Asist & Agora
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Academy of Citizen Journalism
Currently citizens do not only access information differently - they also produce it themselves. An unfortunate side effect is the dilution of quality and objectivity of the information online that distorts the public debate. Citizen journalists have facilitated the development of other formats of journalism such as explanatory, solution and data journalism that do a much better job at informing the public about the increasing complexity of modern societies than many of the mainstream media. We believe that new media formats driven by young independent creators and journalists will be able to address the main challenges identified that are the low level of trust in quality and impartiality of the local media and the lack of professional training for entry-level and mid-career journalists able to face new type market demand.
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Trainers teaching the Theoretical Components
Mark Mazureanu
Expert in: Comparative Policies, Propaganda, Social Mobilization, Civil Society
Lilia Zaharia
Journalist in the Independent Press Association and the online platform STOP FALS
Dorin Galben
Founder "Show de doi Galbeni"
Alexandru Lebedev
Founder Diez.md
Ramin Mazur
Documentary photographer
Sergiu Bozianu
President at Asociația pentru Protecția Vieții Private
Dinu Turcanu
NS/LMC Manager at Cisco
Ion Vasilica
Founder Sic.md
Sanda Sandu
Expert in anticoruption
Natalia Porubin
Investigative journalist
Mariana Rață
Co-founder and Editor on TV8
Citizen journalism is based upon public citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information."
Trainers teaching the Practical Components
Victoria Dumbrava
Chief editor at AGORA online media
Nadia Darie
Native Editor AGORA, chief editor at EA.md
Irina Harea-Mardari
Journalist Agora.md, blogger
Constantin Taran
Video editing and graphic animation at Interact Media
Capitolina Turculeț
Journalist at AGORA
The project addresses three important challenges.
First, we observe drop of public trust in mass media from over 50% in 2014 to 30% in 2019 (BPO'19 and PubPercOfMedia in MD'18). It is due to a combination of factors such a consolidation of partisan and biased media, spreading of fake news and disinformation, and overall corruption of journalist standards and practices (CJI Report, 2018) as well as lack of professional training for entry-level and mid-career journalists. This vacuum of trust leads to widening socio-political polarization.
News consumption pattern is changing.
The information and news consumption patterns are changing with the Internet and social media replacing TV as the primary info. source (BPO, 2019). This trend is accelerated with the spread of Internet, mobile Internet as well as the rise of a younger audience, grew in a digital and tech-rich environment. Moreover, it is increasingly difficult to navigate the complex information environment that is becoming more toxic due disinformation, attention-driven business models that tend to maximize their audience rather than provide meaningful experience. This shows again the need of preparation of a new type of journalists able to respond to the new market demand.
Citizens not only consume news differently but also intervene to produce them.
Citizens do not only access information differently; they also produce it themselves. An unfortunate side effect is the dilution of quality and objectivity of the information online that distort the public debate. On the other side, Citizen journalism have facilitated the development of other formats such as explanatory, solution and data journalism that do a better job at informing citizens about the increasing complexity of modern societies than mainstream media. We believe that new media formats driven by young independent creators and journalists will be able to address this vacuum of public trust and educate a better-informed populace. ASIST is perfectly positioned to embark on this mission as we have engaged with youth from MD through various proj.
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The instruction program is made out of three components. The theoretical component includes 44 hours of classroom instruction at ASIST.
The practical component includes 10 hours of practical instruction in the Agora studio. And, hands on instruction include the possibility to get a month long internship position in one of the leading free media outlets in Moldova.
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