In the framework of the ENPI FLEG program, the International Union for Conservation of Nature conducted a training in Environmental Civil Journalism.
The training was carried out in Abastumani, Georgia from May 14-17, 2010. The 19 participating journalists represented national and regional media, including newspapers, radio, TV stations, internet portals, news agencies and media related organizations. During the training the participants attended sessions on forest issues, civil journalism and photo/ video materials editing. During meetings with local community and government representatives, the journalists collected photo and video materials, including of confiscated illegal wood. Later on they created video clips, blogs and articles which were published in press or uploaded online.
“If you want a journalist to write about forest – take him to the forest”, this is how David Liklikadze, journalist from Kutaisi summarized the idea of the training. During 6 months after the training the trainers will monitor all blogs and portals created as a result of the training. In autumn 2010 the ”Best Green Blogger” will be selected and awarded with a notebook.
Civil journalism is considered a main prerequisite for a strong civil society. This approach empowers journalists to report independently from political or economic pressures. Especially in the field of environmental protection independent news coverage is important to enforce laws and fight corruption.
Forest covers 40 % of the Georgian territory, but related problems are currently poorly covered in Georgian media. The articles and blogs produced by the participants of the training will contribute to a better coverage of environmental problems in mass media of Georgia.
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