Representatives of journalists' organizations from Ukraine and 7 partner countries have gathered at the presentation of the MYMEDIA project on the 4th of December.
The MYMEDIA project is a 4-years program for supporting and developing independent media in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
Denmark has started the media support program in Eastern Europe back in 2008. Now the 3rd phase of the project has started, the one including Ukraine. The country devoted 9 mln euros to the project part of 2013 - 2016. This is the money for developing independent media in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, explained Michael Suhr, the Head of the European Neighborhood Department of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, in a commentary for the “First Business Channel”.
The news piece about the MYMEDIA presentation on “First Business Channel”.
In each of the 7 participant countries a number of NGOs and higher educational institutions implement their projects within the MYMEDIA program. Like, for example, the Ukrainian Catholic University that held a School of International Journalism in September — organized open master-classes of well-known foreign journalists: Yasemin Congar (Turkey) andMaria Stepan (Poland), and is to hold an International student media symposium in March of 2014. Application submission is already open.
In September the “Telekritika” NGO conducted a nationwide survey on people's awareness and expectations of public media projects.
“Objective” was also started in autumn. It's a contest with no fixed term aimed on getting funds for investigative reporting. Ukrainian, Belorussian and Moldavian journalists can participate. A similar contest was launched in Turkey. The “Belarus in focus” competition of materials on Belarus in foreign media was started at the same time. That is, even though the presentation of MYMEDIA project happened just now, in December, it was already in progress this autumn.
The news piece of the MYMEDIA presentation at the “Telekritika” website.