Welcome to the OPEN Media Hub

The OPEN Media Hub Project focuses on high quality TV and video production and exchange among Neighbourhood and EU broadcast and online media and on strengthening of a professional community of journalist across the Neighbourhood.

OPEN Media Hub Activities

Management training

  • management and senior editor masterclasses for broadcast media
  • management and senior editor masterclasses for print and online media

Journalism training

  • advanced training for broadcast journalists
  • in-depth broadcast production workshops
  • advanced training for print and online journalists
  • understanding and covering the EU – specialized beat training for reporters

Content exchange platforms

  • broadcast quality TV exchange platform
  • exchange platform for online and print media

Production support

  • individual awards for thematically focused production of various television and video formats (news, feature stories, shorts, interactive video etc.)

Peer-to-peer support

  • short term placement of journalists at TV stations in the EU
  • in-house management mentoring for broadcast, online and print media for participants in the management masterclasses
  • peer-to-peer events for managers and senior editors (insider-guided participation in industry events in the EU)
  • insider-guided participation in regional events

What We’ve Done so far

Management Master Classes for Broadcast and Print and Online media

The first Management Master Classes for Broadcast and Print and Online media took place in Moldova on April 19-21, 2016. The Master Classes were dedicated to ‘surviving in a small and fragmented market’, a theme selected to best address the needs of the media outlets in the current Moldovan media landscape. A total of 24 media managers participated in the event and discussed the further involvement of their media in the OPEN Media Hub activities. The planned next steps for Moldova include the organization of advanced training for broadcast reporters at the end of May and for print and online journalists from the targeted media planned for the first week of July. Preparation is also underway for a call for expression of interest to support the production of TV and online video content. Further, the Open Media Hub will follow up with the managers participating in the Master Class with on-the-spot mentoring provided by international consultants.

Media Managers from Moldova meeting with HE Pirkka Tapiola during the Media Management Master Class in Chisinau

The OPEN Media Hub Launches Advanced Broadcast Training Course and In-House Media Management Consultations in Moldova

On 27th May- 1st June OPEN Media Hub’s trainer Kevin Bishop worked with 15 TV reporters and cameramen from Moldova on the first Advanced Reporting Course for Broadcast Journalists in Chisinau. The course helped improve participants’ storytelling, filming and editing skills. The stories produced will form the basis of a half hour programme on the issue of migration hosted by participant Lyudmila Barba in July on public TV, Moldova. The trainer for this course Kevin Bishop, who also carried out the Broadcast Media Master Class in Moldova earlier in the year has started a series of in-house consultations with TV stations in Moldova to help them improve management and production skills.

Master Classes in Media Management in Georgia

On June 28th-30th 2016 The OPEN Media Hub carried out parallel Master Classes for broadcast, print and online media in Georgia. Over 30 participants from media organizations across Georgia participated in the two events hosted by Rob Parsons for Broadcast and Veselin Vachkov for Print and Online media.

Veselin Vačkov, Print And Onlime Media Management Trainer

Veselin Vačkov is a well-known Czech journalist and media executive. Currently, he is the director of the oldest and most prestigious Czech daily newspaper Lidové noviny. Previously, between 2000 and 2009, he served as the paper’s editor-in-chief. Between 2009 and 2013, he was the regional director of the MAFRA Media Group. He has been member of the Supervisory board of the Czech Publishers’ Association since 2008. Veselin holds a degree in English, Czech and Slavic Studies from Charles University in Prague. He has also completed a Ph.D. degree there. He is an alumnus of Jesus College, University of Oxford, where he studied computational linguistics. He started his journalistic career as business reporter and foreign correspondent. As editor-in-chief he oversaw the thorough modernization of Lidové noviny ant its news site Lidovky.cz and their transformation into an integrated multimedia operation. Veselin lives in Prague. He is a seasoned long-distance runner.

Robert Parsons, Broadcast Management Trainer

Robert Parsons is the Chief Foreign editor at France 24 English. He joined the channel as an international affairs editor for the launch in 2006. In 2010 he moved to Georgia for 20 months to set up PIK TV, a 24-hour TV and internet news channel broadcasting in Russian throughout the Russian-speaking world. Robert worked 18 years for the BBC, including nine years as Moscow correspondent (TV and radio) from 1993 to 2002. As a reporter, Robert was sent to many countries (Iraq, Ukraine, Israel,...). He joined Radio Free Europe as director of the Georgian Service in 2003. He speaks English, Russian, Georgian and French.

The Master Classes of the Open Media Hub are specially designed for managers and senior editors of television, print and online media outlets and are intended to help them develop advanced management skills and to include their media organizations in the package of activities and services provided by the Media Hub over the next years.

Password protected page: Materials from the Print and Online Master Class

Advanced Reporting Workshop for Print and Online media, Chisinau, July 4-6, 2016

The advanced reporting workshop for journalists from print and online media in Moldova followed up on the Media Management Master Class carried out by the OPEN Media Hub in April. Thirteen reporters, representing leading national dailies and websites like “Jurnal de Chisinau”, “Evenimentul Zilei”, “Ziarul de Garda” and NewsMaker, and local and regional publications and online media including media from the Russian speaking regions of Gagauzia, Taraclia, the north of Moldova and from the separatist region of Transnistria took part in the workshop. The majority of participants came from media which signed MOU’s with the OPEN Media Hub and were encouraged to participate by their managers who had participated in the Master Class.

