Training Courses

Training on Peace Building for South Caucasian Activists PDF Print

Deadline: 13 May 2013

Region: South Caucasus

Abkhazia by NonviolentPeaceforce.orgThe regional project “Coalition for Trust” is open for applications from students, civil activists, and journalists who are residents in South Caucasian countries and regions (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Karabakh).

The aim of the project is to strengthen understanding and trust between people in a region characterised by conflict and human rights violations.

Starting in June 2013 in Tiblisi, the training will take place throughout the next two years. Attendants will take part in six seminars, as well as in meetings, study trips, public discussions and TV-debates on peace/trust building and reconciliation issues. Workshops are held in Russian and Georgian.


Training on Reporting Social Diversity in Russia PDF Print

Date: 5 - 6 March 2013

Region: Russia, Ufa city, the Republic of Bashkortostan

ufa workshopEncouraging journalists to see their societies the way they are (diverse, multicultural and pluralistic), rather than homogeneous, was one of the main aims of the workshop for journalists in Ufa city, capital of the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan.

The Executive Director of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) Milica Pesic, and  Web news Journalist at The Norwegian Union of Journalists, Eva Stabell, were the trainers of the workshop called "Responsible Journalism: Setting the Standards for Reporting on Social Diversity”.

More than 30 journalists, mainly directors and editors in chief, from local agencies of the Russian republic participated in this 2-days workshop.

The purpose of the training was to help journalists to improve their professional skills through fair, well- researched and sympathetic coverage in order to represent better diversity in society.

The participants discussed ideas for the features that reflect diversity of life experience throughout the region. They also addressed core principles on ethical/responsible journalism, such as tolerance and anti-discrimination, impartiality and objectivity, codes of conduct, eliminating prejudice and xenophobia.

The local journalists and the Republic of Bashkortostan Union of Journalists found the training very informative and effective, and appreciated that the theory was closely connected with the practice.

The workshop was organised by the Russian Union of Journalists, The Norwegian Union of Journalists, and International Federation of Journalists.

Training on Strengthening Social Cohesion in Albania and Montenegro PDF Print

Dates: 4 – 8 February 2013

Country: Albania, Tirana

tirana pic 2Promoting an inclusive and accurate journalism for 15 years, executive Director of the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Milica Pesic, shared her experience with the participants of the workshop in Tirana, Albania.

Pesic and Anser Hassan, were the trainers at the workshop on “The Role of Media in Strengthening Social Cohesion.”

Pesic and Hassan were training 16 reporters from Albania and Montenegro giving them an opportunity to learn from the examples of work for and with the media to cover diversity. In the examples were included media from the U.S., Southeast Europe and Western Europe that Hassan and Media Diversity Institute have been working with.

Representatives of the Roma, LGBT, and disabled communities visited the course in Tirana as special guests, giving presentations and then agreeing to be interviewed by the reporters.

Can Media Support Women's Economic Empowerment? PDF Print

Published: 1 February 2013

Country: Lebanon

burqaipodThe Program for Empowering Women Financially (in Arabic), part of the Collective for Research and Training on Development Action, organizes an interactive training workshop under the theme, "the economic empowerment of women and the crucial role of the media."

The workshops that take place in February and March question how the media can support women’s economic empowerment?

Journalists working in Arabic and foreign media organizations can take part in these series of workshops that will take place in various Lebanese provinces.

Weekend Course on Reporting on Religion PDF Print


Interested in attending a weekend course in Reporting on Religion?

London, May 2013

Limited number, modest cost, organised by MDI and University of Westminster.

Please contact Roza Tsagarousianou This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and/or

Milica Pesic This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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