17 young journalists are already having a paid internship in the editorial offices all over Ukraine and receive monthly grants of $ 500. Applications for participation in the program in autumn-winter are expected until the end of October.
Internship application may be submitted by journalism students and actual journalists under the age of 27 with less than five years of working experience. In July, during the first admission, there were 172 applications sent: about a half from students and the rest is from journalists.
"We have received a lot of applications from students of Ostroh Academy, the School of Journalism of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. The regional state media and small media projects are very active. Almost the entire editorial office of "Ltava" Poltava channel and "Kremenchug Telegraph” newspaper,"- says Daryna Shevchenko, Director of Media Development Fund.
The pre-requisite of participation is the internship in another city. It may be from two weeks to two months depending on the wishes of the intern and the host publisher.
"We want the journalists from the West of the country to work in the Eastern media, those from small towns go to the capital and vice versa. When arranging the internship, we try to take into account the wishes of an intern. Of course, the capital's journalists often ask to go to Lviv, residents of towns to the capital. Many journalists from the Western Ukraine would like to go to work in the Russian-language media because they do not have such opportunity at home,"- says Daryna Shevchenko.
To name a few: "Novoe Vremia", "Lvivska Gazeta", “Radio Svoboda”, Hromadske Radio, «Telekritika», Kyiv Post, Delo.ua, Hromadske.tv, Objectiv.tv Kharkiv Internet-TV, Channel 9 of Dnipropetrovsk, Channel 24 of Lviv.
The editorial offices fill-in the applications indicating the desired capacity of employee they need. And the exchange program supervisors do their best to select a candidate meeting the specific requirements of a specific media.
"”Contracty” wants a political correspondent, and "Novoye Vremia" would take anyone but with experience so not to spend much time for training. But purely geographic requirements are the most frequent: Hromadske.tv would like an intern from the East, on the contrary, Channel 9 of Dnipropetrovsk wants somebody from the West, small editorial offices of Poltava and Kremenchug expect people from Kyiv,"- explains Daryna Shevchenko.
Interns work full-time and must meet the same requirements as the staff reporters. According to Daryna, this is an important condition for cooperation with partner editorial offices as the interns need to get real work experience without any excuses.
IMPRESSIONS OF INTER-REGIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Iryna Savchuk, a student of the master program in journalism from Zaporizhzhia, is having an internship in Kyiv with the English-language newspaper Kyiv Post. She writes materials and updates the web-site.
"Working in another city is a priceless experience for a journalist because it teaches not only to adapt quickly but also strengthens the professional skills. Moreover, I always wanted to work in a foreign media, and with Kyiv Post I have got a great opportunity to work in an English-speaking information space", - says the girl.
Kyiv Post also hosted Denys Krasnikov, another journalism student from Zaporizhzhia.
"The start of work in KyivPost was staggering: a huge volume of information, every day brings new challenges and constant painstaking journalistic work. Being involved in the editorial office of this newspaper is a priceless experience. A chance to work with these journalists in the same newsroom motivates me to grow twice as fast, "- says Denys.
Olga Danyluk, journalist and TV-presenter from Rivne, about her internship with "Ltava" Poltava Channel.
"Of course, I was worried about this new job but it turned out to be not that scary. People are nice and good ... I told them about the first impressions of the city and the differences between my native Rivne and Poltava. The first day I was offered to get acquainted with the work of the news section, I visited the shooting together with their journalist, and saw how the stories are made... One can become a professional only comparing themselves with others, comparing native city with neighboring ones, exchanging the experience."
Here is the first story by Olga for "Ltava". By the way, in addition to the TV work, she finds time to write blogs for her native Internet periodical "OGO".
Poltava also hosted Kateryna Kovalenko, a journalist from capital-city online periodical Platfor.ma. She is having her internship with the online periodical VPoltave.info. These are her first materials.
"Their team is really small: just two employees. But this is an example of how a small resource can run a full-grown project. Yesterday we tested new equipment for streaming. We tried to have a live broadcast. We have got some results but still need to train. I am very glad that the editors are initiative and progressive and give me some space for creativity. I would like to make a small video about Poltava."
Iryna Andreytsiv, a student at the master's program in journalism at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, had internship with "Telekritika", a periodical about media.
By the second week I finally understood how to search for the news about media. It was difficult at first because "Telekritika" is not an ordinary news site, this is a specialized periodical. Usually, I make information briefs and they need as much efforts as a large material, plus you have to know seeking the background and this is not that easy so far. I am very happy with my chief and editor Svitlana Ostapova – she helps, gives hints, corrects, gives contacts, advises how to address this or that matter. And the team is the coolest! If it was not for Master Program with in UCU, I would have asked to work here," - says Iryna.
Iryna Baran, a journalist student from Lutsk, is having internship with Kyiv-based on-line source Delo.ua. The first article she wrote was about the fakes spread by the Russian media.
Nastya Shibiko, a journalist of Hromadske Radio of Lviv oblast, came to Kharkiv for internship with Objectiv.tv Internet-TV.
"I started with writing materials and news updates for the web-site of Objective.tv. I wrote in Russian for the first time. Generally speaking, the channel has a huge team! Their rhythm of work is totally crazy because Kharkiv now is a frontline city between the three fires (Luhansk, Donetsk and Russia). This experience is extremely important. I discovered the East of Ukraine and the specifics of the media operation here, it differs drastically from Lviv or, for example, Kyiv. So we exchange experience and knowledge. Taking opportunity of staying in Kharkiv, I prepare the materials for Hromadske Radio. I make maximum of every occasion, "- told the journalist.
Maria Tymoshchuk, a journalist of specialized periodical “Rabotnik Moria” ("Worker of the Sea"), a correspondent for the Hromadske TV of Odessa, is having internship with "Radio Svoboda" in Kyiv.
"Real professionals work here, and I am very pleased to gain the valuable experience alongside them. During the three-day internship I had a short educational program on video shooting, radio reports preparing, and managed to make three videos for the web-site, to prepare some news for the news feed. The Editor-in-Chief of "Radio Svoboda" Inna Kuznetsova gave me a warm welcome, the editorial staff was also very friendly, everyone was willing to help a young journalist. The internship schedule is very intense but it brings good results. I think that in two-week internship I will get so much needed practical experience making a good background for future growth,"- shared her ideas Maria.
Anna Yakutenko, a journalist of the Center for Human Rights Information from Kyiv, is an intern with the on-line source "Novyi Poglyad" in Lviv.
"The editorial work is extremely productive, I have considerably expanded my portfolio. At first it was strange to work all day long in the office (with breaks to participate to briefings or conferences) because I mostly worked as a freelancer previously. But when you get adapted, the working day becomes more productive since you have no opportunity to deal with odd matters. And my base of contacts has been extended significantly especially with politics and economy experts because I never wrote about these areas before."
Inter-Regional Exchange Program is launched with the support of MYMEDIA.