The Production Workshop for print and online journalists was delivered by Oliver Wates, an independent media consultant with decades of experience in the former Soviet Union. Ruslan Mihalevski, the OPEN Media Hub social media manager for the Eastern Neighbourhood assisted Oliver Wates with the logistical, but also with the new media aspects of the training. The EU Ambassador to Moldova Mr. Pirkka Tapiola made time to meet with the participants in the workshop and had a candid discussion with them about the current relations between the EU and the country.

The training covered the following areas of expertise: advanced reporting skills for multi-platform journalism; research and preparation of stories; advanced writing skills for print and online; advanced research tools; practical work with available advanced online reporting tools; better use of audio, video and infographics; handling User Generated Content; effective social media usage etc.

The workshop was practically oriented and resulted in the development and publication of interesting and engaging stories covering a variety of activities supported by the EU in the country like decentralization and local government development, new trade opportunities, protecting the environment, consumer protection and others. The OPEN Media Hub will follow up with the participating media later in 2016 by providing in-house consultations and production support for more quality media production.

Master Class in Media Management, Amman, July 17-19

The Master Class in Media Management for managers of Jordanian media was led by Ian Black, the Middle East editor of the Guardian. It covered the following areas of media expertise: managing multi-platform content, newsroom workflow and editorial management, including integrated newsrooms; handling social media and user-generated content, and HR development with special focus on development in the age of social and mobile media. Thematically, special focus was given to topical issues, such as the ongoing armed conflicts in the region and the refugee crisis as well the media coverage of terrorism and radicalization. The leader of the Master Class also had an interactive session with the participants about how the Western media cover the region and how media in Jordan may have a bigger impact on the way their region and country are being covered internationally. One of the most appreciated parts of the Master Class was dedicated to the difficult transition the traditional media are going through in order to react to the new digital environment. The experience of Ian Black and The Guardian was used as the starting point of a professional discussion how the media can best adapt their workflow and editorial policy to the reality of social and other online media.

The project’s key experts presented to the audience the plans for cooperation between the OPEN Media Hub and the media in Jordan in the future. Senior Media Training and Exchange Expert Petko Georgiev led a session on business analysis and planning. He also contributed to the session of handling User Generated Content with strategies to fight haters and trolls, an especially interesting part of the discussion for the managers of the online media present at the Master Class. Senior Executive Producer Anthony Headley arranged meetings at TV stations to establish contacts and outline the next steps to be undertaken in support of the broadcast media om the country.

The Master Class opened with a briefing with H.E. Andrea Matteo Fontana, Ambassador of the European Union to Jordan who outlined to the participants the current status of relations between Jordan and the EU, answered to a variety of questions from the audience and discussed the upcoming agreement on the relaxation of the rules of origin in Jordanian exports to the EU, which was signed later that week.

Who are we and why are we doing this?

The Project OPEN Media Hub: Networking, on-the-job training and support to media professionals across the EU Neighbourhood area (EuropeAid/136510/DH/SER/Multi) is part of the European Union Programme OPEN Neighbourhood: opportunities, participation, engagement and networking” and is implemented by a consortium led by Thomson Foundation. The Consortium includes Action Global, European Journalism Centre, Free Press Now, France Médias Monde, Ipsos Mori and Particip. The OPEN Media Hub project follows up on two previous EU funded projects – the Media Neighborhood and the European Neighbourhood Journalism Network.

The main objectives of the programme are:

  • To provide journalists in the Neighbourhood countries with skills that help to improve independent and objective reporting;
  • To provide Neighbourhood editorial and management staff with skills needed to run independent media outlets;
  • To reinforce a network of Neighbourhood journalists and media professionals that is actively used as a professional resource and networking platform.

Meet the Project Team

Dominique Thierry, Team Leader

A French Journalist and Trainer, Dominique Thierry is a Media management expert with 20 years’ experience in developing media programmes at international levels. He has spent much of that time as Team Leader managing training and capacity-building media programme in many EU and Neighbourhood countries such as Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus (from Vilnius), Georgia, Jordan, Libya (from Tunis), Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia, Ukraine. He has extensive experience in EU institutions acquired with 7 years as Brussels Chief Correspondent for French public radios and founded several radios and news agencies in the Balkans. He speaks fluent English and Serbo-Croatian with notions of Russian; born in Morocco, he has some understanding of colloquial Arabic.

Anthony Headley, Senior executive producer

With more than 25 years in TV Production and post production Anthony brings with him up-to-date television industry and production experience crucial to the success of the project. He has worked with CNN, Canal+, Al Jazeera and Associated Press Television News. He has been running TV news desk and operations including project management and budgeting of TV productions. He has over 5 years of experience in Neighbourhood countries having worked in Occupied Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Israel, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Anthony Headley is a native speaker in both English and French. He has a working knowledge of Russian.

Petko Georgiev, Senior media training and exchange expert

He brings more than 15 years of professional experience in international training programmes for journalists, many of which in the Neighbourhood countries. He has worked as the Key Expert – Training in New Media, Media Management and Elections Reporting, EU Reporting in the Media Neighbourhood Project. He has over 5 years of experience in implementing media programmes in the European Neighbourhood and experience in peer-to-peer training, building community of practice with journalists from the Neighbourhood countries. Outside his native Bulgaria and another six EU countries, he has worked in Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Russia, Tunisia and Ukraine. Petko Georgiev is fluent in English and Russian. He has a good knowledge of French.

Who is funding the OPEN Media Hub?

The Media Hub is funded by the European Commission, DG NEAR as a part of the European Neighbourhood Policy.