Democracy requires more than only procedural rules, the aggregation of votes or mechanisms for holding politicians accountable. Democracy rests on a public sphere and, as an integral element of the former, free and independent journalism.
Addressing young journalists (between 20 and 35 years) from Belarus, Ukraine,Russia,Moldovaand Armenia, our seminar offers practical insights and strategic reflection onthe role and relevance of journalism in modern democracies.
When, whereand how?
5–9October 2016 in Minsk, Belarus.The 5-day seminar is taught in English.
Over the past years and due to the rise of the internet, we have witnessed a democratization of public communication. However, as individuals exercise their right to communicate through blogs, Facebook and Twitter, journalism as we know it faces significant challenges. In times of communicative abundance, where information is readily available in real time and for free, the value of news is put into question: economically, but also culturally andsocially.
Against this background, the workshopturns towards the strategic question how independent journalism that meets certain professional and ethical standards can fulfill its functions for democracy and be profitable under changing technical and social conditions.
16 participants will be selected and invited to Minsk. The organizers will cover travel, accommodation(double room)and board during the workshop.
How to apply?
To apply, please fill out the attached application form and send it, together with a CVand a motivation letterno later than September 9, 2016,email@example.com.
See the Application form in the "Further official information" below.