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Journalistic professionalism for Democratic Elections

18 December 2012

On 21 and 22 November an EU-funded two-day training course was held in Tsaghkadzor to promote better coverage of February’s presidential elections.
The aim of the event was to provide Armenian journalists with skills to effectively use multimedia tools and social networks, and to enhance their ability to analyse and consistently cover electoral processes.
The training session was opened with welcoming speeches from the “Internews” NGO Executive Director, Nouneh Sargsian, EU Delegation representative Marja Daffern, and the OSCE Yerevan Office Deputy Ambassador, William Hanlon.
The EU representative welcomed the organisation of the event, as a part of the EU project to support democratic elections in Armenia. ‘Through media coverage the public can receive diverse and transparent information and become aware of their rights and choices on the elections,’ said Marja Daffern.

Many of the participants expected to acquire new skills, the application of which would allow them to more consistently cover not only electoral processes, but also citizens’ concerns. Guest trainer and an independent media consultant Henrik Hansen, before proceeding to the main discussions, highlighted the importance of journalists’ preparedness, noting that it was not possible to provide quality material if the journalists were not duly informed.

Participants discussed the rights and responsibilities of the press and the problems journalists encounter during election campaigns, as well as the principles of the use of online and new media tools to communicate with the public. How to ensure balanced coverage, and be protected from encroachment both before the elections and on election day were also part of the training. Methods of attracting voters through electronic media and social networking were also presented.

The two-day seminar was organised through the financial support of the EU within the framework of the €1.7 million project aimed at strengthening electoral processes in Armenia in accordance with international standards. It is being implemented by the OSCE Yerevan Office and “Internews” NGO.

Journalistic professionalism for Democratic Elections

On 21 and 22 November an EU-funded two-day training course was held in Tsaghkadzor to promote better coverage of February's presidential elections. The aim of the event was to provide Armenian journalists with skills to effectively use multimedia tools and social networks, and to enhance their ability to analyse and consistently cover electoral processes. The training session was opened with welcoming speeches from the "Internews" NGO Executive Director, Nouneh Sargsian, EU Delegation representative Marja Daffern, and the OSCE Yerevan Office Deputy Ambassador, William Hanlon. The EU representative welcomed the organisation of the event, as a part of the EU project to support democratic elections in Armenia. ‘Through media coverage the public can receive diverse and transparent information and become aware of their rights and choices on the elections,’ said Marja Daffern. Many of the participants expected to acquire new skills, the application of which would allow them to more consistently cover not only electoral processes, but also citizens’ concerns. Guest trainer and an independent media consultant Henrik Hansen, before proceeding to the main discussions, highlighted the importance of journalists’ preparedness, noting that it was not possible to provide quality material if the journalists were not duly informed. Participants discussed the rights and responsibilities of the press and the problems journalists encounter during election campaigns, as well as the principles of the use of online and new media tools to communicate with the public. How to ensure balanced coverage, and be protected from encroachment both before the elections and on election day were also part of the training. Methods of attracting voters through electronic media and social networking were also presented. The two-day seminar was organised through the financial support of the EU within the framework of the €1.7 million project aimed at strengthening electoral processes in Armenia in accordance with international standards. It is being implemented by the OSCE Yerevan Office and "Internews" NGO. [gallery link="file"]