Production Workshops for IDP Journalists: deadline for applications September 25

The Institute for Regional Media and Information and The Thomson Foundation welcome regional journalists to be part of workshops within the EU-funded Regional Voices initiative.

  • October 10 – 12, Odessa –  a three-day interregional mentoring session
  • October 10 – 14, Odessa –  a production workshop for IDP journalists from Donbas and Crimea
  • October 17 – 21, Sumy – a production workshop for IDP journalists from Donbas and Crimea

During the 10-12 October mentoring session the participants from different regions will be working in pairs with their Odessa colleagues to produce stories together. The journalists will be given an opportunity to compare how IDPs have been integrating in Odessa with the situation in their regions. What are special conditions created by local authorities and community, which ideas could be taken on board? Those and other questions will be explored by the participants, guided by workshop trainers – Mark Webster (the Thomson Foundation) and Angelina Soldatenko (The IRMI). The produced stories are to be published in co-authorship. 

Both five-day workshops, scheduled for October 10–14 and October 17–21 in Odessa and Sumy, will focus on how to humanize conflict-sensitive coverage with the voices of those, who were bound to leave their homes behind. The participants will have a week to meet with IDPs, local authorities, CSO representatives and community members. Oliver Wates of Thomson’s and IRMI local experts will help the trainees with angles and story structure, balancing the stories out and final editing.

To apply for either of workshops, please, fill out the online application form before September 21, Wednesday.

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

For more information about the workshops contact Regional Voices project team – Oleksii Soldatenko – at 050 323 14 30 or с 

About trainers: 

Oliver Wates, UK, is a media trainer with vast experience as a trainer and journalist (international journalism). He has been working as an independent media trainer since 1998. Over 20 years Oliver worked as Reuter correspondent. He has covered a wide range of issues in Latin America, Southwest Asia and Russia and was in charge of coverage of the fall of the USSR in 1991 for Reuter. Oliver develops and leads workshops for journalists, politicians and communications professionals. He cooperates with Thomson Foundation, European Journalism Centre, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and WHO. 

Mark Webster, UK, is Thomson’s Foundation trainer. Within his 30 years in journalism Marked worked for the Evening Standard and the Financial Times, ITN Channel and ChannelFiveNews. Mark covered conflicts in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Kosovo, Chechnya and Northern Ireland.

Angelina Soldatenko, Ukraine, the Regional Institute for Media and Information (IRMI), is a journalist and an expert on media and public communications.  Angelina’s expertise lies in new media, professional tools and ethical standards, investigative reporting, etc. She has worked within a number of international programmes as well as the programmes of the European Journalism Centre. Angelina has a vast experience in developing of communications strategies and knows about social conflicts coverage. Angelina has experience in setting up a publication and in editing.

Olena Astrakcovych, Ukraine, IRMI, is author and presenter of “O Glavnom” information and analytical programme of Grad Broadcasting Company ( ). Olena used to work as a journalist in “The Slovo” newspaper based in Odessa and a special correspondent for “The Day” national newspaper. Olena has experience in investigative reporting. 2008-2010 she used to be author and presenter of Kozhura programme based on investigative projects.  
The Project:

Regional Eye: Strengthening Conflict Sensitive Coverage in Ukraine’s Regional Media is an EU funded initiative, aimed at supporting regional media. The project is implemented by a media Consortium with Thomson Foundation at its head. Consortium members are the Institute of Regional Media and Information (IRMI), The European Journalism Center, MEMO 98 and Association Spilnyi Prostir (ASP).


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