Short summary: This Radio AvropadASAN report is about the advanced use of digital media to create attractive content, as discussed during the OPEN Media Hub workshop for young journalists held in Azerbaijan in September, 2018. The training was carried out by one of the top local media experts in media and communication, Aynur Bashirli.
Author: Sevinj Novruzova
Media: AvropadASAN Radio
Date of publication: 14.09.2018
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The expectations of Ms. Aynur Bashirli, who is the trainer of the seminars and expert on new media and communication technologies were huge from the participants:
“What is an impressive story? An impressive story is the one which makes its audience to think about. Meaning that, it’s not a story which makes the audience to cry, laugh, or create a nightmare in their minds. It’s simply a story which makes you think. In order to wright a thoughtful story the journalist him/herself should think first of all. He/she should think about why I’m writing this story? Why do I bring it to public attention? What type of messages do I deliver with this writing? What are the benefits of this writing to the people?”
In the free, interactive and informative environment in which the training has been held the participants were not learning just from the speakers, but at the same time, learning from each-other, and actively participate in group discussions. Moreover, during the sessions in addition to speaking, the importance of listening was highly emphasized and welcoming the different views with, tolerance and open mind. In addition to fundamentals of journalism, young journalists are also well informed about the EU invested projects regarding developments of the regions of Azerbaijan, benefiters, and other supported initiatives.
The participant of the training Farid Hasanov shares his impressions with AvropadASAN:
My most favorite part from the training was that each participant journalist were representing diverse different media technologies and backgrounds. The training brought together young TV, radio, and online media journalists which created an opportunity for us to observe and learn from each other’s rapprochement on the same topic. Learning the different views of the fellow journalists, their approaches and having fruitful discussions with them added particular uniqueness to this training for me.”
At the end of training the participants expressed the knowledge they gained during the interactive discussions by producing a media product. Meanwhile, the products of the participants will be shared on the platform of EU funded project OPEN Media Hub – supporting media professionals across the EU Neighborhood areas which will create an opportunity for international participants to benefit from each other’s stories.