Young journalists in Moldova have been given the chance to test their skills in the real world of working newsrooms gaining vital practical experience.

“There were three useful days in which I consolidated my knowledge and found out a lot of new things. Most useful, however, was the sharing of the working experience of journalists and the practical advice they offered us,” said Violeta Ţuţuianu, a student at the journalism faculty and trainee at Ziarul de Gardă.

13 journalists were selected out of 19 applicants for a chance to work as interns with renowned local media Ziarul de Garda, On-line Newsmaker portal, Canal Regional and Radio Free Europe.

The group worked in two sessions in March and April 2018, first working with Natalia Melnic, the Editor-in-Chief at On-line Newsmaker, learning hands-on about on-line journalistic.

They then worked with Alina Radu, editor-in-chief at Ziarul de Garda, focusing on investigative journalism looking at real ongoing cases.

The journalists also learned about multimedia journalism and how to use the full range of tools available to tell a story: using video, text, images and graphics.

For the second session the journalists worked with Diana Railean from Radio Free Europe, focusing on radio reporting, how to use and develop sources and how to build atmosphere into stories. With RFE’s Liliana Barbarosie the journalists worked on “podcast” production for online radio.

During their internship, young journalists will spend at least 30 days working in the media and they will each produce a 5-10 min video focusing on human rights, combating corruption, economic and cultural development or social issues.

The training was implemented in the framework of the Strengthening Independent media and Media Literacy in Moldova Project. To find out more about the project, please check here.