Citizen Journalism in Ukraine


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Project of the “Arbeitskreitskreis Ostviertel” finishes
with conference in Kiev.

Münster/Kiev.
Media function as an adjustor between current occasions, events and citizens.
One of the main tasks is the production of a public, at its best a public which
deals with civil society discourses. But such a public cannot guarantee that
citizen campaigns themselves act civil socially. Citizen media offer the
possibility of an active engagement. Citizen media take civil society subjects
and questions on and work them out. A successful example of engagement politics
through citizen media is the project “Citizen Media and Media Dialogue for
Civil Participation” which ended in Kiev within the last project week from the
18th November to the 25th November 2016. This project is supported by the
Department for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany and is
conducted by the Arbeitskreis Ostviertel e.V. from Münster. The project
promotes civil society structures and the collaboration between the partner
countries Ukraine, Belarus and Germany.

The
following aims were aspired:


Collaboration of the civil society in the sections of media, sciences and
NCO’


Qualification of journalists and students in the media section


Promotion of the pluralism and federal structures through compostion and
development of the information-, opinion- and media-diversity


Mediation of values of the democratic basic order

Besides
the AKO e.V. the Open Channel Ludwigshafen, the Forum of Ukrainian Journalists
(Lutsk), the Institute of Journalism, National Taras Shevchenko University of
Kiev, the Belarussian Association of Journalists (Minsk), the Federal
Association of Citizen Media and Training Media – Bundesverband Bürger- und
Ausbildungsmedien (bvbam) and the European Youth4Media Network e.V. (Münster)
were partners of the project.

For
the editing process of the subjects and contents stakeholders from the civil
society, media facilities, politicians, administration- and government
participants, pubic institutions were interviewed, included and
involved.

40
qualified citizen journalists and NGO-staff were educated in Ukraine and
Belarus.

Within
the training courses of the project media contributions, films, articles and
blogs concerning the topic citizen engagement and participation, federalism and
division of powers, economic and education were developed. These products are
spread on a common developed multimedia internet platform and in the media of
the involved countries.

The
results of the project were presented at the final conference on the 24th
November 2016 in Kiev to a wide audience and the press.

At
the conference new concepts, models and projects concerning the following
collaboration in Ukraine and Belarus were planed and designed.

Structures
and networks were created which work together and fertilize each
other.

By
the inclusion of different stakeholders and players as well as the great media
coverage the project experienced an excellent public distribution in the
involved countries.


 

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