Between March 27th and March 31st , a group of energetic young journalists and students participated in the training Modern journalism trends: multimedia platforms & convergent newsrooms, run by IREX Europe.

The five-day intensive training covered different approaches and trends in modern journalism, from investigative journalism and video/radio production to blogging, multimedia storytelling and citizen journalism. The training was run by Ukrainian and national media experts and journalists including Sergiy Sidorenko, editor of European Pravda, Alina Radu, director of Ziarul de Garda, and Corneliu Durnescu & Diana Railean from Radio Free Europe.

The training also addressed the question of the value of journalistic material in the information age where anyone who is witness to an event can record and share, making instant news. As Sergiy stressed during the training, one should not under estimate the power of quality journalism and the skill involved in giving power, sense and significance to the news and information available.

Following the training, the trainees will start a learning-by-doing process at leading Moldovan independent media and production companies: Ziarul de Garda, Radio Free Europe, OWH TV Studio, and Gagauz Media. This will empower them to report clearly and accurately on issues affecting Moldovan population, with the help professional support and mentoring from our partners. Trainees will also be encouraged to organise public platforms for discussion based on the subject of their chosen video reports.

The training took was hosted by Free International University of Moldova and was organized in the framework of “Strengthening independent media and media literacy” Program, implemented by IREX Europe in partnership with Novateca since 2014.