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Journalists from Armenia in Warsaw

From 17 to 28 October 2005 the next course was held for journalists. Six journalists from Armenia participated it. They represented: Caucasus Media Institute, ARMINFO News Agency, ARAVOT daily newspaper, Radio Hay, Radio Free Europe/Liberty’s Yerevan Bureau, “Yerkir Media” TV company. Their training was financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and British Embassies in Warsaw and Yerevan. Additionally in training three journalists took participation from another post-soviet countries. They represented: ‘The Chisinau Observer’ from Moldova, “Advocacy help for people” and Brest Regional Department of Public Association “Human Rights Center “Viasna” from Belarus.  Their staying was founded by National Endowment for Democracy.

The internship was opened by the lecture of the vice-president of the Polish Radio Mr. Tomasz Siemoniak on the situation of media in Poland.

Members visited editorial offices of most popular Warsaw dailies (“Rzeczpospolita”, “Gazeta Wayborcza”, “Życie Warszawy”, “Fakt”, “Metro”), weeklies (“Ozon”, “Polityka”, “Pasmo”), mounthly magazines (“Filipinka”, “Forbes”),  quarterly magazine (“Nowe Państwo”) radand Polish Press Agency. As a part of the practical lessons they visited TV Polsat , TVP 1 and radio stations “Radio Tok FM”  and “Antyradio”.

Except the internship in the editorial offices there were theoretical 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), “Protection of journalists’ rights” (Polish Journalists’ Association), “The control of publishing houses’ circulation in Poland” (the Press Circulation Audit Union) “The media market” (a meeting with Renata Gluza, a vice editor of the “Press” monthly). They have also meeting at the  Melchior Wankowicz Warsaw School of Journalism.

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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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