Online mass-media from the left side of the River Nistru becomes more active
For the first time, 11 schools from the Transnistrian region created their own blogs, where pupils can practice their journalistic skills and share their achievements. For one year, 70 pupils from the region were trained to create blogs for their schools. At the end of the training course, young bloggers gathered together at a summer school organized with the assistance of the EU-UNDP “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme to share their experience.
Participants of the summer school mentioned that it was for the first time they participated in such workshops, which they found extremely useful, helping them to get involved and to communicate more actively about their schools and communities. “We have learned in an interactive way how to write for online media, the best techniques for documentation, photo-taking, as well as how to best combine texts with images. This training helped us develop interesting and useful blogs for all people from the region and beyond it. Now we can tell the entire world what we see and think”, says Olga S., who proudly introduced herself as blogger from Parcani village.
Bloggers’ training is part of a media development project in the Transnistrian region, implemented by the Centre for Independent Journalism in partnership with the Media Centre and Stels-Tera organization from Tiraspol, with the assistance of the EU-UNDP “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme.
“The Confidence Building Measures programme aims at encouraging cross-river cooperation to meet challenges that affect people equally, whether they live in Chisinau, in Bender or in the Security Zone. It should also help civil society organizations, and in particular young people, to seize common opportunities: in this case, to build a strong, independent and professional media environment, in line with EU standards”, said Dirk Schuebel, Head of the EU Delegation in the Republic of Moldova.
Apart from the training for young bloggers from the Transnistrian region, the EU-UNDP Programme also carried out a study to assess the media needs on the left side of the Nistru River. 20 professional journalists from both banks were trained in multimedia, developing 10 joint media products, which were published/broadcast on one or more media channels.
“Through their blogs, young people are engaging in issues that affect them, their generation and their communities. Everyone wants to feel that his or her voice can be heard and views be taken into account”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova.
Ms. Harrington-Buhay also noted that the project is a good example of how civil society organizations from both sides of the Nistru River can play an effective role in improving people’s life from the region. “We know from experience that by joining efforts, greater impact can be achieved”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay.
The Programme which is implemented during 2012-2015 has a total budget of 10,600,000 Euro, out of which 9,500,000 Euro is provided by the European Union and 1,100,000 Euro by UNDP.
Victor Draguţan, Project Manager, Business Development and Civil Society, “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme, Tel: (+ 373 22) 839 872, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Natalia Costaş, Communication Consultant, Tel: (+ 373) 69221141, e-mail: email@example.com