​Production workshop for print and online media – deadline 13 May

Thomson Foundation and International Institute for Regional Media and Information, supported by the European Union, invite journalists from regional media to production workshops in the frame of the Regional Voices project:

  • 23 – 27 May, production training for print and online journalists in Lviv
  • 30 May – 3 June, production training for print and online media in Poltava

The aim of each five-day workshop is that by the end of the training each participant has a high-impact, balanced story for immediate, real time publication. Journalists will be meeting with IDPs, local authorities’ representatives, experts. They could assess and compare how IDPs live in Lviv/Poltava and regions where participants are from; what challenges and problems they face.

Oliver Wates, Thomson Foundation, and IRMI’s local experts will help participants to research and structure information, find balance and final editing.  

Check out articles prepared by RV’s participants in Kharkiv and Kherson here and here respectively (in Russian).

  • 30 May – 1 June – inter-regional workshop in Poltava. Co-authoring articles on IDPs. 

During mentoring sessions applicants will work in teams with the host towns’ journalists to explore in depth challenges faced by IDPs in Poltava region. With international trainer Mark Webster’s (Thomson Foundation) and local expert Iryna Dudka’s (IRMI) support, journalists will identify their stories, analyse, find unique angels, write up, and have ready for publishing with double-by-line. 

Check out some materials prepared by RVs’ participants during previous sessions here and here. 

If you participated in the Regional Voices production workshops before and want to work with one of the colleagues from another region, please submit a joint application for two. 

To participate in one of the workshop, fill-in online form by 13 May, Friday. 

The organizers will provide accommodation, meals and reimburse tickets. 

For more information about the workshops contact Regional Voices Project team at (044) 498- 51-75 or by email regional.voices.ua@gmail.com 

About trainers: 

Oliver Waites, United Kingdom, Thomson Foundation media trainer. An independent media and journalism trainer since 1998, Oliver spent 21 years as a full-time correspondent for Reuters News Agency. Working in Latin America, south west Asia and Russia, he reported on everything from war and terrorism to politics, economics and sport, and led Reuters' coverage of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Oliver now designs and delivers workshops in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian to journalists, ministers, civil servants and communications professionals, and his clients include Reuters Foundation, European Journalism Centre, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the World Health Organisation. 

Mark Webster, Thomson Foundation media trainer. Mark’s 30-year career in journalism, he worked for the Financial Times, the Evening Standard, ITN and Channel Five News. As a print and broadcast journalist he has covered conflicts in many places including: Uganda, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Kosovo, Chechnya and Northern Ireland. During that time he has lost a number of journalist friends and colleagues due to the fighting so can give some personal insight into the difficulties and dangers faced by reporters in war zones and the pressures they face to achieve balanced reporting. 

Iryna Dudka, Ukraine, IRMI’s local expert. Iryna has 17 years of experience in public relations. She is teaching PR at Poltava Regional Advance Training Centre for public officials and local authorities representatives. 

About the Project: 

Regional Voices: Strengthening Conflict Sensitive Coverage in Ukraine’s Regional Media is a year and a half EU funded initiative, implemented by the Media Consortium of five organizations: Thomson Foundation, Institute of Regional Media and Information (IRMI), MEMO 98, Association Spilnyi Prostir (ASP) and The European Journalism Centre.


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