Journalistic project enables career development

Written by Център за развитие на медиите. Posted in News, Workshops and trainings

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 Writing samples of published or unpublished media pieces will be required to test their research and writing skill.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, genderproekt@gmail.com; office@gender-bg.org, +359 888 242 592.

Unique Legal Training Program For Journalists, Civil Society Advocates and Media Lawyers in Central and Southeastern Europe

Written by Център за развитие на медиите. Posted in Workshops and trainings

The Center for Media, Data, and Society at the School of Public Policy of Central European University, is announcing an open call for candidates for its certificate-based legal training program for journalists, civil society advocates and media lawyers in Central and Southeastern Europe. European Journalism in the Digital Age (EJDA) is a unique ‘hybrid’-style online and offline course that focuses on providing participants with the fundamentals of media and freedom of expression law in the digital age and practical solutions for combatting threats from litigants, hackers, and hostile governments. The course features an intensive two-day workshop in Belgrade on the weekend of May 20-21, 2017, followed by nine weeks of top-level online instruction.

The program is highly selective.  We are looking for the region’s most highly skilled and committed practitioners, regardless of age or experience.  The program, which seeks to create an elite network of journalists, activists, and lawyers, covers all expenses, including tuition and travel.

  • codes of ethics and professional standards for public watchdogs;
  • access to information in possession of public bodies;
  • defamation and libel;
  • privacy;
  • source protection and working with whistleblowers;
  • working with documents that are leaked, classified, illegally obtained;
  • personal and digital security.

Tuition for the 10-week course is free. All expenses will be paid by the program.

The program features an all-star team of instructors, including Gillian Phillips, the top in-house lawyer for The Guardian, Nani Jansen Reventlow, a noted human rights and freedom of expression scholar and advocate on the international scene, Djordje Krivokapic, Legal and Policy Director of SHARE Foundation and lecturer at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Belgrade and Dean Starkman, a Pulitzer-prize winning investigative reporter and noted media critic. The course is funded by the Open Society Foundations and is supported by SHARE Foundation, Serbia.

Successful participants will receive a professional certificate from the CEU School of Public Policy, signed by the Dean and verifiable for employers.

We think of this course as some of a first aid kit and survival guide for European journalists and others in the digital age to protect themselves from legal, regulatory, digital and physical threats, and to head off trouble before it starts.

But it’s something else, too. EJDA also seeks to forge lasting bonds between our participants and staff to create a network of committed journalists, advocates and lawyers to help defend journalism, media independence and democracy generally. Apply today and join us. Application deadline: March 31, 2017, at 17.00 (5pm) Central European Time

Backpack Journalism

Written by Център за развитие на медиите. Posted in Seminars

invitation_Backpack JournalismProfessional discussion and seminars “Backpacked Journalism” will be organized by the Media Development Center with the financial support of the US Embassy in Bulgaria.
The events will be held as follow:
– October 3, 2016, Sofia – professional discussion for representatives of the national media;
– October 4, 2016, Sofia – seminar for representatives of regional media from Southwestern and Northwestern Bulgaria;
– 5 and 6 October 2016, Stara Zagora – seminar for representatives of regional media from the central regions of North and South Bulgaria;
– October 7, 2016, Varna – seminar for representatives of regional media from Southeast and Northeast Bulgaria.
The trainings will be conducted by Kevin Sites, American author and freelance journalist. He has been covering armed conflicts from all over the world for ABC, NBC, CNN, and Yahoo! News. Called „the grandpa of backpack journalism“ by the press, Sites paved the path for fearless reporters who work independently and carry in their backpacks digital technology to shoot, write, edit and send multimedia messages from the most dangerous places around the world.
The events will cover topics such as:
– Backpack Journalism or lessons of war;
– Challenges of the profession in the digital era;
– Online media coverage;
– Improvisation, techniques for interviewing, editing, camera work;
– Ethics;
– TV, print, radio with video, text, audio.
All this will be presented in the light of the challenges that every journalist is facing while working in the modern era of rapid development of technology. For further information and registration, please contact the Media Development Centre.