Story Behind the Story


The Story Behind the Story gives an insight into the work that goes into IWPR articles and the challenges faced by our trainees at every stage of the editorial process.

This feature allows our journalists to explain where they get the inspiration for their articles, why the subjects matter to them, and how they personally have felt affected by the often controversial issues they explore.

It also shows the difficulties writers can face as they try to get to the heart of a story.

3 Apr 2012
Armenian reporter describes evolution from blanket hostility to realisation that Azeris are people, not monsters.

When I saw a Facebook message saying that IWPR Armenia was seeking a journalist to write an article in partnership with an Azerbaijani reporter about the way history is taught in the two countries,

26 Mar 2012
Reporter describes how things get very personal if you ask people how they feel about Armenians.

My interview for a scholarship at the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Georgia was going well, when Professor Tinatin Tsomaia asked me whether I would mind studying alongside a

16 Sep 2011

A year has passed since 15 Georgian sailors were captured in Somalia, and while the Georgian and foreign media occasionally report on the subject, they mention only details, without describing the full picture of what makes our sailors take the risks they do.

Batumi is a major port on the Black Sea but many Georgian sailors venture much further onto the high seas. (Photo: Giorgi Kupatadze)
28 Jul 2011

Armenian journalists are used to writing about the Nagorny Karabakh war, but no amount of experience prepared me for meeting Arthur Badalyan.

9 Jul 2011

A few months ago, a friend of mine told me how he had to bribe an official to secure a burial site for a relative. I was so shocked that I began to investigate. As it turned out, such experiences were frequent; many Armenians seem to have gone through the same thing.

5 May 2011

I had stopped believing in God by 2007, when I started researching Azerbaijan’s Salafi community.

21 Oct 2010

Working on stories about water in and around Nagorny Karabakh proved an education in itself for me as IWPR’s Caucasus editor.

1 Sep 2010

When I was commissioned to write an article about Armenia’s gay community, I did not anticipate the problems I would face finding people to talk to. It took me a month to arrange the meetings I needed, each of them laboriously set up via a mutual friend.

20 Aug 2010

After an IWPR article about domestic violence (New Law to Tackle Domestic Assault in Azerbaijan), I attended a round- table discussion on the issue. It was a rare chance to discuss this taboo subject, and among the themes were the problems of those in the highest-risk group: prostitutes.

11 Aug 2010

My only brother is called Koba.

This happens to be one of the nicknames of the Soviet dictator Joseph Djugashvili, better known as Stalin, the most famous son of my home country of Georgia.