Internationales Seminar vom 29. Mai bis 4. Juni 2016 ICS

Reporting Conflict and Crisis

Invitation to a workshop/international exchange in Berlin (Germany)

In many OSCE-participating states conflict and crisis hamper and endanger an independent, accurate and objective journalism. Sometimes journalism even tends to sharpen conflicts. It´s difficult to recognize propaganda, hate-speech and different interests of conflict-parties. In addition the personal and digital security of journalists often is threatened. 

These problems will be the main focus of the journalism Seminar of taz panter foundation, Reporters Without Borders and the German Federal Foreign Office. 14 journalists from OSCE-participating states, especially from Central Asia, Middle and Eastern Europe and Russia will be invited to come to Berlin from 29 May to 4 June 2016 to exchange their experience, discuss these issues and more. 

The participants will meet journalists, politicians, public stakeholders and experts for international election observation. They will visit the German parliament. In the Federal Foreign Office they will meet representatives of the task force for the German OSCE-presidency 2016. They will learn about the German media landscape and exercise some techniques of conflict sensitive journalism. Participants will learn how to upgrade their personal and digital security. 

During the stay in Berlin participants are expected to finalize an article covering a topic in the context of the seminar. Ideas and research should be presented in the beginning of the workshop. 

The taz panter foundation is focused on training for journalists. This foundation is closely linked to taz.die tageszeitung, an independent daily German newspaper. 

Further information

Expenses including travel costs, hotel-accommodation in bedrooms shared by 2-3 persons and meals will be paid by the German Federal Foreign Office. Pocket-money is not included. 

Requirements for participation:

  • At least two years of journalistic experience in print, online, radio or TV outlets or as blogger
  • Working knowledge of Russian and at least very good understanding of English language
  • No previous participation in workshops of taz panter foundation or Deutsche Welle
  • Valid travel documents for a visa application

Apply by 29 February 2016

Journalists interested should send two documents, both in Russian and English:

  • a CV including work experience and knowledge of languages;
  • a motivation statement for participation including your idea for a story and the research, as well as including mail addresses of two journalistic reference persons to be contacted by the taz panter foundation

The Russian version is to be sent to oertel[at]taz[dot]de

The English version is to be sent to petra_bornhoeft[at]web[dot]de

Applications are accepted only until 29 February 2016.

The workshop will be organized by the journalists Barbara Oertel (taz) and Petra Bornhöft (taz panter foundation).

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