Participants of the exchange program between the newsroomswhich is organized by Media Development Foundation and MYMEDIA share their impressions from the internships on the channel Hromadske.TV and media outlets Delo.ua, «Kurs", "OHO" and the magazine “NovoyeVremya”.
"I have got strength and inspiration to try myself in international projects because this is a phenomenal experience," talks about her internship at Hromadske.TV Alina Shvydko. Taras Krutskykh says that the press-breakfast with the Minister of Health of Ukraine was the most memorable moment during his internship at Delo.ua. "At first, it was hard to focus on writing texts in the newsroom because dozens of people were working in one room. Too much noise,” says Pavlo Dobrovolskyi from Minsk (here is an interview with him about his work in a military zone called “I traveled to Donbas as if it was Turkey”). Dariya Andrieyeva is glad that she could practice her Ukrainian in Ivano-Frankivsk media “Kurs”. “I learned to look for the topics in a small town. Before, I did not write about dogs, markets and railway stations. It turned out it might be interesting, too " says Nataliya Patrikeyeva who internet at Rivne online media “OHO”.
For the reviews on the exchange program from other participants and the newsrooms that took them, look here.
Alina Shvydko, Hromadske.TV
During the internship, I helped in the project Ru.Hromadskoe, deciphered and titrated videos, and spread them via social networks. Thanks to “Hromadske”, I once again convinced myself that it was essential to be a universal journalist. This is crucial for being successful in the journalism sphere.
I got to know the team of Hromadske.International and was very inspired by the things they were doing. I have got strength and inspiration to try myself in international projects because this is a phenomenal experience. I would like to go somewhere abroad, but then, I will definitely return to Ukraine and use the skills I gained back home”.
Taras Krutskykh, Delo.ua
“The press-breakfast with the Minister of Health of Ukraine was the most memorable moment during my internship. Another extremely valuable experience was to monitor all the news while writing the material. You write, and then, the situation changes, and you have to keep abreast so your text remains timely”.
After the internship, I kept writing for Delo.ua; I am writing the materials on media topics. I would really like to participate in this exchange program one more time.
Dariya Andrieyeva, "Kurs"
I expected many things from the internship such as new experiences and emotions while spending my time in a distant and alien to me city; and I also looked for the opportunity to try myself in a new team. I got all of that. I practiced my Ukrainian, found new friends, and fell in love with the city. The very same newsroom of “Kurs” turned out to be really professional, and the workers were open and interesting people.
It was hard to leave because I already got used to my life in Ivano-Frankivsk, the new schedule and the team. But it's nice to know that there is one more city in Ukraine to where I will gladly return. I hope I will get another chance to try myself in a similar program and test my talents in another newsroom.
At first, it was hard to focus on writing texts in the newsroom of “NovoyeVremya” because dozens of people were working in one room. It was too much noise. I did not like the fact that the newsroom had no radiophones. So, when somebody calls, you have to listen. Probably, after some, you get used to it and stop concentrating on that. I try to ask my interviewees to talk not via phone, but Skype - and then, I go into the hallway, kitchen or a studio.
You do not have to work in the newsroom, and there is a free schedule. This is great. I had the same conditions in Minsk. I know the newsrooms where the journalists have to be at their working places from 9 to 18, and if you are late for ten minutes, you get reprimand. There were many new things for me here. New people, new perspectives on the world.
Euromaydan’s victory should’ve had a positive impact on journalism, but so far, I have not seen it. It is unpleasant to hear Ukrainian journalists say phrases like "nuclear strike on Moscow will solve all the problems”. You have to choose whether you a journalist or a soldier.
In a regional media, you have to write in a manner so the reader opens the link. This means having scandalous headlines that intrigue. It is critically important, and it was the hardest thing for me to get used to. As for the useful things, I learned to look for the topics in a small town and write more than one material in a day. When I was studying in Lviv and Kyiv, I did not write about dogs, markets and railway stations. It turned out it might be interesting, too."Exchange program between the newsrooms: how is that? Participants’ experience