On September 26-27, the Ukrainian Catholic University with support of the MYMEDIA Program will conduct the School of Political Reportage, and on October 26 its participants will travel to the cities throughout Ukraine and will cover the election process there.
58 students applied for participation in the School, out of whom 33 have been selected. Applicants had to send a resume, motivation letter and analytical material with an analysis of political attitudes in their own town or region.
Twenty participants of the School are students of the UCU, thirteen are from other universities. Geographically they represent 17 cities, including Simferopol, Donetsk, Mariupol, Slaviansk, Kherson, Mykolayiv, Odesa.
"We’ve selected those who were really motivated and demonstrated in the application a knowledge of the political context, understanding of what political reportage is and a good proficiency in the text", - explained Otar Dovzhenko, Lecturer of the School of Journalism of the UCU.
During the School of Political Reportage Sonia Koshkina (Chief Editor of the online publication LB.UA), Anna Gyn (reporter, journalist of Gordonua.com), Kateryna Sergatskova (reporter, collaborates with online publications Ukrainska Pravda and Colta.ru), Piotr Andruseczko (Polish reporter, writes about events in Ukraine for Gazeta Wyborcza and Nowa Europa Wschodnia), Pavel Reszka (Polish reporter, investigative journalist for the Polish Radio and newspaper «Tygodnik Powszechny», covers events in the Crimea and Donbas) will speak to the students.
And the day of elections the School participants will spend in the cities of Artemivsk, Bilgorod-Dnistrovskyi, Kamin-Kashyrskyi, Vyzhnytsia, Chop, Pochayiv, Severodonetsk, Balakleya, Bakhmach, Sviatogorsk, Pereyaslav-Khmelnitskyi, Dnipropetrovsk, Starobelsk, Vradievka, Nemyriv, Henichesk, Putyvl.
There will be two students who will go to each of the cities. They will cover the work of polling stations, election process in the city and the attitudes of local population. Reportages, notes and news from places of events will be promptly posted on the website mymedia.org.ua, in regional and national mass media.
Distribution of participants in pairs and selection of destinations for each one was carried out rather thoroughly.
"Main principle of selection - the person should go where he/she most likely has never been before. It makes no sense to send Lviv resident to Zhovkva, somebody from Transcarpathia to Chop and Donetsk resident to Artemivsk - they won’t be surprised and most probably take local realities for granted. We, therefore, tried to send people from one corner of Ukraine to the other. In addition, upon requests and prior acquaintances with the participants we had an idea about their backgrounds and what city they are likely to "manage". Several approaches were used in the formation of pairs. Some of these people - has long been familiar to each other and have already been working together, others will see each other for the first time. When there are seventeen pairs, one can experiment", - said Otar Dovzhenko.
They will cover the work of polling stations, election process in the city and the attitudes of local population. Reportages, notes and news from places of events will be promptly posted on the website mymedia.org.ua, in regional and national mass media.