May 25, 2017

Participants in the alumni programme of the School of Digital Journalism of the Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation came together in Belgrade last weekend in order to get informed about ever more usable skills for journalists today – the basics of writing applications for media projects.

Along with mentoring assistance from Ilir Gaši, executive director of the Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation, Aldina Luinović (Prijepolje), Violeta Glišić (Kragujevac), Dragana Prica, Milena Dragović (Novi Sad), Ivana Stojanović, Filip Rudić (Belgrade) and Tamara Milojević (Niš) learned how to develop an idea for specific media content that contributes to the quality of public informing, to define and explain the problem which the idea of the project deals with, to determine project goals, target groups, methodology and project activities, to budget costs etc.

Alongside these issues, they also discussed project management, communication with donors, assessing project success and reporting.

At the end of the two-day course, participants independently developed their first projects. One of them was the project “Inclusion of young people in the political decision-making process,” which used six multimedia content segments to introduce young people, in a creative, informative and understandable way, with the importance of participation in political decision-making and decision-making processes.

Apart from this basic level of training, the Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation will also organise an advanced level workshop.

The state of the media is such that journalists who want to freely deal with researching topics of public interest must increasingly secure the money to finance their work themselves, thus we believe that training like this will enable them to be more resistant against the economic pressures to which editorial staff are exposed.

Familiarity with writing projects can also be very useful because it helps journalists deal with issues that they consider important, and which demand longer work, often lasting several months, regardless of whether they already working in newsrooms or as freelancers.

Photo: Marija Manojlović / Slavko Ćuruvija fondacija