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Next study visit “Independent Media”

From November 7 to 18, 2005 the third study visit was held for journalists within the framework of “Independent Media Internships” program. Six journalists from Armenia participated it. They represented Institute For War and Peace Reporting Armenia Branch, News Agency, affiliated to TV Company, MELTEX Ltd, “Ankyun plus3” TV station, “Lori TV” LLC “Lori TV” Company. Their staying in Warsaw was founded by British Embassies in Warsaw and Yerevan, through the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office within the framework of Global Opportunities Fund, Re-Uniting Europe Programme and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In training also four journalists participated from the other post-soviet countries. They were founded by National Endowment for Democracy. They represented newspaper “Paritet” from Azerbaijan, newspaper “Adevărul” from Moldova, newspaper “Stary Zamok Palanok” from Ukraine and Publishing house "Technalohija" from Belarus.

The internship was opened by the lecture of lecture on the journalistic faculty of the Lublin Catholic University Mr. Maciej Łętowski  on development of media in Poland after 1989.

This internship was more aimed at the electronic media. The trainees got practice in editorial offices of the main radio stations (Polish Radio, Radio "Eska", Radio Tok FM), TV stations (TVN 24, TVP3 Regional Television), informational agencies (Catholic Information Agency, non-governmental internet portal There were also as many meetings as usual in the editorial offices of the newspapers (“Metro”, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Super Express”), weeklies (“Solidarność”, “Warsaw Voice”, “Newsweek”, “Wprost”) and monthly magazine  (“Forbes”).

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), “Media and state” (by Juliusz Braun – director in Ministry of Culture), “Protection of journalists’ rights” (by Ms. Krystyna Mokrosińska - President of Polish Journalists’ Association), “The control of publishing houses’ circulation in Poland” (the Press Circulation Audit Union), They have also meeting at the  Melchior Wankowicz Warsaw School of Journalism.

During the weekend members of our training were sightseeing Warsaw and Cracow with volunteers connected with Foundation.

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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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