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Digital Journalism School: Capacity-building for investigative reporters

The overall goal of the project is to equip Ukrainian investigative journalists with new digital skills to meet the challenge of producing stories to further government transparency and accountability. Donor: National Endowment for Democracy

Partner: Regional Press Development Institute (UA)


The specific objectives are:


1.      To empower a group of young, Ukrainian journalists by providing investigative, research, and data journalism/visualization training to help them produce stories that further government transparency and accountability.

2.      To provide the target group with knowledge and practical skills to protect their digital content from security risks and cyber attacks; identify possible threats and avoid them; and keep personal accounts and devices secure.

3.      To provide practical support to Ukrainian investigative agencies and media groups in the development of their investigative projects by training staff in advanced programming skills, providing continuous mentorship, and offering small awards for successfully implemented projects.


The core activities are:


1.      The presentation of two workshop modules and six webinars for beginners to develop skills critical to Ukrainian investigative journalism (data journalism and visualization, cyber security and content protection, etc.)


2.      The presentation of two hands-on workshop modules and a mentoring program for the more advanced staff of selected investigative reporting agencies, with a focus on mastering computer programming tools in pursuit of special data projects.  


The provision of mentoring from the TOL editorial team toward the production of articles and other TOL content published on the TOL website about Ukraine governmental reform, corruption, and other transitional topics.


For more information about TOL's other current projects, please click here.


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--  Announcement: Debunking Disinformation: A Training Program for Czech Journalism Students - Become An Expert Fact Checker and Hoax Buster!


Date: March 12, 2018 – July 1, 2018

The course is for free and TOL will cover all travel expenses for attendees. Applicants should be from a master’s program (or in the final years of their studies), either in journalism or media studies, or other relevant fields such as political science, security studies, international relations or other. One of the main selection criteria will be a proven motivation to use the acquired skills in practice. While much of the instruction will be in Czech, fluent English is a requirement.


Apply or check our website for more info. Deadline is January 31, 2018.

Support is provided by the U.S. Embassy in Prague.


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