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The first “Independent Media” Internship

From September 26 to October 7, 2005 the first training was held for journalist from post-soviet countries, organized within the framework the “Independent Media Internships” program and financed by National Endowment for Democracy.

In that training seven journalists participated, who represented: “UNIAN” – Ukrainian Independent Informational Agency of News,  LIC TV and Radio Company, The independent radio "Jelannoie" and newspaper “Accent Provincial” from Moldova, magazine "Youth Idea" and International Public Association "BelFrance" from Belarus, newspaper "Terra Tosno" from Russia, press-center of the Kazakhstani democratic Party "Ak zhol" and newspaper “Arguments and facts” from Kazakhstan. The staying of Kazakhstani journalists was funded by the OSCE Centre in Almaty.

Participants started their stay in Warsaw at lecture “Media in Poland” by Mr. Bronisław Wildstein, journalist of weekly magazine “Wprost”.

The trainees got the internships and practical visits in the editorial offices of the most popular Warsaw daily newspapers (“Rzeczpospolita”, “Gazeta Wyborcza” “Super Express”, “Metropol”), weekly (“Najwyższy Czas”, “Solidarność”) and monthly magazines (“Perspektywy”), TV stations (TVP 3 Regional Television, TVN 24) and radio stations (“Radio ZET”, “BBC”).  Although they were at the information agency (Catholic Information Agency) and internet portal ( offices. As the additional part of the practice was meeting at the local weekly magazine “Gazeta Południe - Głos Mokotowa.”

Except the internship in the editorial offices there were seminars and meetings devoted to media in Poland: "Everyone can edit the newspaper and earn (or loose) money at it" (by Mr. Marek Przybylik who also runs the journalistic workshops at the University of Warsaw), “Lawyer system of electronic media” (The National Broadcasting Council),  and “Problems of local media in Poland” (Local Newspapers Association). They listened also to the lecture on the freedom of media in Poland (given by Mr. Miłosz Marczak – Director of the Press Freedom Monitoring Center) and lecture “Media in Poland” by Mr. Bronisław Wildstein – journalist of weekly newspaper “Wprost”.

They have also some meetings at the Polish universities: Jerzy Giedroyc Collage on Communication and Civic Media – journalist study and Warsaw University – East European Study). The trainees met with Mr. Paweł Kowal, M.P., who introduced them to the current political situation in Poland.

During the weekends the volunteers who cooperate with our Foundation took care of them. They had a chance to sightsee Warsaw.

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Developing Independent Media Skills in Eurasia
The fourteenth edition of the "Independent media" program is planned for this year. Nearly 26 journalists from Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine will be invited to Poland. During study visits, they will have an opportunity to visit the editorial offices of newspapers and magazines, radio and TV stations, internet portals and information agencies. They will acquaint themselves with the work and experiences of their Polish colleagues. The study visits will be tailored to the professions and specializations of the guests.
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