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Using New Media to boost Civic Engagement and Government Transparency

The overall aim of this project is to boost government transparency and increase civic involvement in Moldova. Donor: Transition Promotion Program of the Czech Foreign Ministry, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Partners: MediaPoint and RISE Moldova (MD).




1. To increase the impact of independent bloggers on the political process.

2. To improve public access to official information and spur the public to act based on that data.

3.To boost the ability of investigative journalists and civic activists to monitor the authorities.




  • Development of a blogging platform that will serve not only for the promotion of articles, but also to support blogging in general in Moldova. The site will include a monthly roundup of the most relevant blog posts, as well as highlight the best article of the day.  

  • Development of platform focused on the re-use of public company data, providing it in a more user-friendly manner than on the official site. The platform will feature a customized search tool, company history tracking, and a data visualization generator.

  • Development of a gamification system integrated into to improve user experience, it will give points to users based on the quality of opinions posted on the site and their overall level of activity.

  • Training program  for journalists, activists and IT professionals.

  • Fellowships for journalists in Prague and Chisinau

  • Journalistic investigations

  • Production and publication of TOL content.


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


A Voice For Moldovan Bloggers

In an environment where much of the media suffers under the yolk of political bias, we decided last year to create a new site to add diversity to the country's information space, and, in the process, increase Moldovan citizens' understanding and involvement in issues of public concern. Blogtop now offers an easy way to find the best "citizen" content creators, scattered throughout the country, especially bloggers and vloggers (video blogging, one of the fastest-growing social media trends in Moldova). A ranking system allows users to see the most popular blogs, and helps those bloggers reach much wider audiences. Over 300 are currently registered on Blogtop, and we have ambitions of many more! This project is supported by the Transitions Promotion Program of the Czech Foreign Ministry and the National Endowment for Democracy.


Check out Blogtop:

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We would like to invite you to meet Kathryn Thier, a recognized expert and instructor of Solutions Journalism from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.


Join us to learn more about the connections between investigative reporting and Solutions Journalism and discover the impact that bringing the “whole” story has on communities. Kathryn’s keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion on bringing the solutions perspective into reporting practices with Nikita Poljakov, deputy editor in chief of the business daily Hospodářské noviny. Nikita is also head of the project “Nejsi sám” (You are not alone), which uses the solutions approach to tackle the issue of male suicide. The main program will be followed by an informal wine reception. 


The event will take place on Monday, 25 March at 5 p.m. in the Hollar building of the Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences (Smetanovo nábřeží 6, Praha 1). The event will be in English. 


Attendance is free upon registration - please, fill in the registration form.


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Moldovan diaries

The Moldovan Diaries is a multimedia, interactive examination of the country's ethnic, religious, social and political identities by Paolo Paterlini and Cesare De Giglio.

This innovative approach to story telling gives voice to ordinary people and takes the reader on the virtual trip across Moldovan rural and urban landscapes. 

It is a unique and intimate map of the nation.

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