Call for Applications: Communications Trainings for CSOs – Deadline: 20 August

Thomson Foundation together with the International Institute for Regional Media and Information (IRMI) welcome representatives of CSOs working on IDP support to participate in communications workshops. The workshops, joined together in a pair, are to take place in Kherson on 6 – 9 September and  4 – 7 October.  The course is part of the Regional Voices Project  supported by the European Union.

During the first workshop of the course the participants are going to find out how to effectively communicate information about their organizations to and disseminate it among different target groups and the media.The trainees are going to develop messages that are “undressed” and look into the matrix of communications strategy for their organizations. On top of that, they are going to learn about the specifics of work with different types of media, the causes of traumatic experiences of working with the media and practical ways of avoiding trauma.

The second workshop will make it possible for project coordinators and communications specialists with trainers’ input to organise events involving the journalists that are part of Regional Voice network. The aim of this is for the trainees to practice their new skills and to find out more about the needs of the media.

To apply, please, fill in the online application form no later than 20 August, Saturday.

The organizers cover accommodation, tickets reimbursement (bus, 2nd class rail travel) and meals.

For more information about the workshops contact Regional Voices project at: (044) 498 51 75 or с


Taras Kuzmov is a media expert working with Ukrainian media since 1992. He started his career in Post-Postup regional youth daily in Lviv. Eventually Taras was promoted to senior positions in a media center, established by Internews. Since 2000 Taras has been working as an adviser for EU Commission’s Delegation to Ukraine. He co-founded and became head of “Khartija 4” (Charter 4) CSO. Taras was part of Ukraine’s first independent talking radio project entitled “Hromadske Radio”, which he became head of in 2003. Has been Thomson’s trainer and consultant since 1996.

Natalia Kuzma, International Institute for Regional Media and Information (IRMI), is a journalist and a specialist on public communication and alternative education. Natalia was Head of Press Office of the University of Banking of the National Bank of Ukraine. She also worked for the Press Office of Lviv Regional State Administration and Lviv Regional Council. Natalia taught Public Relations to state officials in National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine. Natalia has cooperated with “Sertse Leva”(Lion’s Heart) volunteer organization and “Tsentr Zainiatosti Vilnykh Liudei” (The Employment Center for Free People) based in Lviv.

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Regional Eye: Strengthening Conflict Sensitive Coverage in Ukraine’s Regional Media is an EU funded initiative, implemented by a media Consortium of five organizations: Thomson Foundation, Institute of Regional Media and Information (IRMI), The European Journalism Center, MEMO 98 and Association Spilnyi Prostir (ASP).


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