Strong na­tion needs strong jour­nal­ism

Kyiv Post - - News/Opinion - DARYNA SHEVCHENKO Daryna Shevchenko, a Kyiv Post staff writer, is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Media De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion. Shevchenko can be reached at [email protected] SHEVCHENKO. [email protected] GMAIL. COM

Knowl­edge mat­ters, es­pe­cially when shared widely. That was our think­ing when sev­eral Kyiv Post jour­nal­ists de­cided to start a non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion that we call Media De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, which has been work­ing for a year.

We wanted to im­prove Ukraine’s jour­nal­ism pro­fes­sion through three main ac­tiv­i­ties: in­ves­tiga­tive/ en­ter­prise jour­nal­ism, jour­nal­ism ex­changes and spe­cial­ized train­ing.

The year be­fore the 2013-2014 Euro­Maidan Revo­lu­tion was a time of risk and in­sta­bil­ity. We had knowl­edge we wanted to share about prac­tic­ing jour­nal­ism in such a tough en­vi­ron­ment. We also wanted to learn from oth­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ences.

For 20 years, the Kyiv Post has been Ukraine’s English-lan­guage news­pa­per and most re­li­able source of English-lan­guage news from the coun­try. It dis­tin­guishes it­self with in­de­pen­dent and eth­i­cal re­port­ing rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally and through in­creas­ing read­er­ship, de­spite a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing fi­nan­cial en­vi­ron­ment for news media. Many Kyiv Post jour­nal­ists have Western back­grounds and as­pire to the high­est stan­dards of in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ism.

The foun­da­tion only be­came op­er­a­tional last year. But we al­ready have six on­go­ing projects. More than 1,000 jour­nal­ists, ed­i­tors and train­ers have been in­volved in var­i­ous projects and we have more than 35 part­ner news­rooms. Al­most 150 TV, news­pa­per and online jour­nal­ists have taken part in train­ings. Most are from re­gional media out­lets.

Among our projects:

Jour­nal­ism Ex­change Pro­gram – It pro­vides re­cent jour­nal­ism grad­u­ates and young pro­fes­sion­als with pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment through paid in­tern­ships at lead­ing news­rooms in Ukraine. The pro­gram is funded by MyMe­dia, in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ism pro­ject.

School for Re­gional Jour­nal­ists – a five-day train­ing school for work­ing re­gional jour­nal­ists, fol­lowed by the in­tern­ships in Ukraine’s cen­tral media or­ga­ni­za­tions. All the school par­tic­i­pants are sup­posed to hold post-train­ings for jour­nal­ists in their na­tive towns. The pi­lot pro­ject was funded by the Na­tional En­dow­ment for Democ­racy. Twelve re­gional jour­nal­ists from 11 Ukraine’s re­gions took part;

Mezhy­hirya Fest – This is an an­nual con­fer­ence for Ukraine’s in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists. The event grew from the Yanukovy­chLeaks in­ves­tiga­tive pro­ject, de­voted to re­search of doc­u­ments left on the bil­lion-dol­lar es­tate af­ter the ex-Ukrainian pres­i­dent fled on Feb. 22, 2014, The event was held on June 6-7 for the sec­ond time. Around 300 jour­nal­ists, ed­i­tors and civic ac­tivists at­tend the fes­ti­val an­nu­ally.

Kyiv Post+ – Jour­nal­ists work as part of the Kyiv Post news­pa­per in pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ized cov­er­age of Rus­sia’s war against Ukraine and Ukraine’s on­go­ing demo­cratic and eco­nomic re­forms.

Ukraine is chang­ing and needs strong jour­nal­ism as much or more than ever. De­vel­op­ment of the pro­fes­sion costs money – for salaries, train­ings, ex­changes and events. Armed with the right re­sources, the Media De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion aims to help the pro­fes­sion find its way through these un­cer­tain times, when tra­di­tional sources of rev­enue (advertisin­g and sub­scrip­tions) are de­clin­ing for most news or­ga­ni­za­tions.

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