Journalists for Change – Between Reporting and Activism

Workshop for journalists, bloggers and media activists from the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia

Workshop for journalists, bloggers and media activists from the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia


The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung regional office “Dialogue Eastern Europe” invites progressive journalists, bloggers and media activists to apply for the workshop on reporting about mass events and social movements which will take place from the 26th until the 30th of April 2020 in Yerevan (Armenia). (please note, that dates might change due to the current Corona-crises)

The time from 2010 until 2020 can rightly be considered as a decade of protests. They have been happening all around the world regardless of political culture and regime and their number is increasing each year. They can emerge in different forms as an expression of disagreement with political decisions, social and environmental challenges or with the violation of human rights. None of them would have happened in large scale without journalists and mass media. Eastern Partnership countries and Russia are not excepted from this worldwide trend. In our countries in times of protests journalists often form the link between activists and society. At the same time, they can easily get in-between parties and be attacked by demonstrators, counter-demonstrators and authorities. Additionally, journalists often act themselves as protests’ initiators or their accelerators.

Against this backdrop we are holding a workshop on the topic, that will include meetings with social activists, politicians and media experts as well as a training and a field trip.

Goals of the program
The goal of the workshop is to help journalists to improve their professional skills and knowledge on reporting about different aspects of protests and civil participation. We aim at motivating journalists to create proper and comprehensible media content and investigations using new progressive formats and approaches. Besides that, we intent to foster the free exchange of journalistic methods and experiences across the Eastern Partnership region and Russia.

Program conditions

  • The working languages of the workshop are Russian and English.
  • All costs related to the program will be covered by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
  • Participation is mandatory during the entire three-day program.  

Candidates’ requirements

  • Citizenship of one of the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in a media outlet.
  • Fluency in Russian and/or English.
  • Motivation to work on related issues in the home country.
  • Willingness to contribute at least one media product on related issues after the workshop.  

Application process

  • The application deadline is March 30th 11:59 pm (Kyiv time). Applications after this deadline will not be accepted or evaluated.
  • The results will be announced on April 9th. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an online interview.
  • The organization team aims to ensure gender balance of participants in the program.

Dialogue Eastern Europe

01004 Kyiv, Ukraine
Pushkinska 34, 1st floor

+38 (044) 234 1038
+38 (044) 234 1039

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Kardava, Ekaterine; Yarmolyuk-Kröck, Kateryna; Palihovici, Liliana

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