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05 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 33014)  

 
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Title Training course on web journalism  
Description  
Status Completed 
Date 05/07/2011 - 08/07/2011 
Location Baku, Azerbaijan
Countries CoE Members: Azerbaijan
  Bilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - SC-MLD-MEDIA II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SC-MLD-MEDIA II - Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2011/DGHL/JP/2601   Promoting freedom, professionalism and pluralism of the media in the South Caucasus and Moldova
Expected Result 1.5 - Journalists have better understanding of their rights, respect ethical rules and are trained to exercise their work in a professional and responsible manner as recommended under the applicable Council of Europe standards;
 PoA
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Democracy
Line of Action ⇒ III.3 – Promoting Democratic Governance and Stability
Programme ☆ III.3.2  Good governance, Internet and Media

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Workshop (excl. training) 
Directorate (Service) Human Rights and Legal Affairs (Standards - Media and Information Society Division)
CoE Contact ,   email
Last Modified 22/11/2012 


Activity Synopsis (ID# 33014) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The immediate objective was to build a network of young, talented online/citizen reporters. A new grouping of intelligent, professional and passionate writers and broadcasters is beginning to stand out from the noise and information overload of the social networking space, and emerge as media leaders of the future.

The overall objective was to increase public participation in producing responsible, issue-led journalism that informs the public debate and to encourage online reporting and citizen journalism throughout Azerbaijan.

 
Output/Results Through a four-day intensive training on July 5-8, 2011, 25 new media activists and mainstream journalists were empowered in the production of responsible, issue-led journalism through usage of social media platforms.

The Azerbaijan Media Center (AMC) is increasingly working with intelligent writers and broadcasters who are filling the void left vacant by the current failure of mainstream media to fulfill its public service role. The funding from the Council of Europe/European Union has contributed widely to AMC commitment to developing a cadre of talented journalists with a capacity in online media.
 
Conclusions/Follow Up The IMS/Azerbaijan Media Center intends to further increase public participation in producing responsible, issue-led journalism that informs the public debate and to encourage online reporting and citizen journalism throughout Azerbaijan.

The next step could be the Training of Trainers (TOT). The aim of this training is the transfer of skills and building of the capacity of local trainers as part of an on-going training of trainers program. As such, there should not be any further need to invite international experts to deliver such training because the aim is to empower a local group of highly-motivated, enthusiastic and well-equipped master trainers.

There would be an on-going mentoring role, which may involve some international input, including the occasional master class to address issues faced and help forge fresh solutions to any problems encountered, but the whole thrust of this proposal is local capacity building.

The success of the web journalism training in August 2009 and July 2011 proves that such projects resonate with the participants and generates the type of enthusiasm and buy-in that is essential for stimulating and motivating those who are able to make an immediate difference to the local and regional media scene. Through their blogs and their daily work, most of those who participated in the two events are continuing to apply the skills and knowledge they gained .

Most of those who participated in the two events are continuing to apply the skills and knowledge they gained. If, as envisioned and hoped for, this project has an indirect impact on traditional mainstream media, we would then need to factor in a program of addressing any needs they identified in order for them to match the energy and editorial drive of those who have completed the Azerbaijan Media Center training.
 
Participants Youth and NGO activists, mainstream journalists, bloggers and civil reporters 
Consultants/Experts Mr. David BREWER, Media Helping Media Director and Media Strategy Consultant, UK
Mr. Azer NEZEROV, Barcamp Azerbaijan, social and new media trainer
 
CoE Secretariat Shahin ABBASOV, Project Manager, Baku, Azerbaijan 
Total No. Participants 25 
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22/11/2012 




 
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