Education and training
School for regional journalists
The SRJ is designed for experienced media professionals from Ukraine’s regions. It’s goal is to provide training and practical experience to make them better writers, editors and managers. The program is composed of three parts.
Firstly, participants attend an intensive 5 day course, made up of master classes from top experts. Four modules focus on diﬀerent areas: content, digital, ﬁnancial and management (leadership).
This is followed by a two-week paid internship at a leading newsroom. There they can test earlier learnings and get hands-on experience working in some of Ukraine’s best media teams.
Finally, participants hold trainings at their home outlets (“train the trainer” model), sharing their new knowledge and skills.
Key facts and achievements:
Launched in 2015 with 5 schools held (10-12 participants and 12 trainers per session)
Total of 55 participants received training, followed by internships at leading Kyiv newsrooms
55 post-training sessions held at home newsrooms, attended by over 500 journalists
“It’s been a couple of weeks since the end of the school, but the emotions are still high. The knowledge received still overwhelms.
I keep going over lectures in my head and read my notes again and again. I want to test out as much as possible in my work. The content was very practical and that’s most important.
The format allowed us to feel that people we previously only heard about – famous journalists and experts – are here with us and you can ask them anything. And they are real, not just legends. You feel like nothing is impossible. You just have to try hard enough”
Security and war investigation training
The Security and War Investigation Training is a 4-day training program targeted toward war reporters and photographers with less than 3 years’ experience working in conﬂict zones.
The program has three sections. In the ﬁrst participants practice using open source data for war investigations (e.g., using geolocation or building timelines from social media data).
The ﬁrst aid and personal security section instructs how to treat people who have been in a car crash, shot or otherwise injured.
This two-day section also includes guidelines in case of kidnapping or attack.
The ﬁnal day was devoted to investigating conﬂictrelated topics, including cyberwarfare and weapons traﬃcking.