Young people from high schools in Lviv and Ternopil are reporting on the second edition of the Media Forum in Lviv, as part of media literacy project. Eighteen youngsters, aged from 14 to 17, prepare videos, take photos and write about the event that is by far the biggest gathering of Ukrainian journalists and politicians, who meet to discuss problems that journalism in the country face nowadays.
The youngsters participate in the project “Sprawa” (www.sprawa.org), media literacy scheme run by the Polish New Media Foundation as part of the MyMedia family of projects. It have started a year ago and engaged in its first edition in 2013/14 about 700 high school students from Belarus and Ukraine. It is expected to be four times bigger in the second edition that is to end in 2015 and reach about 1.800 participants in Ukraine alone.
Reporting about Media Forum is a big challenge for the project participants who were divided in two groups: video team responsible for clips presented on Youtube channel, and editorial team in charge of preparation of the electronic magazine available on the platform MAMMEDIA (http://mammedia.com.ua/), with its paper version distributed among Media Forum participants on Lviv Arena.
“The people are working with such enthusiasm I never saw in the school” - says Daryna Romanczuk from High School nr 5 in Lviv, editor in chief of electronic newspaper that was called “My-Media Workshop Gazette”. During two days of intense workshops before Media Forum, Daryna has gained herself a reputation of being quick and decisive. She compares her work as chief editor of the school magazine with her present task and sees a big difference:
“There is a lot of learning at school, even when we are doing journalistic job, while here we just enjoy what we like. Even our setbacks give us more motivation”, she said.
Krzysztof Boczek, Polish trainer, who is responsible for workshops with the editorial team is positively impressed by the attitude of his apprentices:
“The youth are more active than average, there are leaders that make the group working quite fast and effective, but I can say that everyone is contributing.”
Maciej Gajek, Polish TV professional in charge of training of the video team, stresses the difficulty of the mission that young people are undertaking:
“It is like having learned the letters and the alphabet on a first day, jump to writing phrases on the second one and quickly run to telling stories only the day after”, says Gajek.
Maksym Sklenar, a 14 years old student from Lviv High School nr 1, admits that the beginnings were quite hard, but good relations between participants have helped him ease his concerns:
“I was a bit frightened by the technology at first, but when I have mixed with people well, I came to terms with that and started to get satisfaction. It is a great pleasure to work with people who can understand you and who you can understand”, smiles Maksym