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Associate Professor of Mariupol State University Olena Melnykova-Kurhanova improved her journalistic skills in the Czech Republic

Associate Professor of the Chair of Social Communications of Mariupol State University Olena Melnykova-Kurhanova completed the course ”Journalism in wartime”, organized within the framework of the project “Improving the quality of training of young journalists in Ukraine”.

12 lecturers of Journalism from Ukrainian universities went on an educational trip to the Czech Republic. For five days, participants attended trainings, lectures, workshops, editorial offices of Radio Liberty, the newspapers “Diary N”, “Economic newspaper” and the Czech public broadcaster “Czech Television”, participated in meetings with European media experts and journalists.
 

Previously, we conducted fact-checking seminars only for students, but over time we realized that cooperation with journalism lecturers more effective, because they convey this information to future media professionals. This is important right now and will be important after the end of the war in Ukraine, because the skills of refuting disinformation and propaganda will become even more popular. The Czech Republic is very supportive of Ukraine,

–  The Coordinator of International Educational Projects
Czech Public Organization “Association for International Affairs”
Zdenka Wagnerova. 

 

Together with professional speakers, educators discussed the specifics of searching and verifying information, in particular in the temporarily occupied territories, conducting journalistic investigations and visualizing data. Among other things, lecturers paid attention to new media, disinformation, data journalism, working with registers and databases.

 

Military conditions impose restrictions on professional activities. We need to understand how journalism standards work during the war and what difficulties media professionals face,

–  Media Expert, Member Of The Commission On Journalistic Ethics, Tetiana Lebedieva.

 

The project “Improving the quality of training of young journalists in Ukraine” was created to help Ukrainian journalism in difficult times. During their educational activities, lecturers gained the necessary knowledge for professional activities during the war

 

The experience of Czech media is professional journalism, which is in demand by society, because the truth is the highest value that everyone strives for. Changes provide high-quality, verified information that citizens pay for. This experience is extremely important to pass on to our students. During the trip, I was struck by how actively the Czechs support Ukrainians, and the topic of Ukraine in the information space is one of the leading ones on the agenda,

–  Associate Professor of Mariupol State University Olena Melnykova-Kurhanova.



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