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 Unlimited, 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, Media management expert
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.