Thirteen participants took part in an Advanced Reporting Workshop in Moldova on July 4-6, representing a good mix between 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.
The featured video above is the work of Ekaterina Jekova from GagauzMedia who focused on the way the European Union is helping decentralization in Moldova.
This 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, 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, in turn, 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.