to providing a good geographic spread across the target countries as well as gender balance. The visits will help the participants break down stereotypes and understand the realities confronting migrants arriving at the EU’s external borders, and communities of origin and why their members are migrating. Furthermore, given that a key obstacle for media outlets in the target countries is lack of resources for in-depth field reporting, the study visits will provide participants with opportunities to interview firsthand and identify personal stories. This will strengthen the development of positive narratives concerning development and migration.
20 stipends to most active online trainees for investigative reporting projects
The project will offer stipends or bursaries of up to €1,600 to 20 successful participants to conduct in-depth reporting on issues relating to development, migration and minorities. Smaller amounts will be granted to those who choose to apply for funds to stay on in the same locations as the study visits to conduct further in-depth reporting, whereas the upper amount will allow those who are successful to plan their own independent trips. The grants contribute towards travel costs, accommodation, insurance, per diems, etc. It will not be used as fees or salaries.

Within the framework of the project will be organized national high-profile round tables about on development journalism for senior media professionals. The university journalism professors and the senior editors most active and engaged in the national roundtables will be invited to attend international high-profile roundtables on development journalism. Two annual prizes per target country will be awarded to journalists who have published outstanding pieces of development journalism. Photo-stories will also be eligible.

Partners of the project: Minority Rights Group Europe (MRGE) – applicant, based in Budapest, Hungary; Minority Rights Group International (MRGI), UK; Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF), Bulgaria; Cracow Economic University, Poland; The Human Rights League, Slovakia

Deadline for participants: 31 August, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Stanimira Hadjimitova,;, +359 888 242 592.

South East European Partnership for Media Development

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cropped-seemedia-partnership-logoThe South East European Partnership for Media Development  Project  ends today, after four years of hard but rewarding work by partners in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. It brought together  journalists, media centers and institutes, trade unions, CSOs, academics and policy makers whose combined efforts aimed at the development of independent and accountable media in the Western Balkans.

“It was a tremendous journey. We analyzed the lives of journalists and faced the challenges they face, all over the region. We tapped into positive energies but also hit obstacles more or less visible. We wish we could say that we find the region in a better state than four years ago. This is not the case. The threats to media freedom and independence are even more serious and the need for good, responsible journalism is bigger than ever. Good journalism needs not only good professionals and employers, but also good public, educated and willing to consume and support truth and transparency”, said Ioana Av?dani, director of the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest and project manager.

Under the project, the partners produced two overarching regional studies: one on the labour relations in the media in the region and a second one focusing on media literacy and education. The studies have been discussed at national and regional level by hundreds of journalists and scholars and resulted in policy recommendations. The partners also monitored the freedom of expression in the region and produced a series of studies addressing issues such as the hate speech on religious grounds, the digitalization of the media or the role of social media in setting up the public agenda.

“Threats towards media professionals and the lack of sensitivity to freedom of expression is a crime and we expect politicians to protect these freedoms rather than limit them. Underestimating the freedom of expression is equal to non-observance of good international standards and practices and contributes to SEE region’s poor image on the global media scene”, says Yana Pelovska, Managing Director of the Media Development Center, Bulgaria.

SEE Partnership for Media Development was implemented by a consortium coordinated by the Center for Independent Journalis, (Romania) and composed of: Albanian Media Institute, Mediacenter for Media and Civil Society Development (BiH), Media Initiatives – Association  for Media Development and Promotion of Professional Journalism (BiH), Macedonian Institute for Media (Macedonia), Montenegro Media Institute (Montenegro), Foundation  Media Center (Serbia), Media and Reform Centre Nis (Serbia), Media Development Center (Bulgaria). Media professionals from Kosovo and Turkey were also involved. More information about the project is available at:

“The project may end, but it will continue to produce results. We raised awareness of issues less addressed, we increased the advocacy capacities of media organizations, we put topics on the public agendas in the countries we worked in. It is important for our work to continue, for more and more stakeholders to join their efforts in protecting the freedom of expression, in all its forms”, concluded Avadani.

The Project was co-financed by the European Commission, the Civil Society Facility, Media Freedom and Accountability Programme, Europe Aid/134613/C/ACT/MULTI

Media Development Center becomes the first Bulgarian partner of European Association for Viewers Interests (EAVI)

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EAVI – Media Literacy for Citizenship is committed to serve public interest in the fields of media in Europe and to promote media literacy world-wide

beyond-fake-news_COLOUR_WEBThe Media Development Center (MDC), Bulgaria, signed a collaboration agreement and became a member of the Brussels-based European Association for Viewers Interests (EAVI). The Bulgarian organization will reinforce the partnership network of 40 associations, institutions and companies from all across Europe and beyond and will strengthen the advocacy efforts for media literacy and full citizenship in Europe.

Full and active citizenship in Europe is increasingly reliant on media literacy skills. By empowering Europeans as responsible media users, EAVI is actually working towards the goal of a healthy, democratic, more cohesive society.

 “Becoming part of EAVI is of high importance to us as this partnership brings added value to our scope of work, especially in the area of media literacy. It will allow us to deliver integrated services across Europe and beyond. We are willing to develop, disseminate and exchange ideas of best practices in the media literacy field and to boost the networking and cross-border cooperation in Europe”, said Yana Pelovska, Managing Director of the Media Development Center.

By joining forces EAVI and the Media Development Center will facilitate the adoption of initiatives that enable citizens read, write and participate in public life through the media. EAVI represents citizens interests in the European sphere through lobbying, conferences, networking, research, media literacy focused projects, the development of good practices and the production of online content of resources with a particular attention to the education of young people.

Media Development Center, Sofia (MDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1998. It was established to promote independent media in Bulgaria, and to foster capacity-building of the media by encouraging good practice in journalism, stimulating the professional ethics, institutionalizing the dialogue among the state administration, the media and the NGO sector.