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04.10.2021

The first training for amateur journalists from Donetsk and Luhansk regions took place near Kyiv on October 01-03.

The participants of the two-day intensive training were 20 representatives of the communities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, who have desire to write professional texts. The gender balance of the participants was 18/2 in favor of women.

The project “Promotion of Independent Journalism of Donbass” is implemented by the “Community of the East” with the financial assistance of the American National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Intensive training of novice journalists from among the active ambassadors of local communities is designed for 9 months and provides for two areas: remote mentoring support in writing texts and intensive field training. The work of mentors started in August, so the participants already prepared got to the first training.

The topics of the pilot module were developed specifically for beginners: “Local media audience and its needs” (trainers Olena Samoilenko and Tetiana Stroi from NGO «Donetsk Press Club», Kyiv), as well as “How to write to be read” (coach Nataliia Pakhaichuk , head of the network of sites “Raion”, Volyn).

The newspaper’s editorial office plans to continue inviting the most authoritative media experts in Ukraine for its authors. After all, the main goal of the project is to provide local correspondents with the level of journalistic skills that would allow them to write boldly not only for the HROMADA Skhid, but also for the “big” Ukrainian media.

– Very intensive training, without exaggeration! There were a lot of interesting exercises, as well as the desire to grab every bit of information, – this review was written after the training by Stella Khakymova from Novopskov community of Luhansk region, who works as a colorist and is a part-time public activist.

Any professional skills or working experience were required to participate in the project. Some of the participants are already contributing to the HROMADA Skhid, some are writing on local sites (where there are any), some are accompanying local projects in the media, some are even initiating and promoting their own.

The acquired knowledge and basic skills of journalism will allow our public correspondents to apply for remote work as full-time or freelance correspondents of mass media. And this is a correspondingly stable income, for the villagers of the East this prospect is solid.

The video from the training was prepared by the participant Anastasia KHARINA