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Young Armenian journalists united by the EU

19 September 2016
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Christine from Armavir, Milena from Yerevan, Lida from Kotayk, Sofya from Vayots Dzor, Armine from Tavush, and many other youngsters living in the same country would probably never have met each other if not for the EU-funded “Strengthening Freedom of Expression through the Promotion of Young Citizens’ Journalism” project. The Manana Centre has organised training courses on journalism, photojournalism and documentary filmmaking for young people (aged 14-24) in all regions of Armenia. The network of young reporters, which was spurred to life at this training has brought together several hundred young media activists.

dsc_0644-2-1038x576Mariam Hayrapetyan from Shirak marz’s Amasya village stated that she could never believe that such a great opportunity would arrive in a remote, northern village a long way from the capital: ‘The four-day workshop changed a lot for my brother, my peers from the region and me. We received a great amount of information every day, as well as love, respect and warmth. You should try it yourself to understand what I mean. Many of the statements I heard during the workshop are like a light in the end of the tunnel. The workshop helped us to free ourselves from the boundaries we had created for ourselves, and fly in the endless space of ideas’.

dsc_0283-1038x576Vahe Stepanyan is seventeen; he lives in Vayots Dzor marz’s Malishka village and was participating in the project: ‘I finally discovered a platform where I felt free. I understood that I could write and write without end. I made friends with people from all around the country, and I acquired priceless skills and experience which are irreplaceable. My life changed – these are not just empty words. I see a great difference between the person I used to be in the past and the one I am now’.

astghik-1024x685Astghik from Getahovit village even has become popular in her own small village in Tavush marz. ‘“What an amazing article, good for you, Astghik!” I hear more and more of this statement from my villagers of different ages. And I cannot resist to smile joyfully, which is of course not a sign of modesty. What if I did not participate in the civic journalism workshop, what if no one could read my articles and what if no one would know how good I am at writing? It is funny, but I did not know this about myself before the workshop. I think this says it all’.

dsc03933-1-2-2-1038x576Training courses have helped youngsters from Armenia not only learn new things but also to become more confident in life – Nane is one of them. ‘I used to be very shy. I was uncertain about sharing my opinion. Now I am not afraid any more. And what is amazing, the opinions of other people are now also very interesting to me’.

sargis-melkonyan-1038x576Among young reporters, there are the ones who have already succeeded not only in their villages but also received a professional appreciation. ‘I started taking part in different competitions after getting journalistic practical skills. I did not have to wait long for my first success. I received the first prize in the essay competition named “Mother, I won’t be late…” organised by Political Leadership for Young People NGO. During the prize awarding ceremony I got acquainted with Sose Zaqaryan from Syunik, another 17.am correspondent. She also received a prize. My article was published in Menua magazine after the competition. I took another first prize in a competition named ‘My Financial Story’ organised by the Central Bank of Armenia. Here I made friends with Astghik Israelyan from Vayots Dzor, who is also a young correspondent. It is always like this, our correspondents take part in all the competitions and prize ceremonies and they mostly get honored with prizes as a rule’, – said Sargis Melkonyan from Agarak village.
You can visit www.17.am, where you can find all the materials created by young journalists before, during and after the camps.

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Young Armenian journalists united by the EU

Christine from Armavir, Milena from Yerevan, Lida from Kotayk, Sofya from Vayots Dzor, Armine from Tavush, and many other youngsters living in the same country would probably never have met each other if not for the EU-funded “Strengthening Freedom of Expression through the Promotion of Young Citizens’ Journalism” project. The Manana Centre has organised training courses on journalism, photojournalism and documentary filmmaking for young people (aged 14-24) in all regions of Armenia. The network of young reporters, which was spurred to life at this training has brought together several hundred young media activists. dsc_0644-2-1038x576Mariam Hayrapetyan from Shirak marz’s Amasya village stated that she could never believe that such a great opportunity would arrive in a remote, northern village a long way from the capital: ‘The four-day workshop changed a lot for my brother, my peers from the region and me. We received a great amount of information every day, as well as love, respect and warmth. You should try it yourself to understand what I mean. Many of the statements I heard during the workshop are like a light in the end of the tunnel. The workshop helped us to free ourselves from the boundaries we had created for ourselves, and fly in the endless space of ideas’. dsc_0283-1038x576Vahe Stepanyan is seventeen; he lives in Vayots Dzor marz’s Malishka village and was participating in the project: ‘I finally discovered a platform where I felt free. I understood that I could write and write without end. I made friends with people from all around the country, and I acquired priceless skills and experience which are irreplaceable. My life changed – these are not just empty words. I see a great difference between the person I used to be in the past and the one I am now’. astghik-1024x685Astghik from Getahovit village even has become popular in her own small village in Tavush marz. '“What an amazing article, good for you, Astghik!” I hear more and more of this statement from my villagers of different ages. And I cannot resist to smile joyfully, which is of course not a sign of modesty. What if I did not participate in the civic journalism workshop, what if no one could read my articles and what if no one would know how good I am at writing? It is funny, but I did not know this about myself before the workshop. I think this says it all’. dsc03933-1-2-2-1038x576Training courses have helped youngsters from Armenia not only learn new things but also to become more confident in life - Nane is one of them. 'I used to be very shy. I was uncertain about sharing my opinion. Now I am not afraid any more. And what is amazing, the opinions of other people are now also very interesting to me'. sargis-melkonyan-1038x576Among young reporters, there are the ones who have already succeeded not only in their villages but also received a professional appreciation. ‘I started taking part in different competitions after getting journalistic practical skills. I did not have to wait long for my first success. I received the first prize in the essay competition named “Mother, I won’t be late…” organised by Political Leadership for Young People NGO. During the prize awarding ceremony I got acquainted with Sose Zaqaryan from Syunik, another 17.am correspondent. She also received a prize. My article was published in Menua magazine after the competition. I took another first prize in a competition named 'My Financial Story' organised by the Central Bank of Armenia. Here I made friends with Astghik Israelyan from Vayots Dzor, who is also a young correspondent. It is always like this, our correspondents take part in all the competitions and prize ceremonies and they mostly get honored with prizes as a rule’, - said Sargis Melkonyan from Agarak village. You can visit www.17.am, where you can find all the materials created by young journalists before, during and after the camps. img_8934