Since July 2021, the editorial board of GROMADA Skhid has been implementing the project “Promotion of Independent Journalism of Donbass”, aimed at training novice journalists from among the active ambassadors of local communities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
In fact, the editorial office started a remote media school a year and a half ago. Its job was to advise public correspondents on choosing topics and writing texts. Professional journalists did it “pro bono” – that is, free of charge. It was difficult to reach a large number of authors in such a volunteer way. Implementing a systematic approach to training local journalists was made possible by winning a grant from the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The new project is designed for 9 months and provides for two areas:
1) remote support of mentors-journalists on writing texts
2) intensive field trips for 20 attendees
The main goal of the project is to give potential authors the level of journalistic skills that would allow them to write boldly not only for the GROMADA Skhid, but also for the “big” Ukrainian media. Therefore, the result of the project should be articles written by students in accordance with the editorial policy of various publications, in compliance with journalistic standards, journalistic ethics, etc.
The first training module is scheduled for October 01-03 at the ethnographic complex «Ukrainian Village» near Kyiv. All costs of participants (travel, accommodation, meals) are reimbursed.
The work of mentors has already begun. During the project, professional journalists Olena Samoilenko and Tetiana Stroi (NGO «Donetsk Press Club», Kyiv) will hold monthly training webinars and accompany project participants, providing individual consultations.
Potential project participants are currently being selected and surveyed. Invitations to participate have been distributed to many influential publics on social networks; applications have already been received from 18 people.