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IWPR Hosts Second School of Analytic Journalism

Central Asian journalists learn new skills in cross-regional training.
By IWPR
  • IWPR's second School of Analytic Journalism for its CABAR.asia platform. (Photo: IWPR/CABAR.asia)
    IWPR's second School of Analytic Journalism for its CABAR.asia platform. (Photo: IWPR/CABAR.asia)
  • IWPR's second School of Analytic Journalism for its CABAR.asia platform. (Photo: IWPR/CABAR.asia)
    IWPR's second School of Analytic Journalism for its CABAR.asia platform. (Photo: IWPR/CABAR.asia)
  • IWPR's second School of Analytic Journalism for its CABAR.asia platform. (Photo: IWPR/CABAR.asia)
    IWPR's second School of Analytic Journalism for its CABAR.asia platform. (Photo: IWPR/CABAR.asia)

IWPR wrapped up the second School of Analytic Journalism for its CABAR.asia platform, this time in the Kazak city of Almaty. 

Organised by IWPR Central Asia as part of a project to develop regional analytic journalism, 23 journalists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan took part.

The first school was held last summer in Bishkek.

(See also Central Asia's New School of Analytic Journalism).

This year, the eight-day event included trainings on analytical journalism as well as cyber security, ethics and data journalism. There were also workshops on social media and a session on how to produce photo essays.

Trainers included IWPR Central Asia and CABAR.asia editors as well as experienced specialists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Anastasiya Lotareva, editor-in-chief of the Russian portal takiedela.ru, hosted a session on storytelling, while Vlad Krylevsky of the Ukrainian Service of Radio Liberty taught journalists how to create videos for social media.

The participants’ will now get the opportunity to contribute to www.cabar.asia and progress to future training.

“I have established new contacts with journalists. I hope it will help me create materials at the regional level,” said Vasila Nuralishoeva, an independent journalist from Tajikistan. “Now I understand the structure of an analytical article, how to keep to international standards. I will definitely use this knowledge in my work. The programme has been so rich and provided so much new and useful information.”

“The session on video production for social media was very useful to me,” added Bekzod Yusupov, the editor of a local news portal in Uzbekistan. “I will be applying this and other guidance in my editorial office and will teach my colleagues.”

“I am thankful that this School of Analytic Journalism has involved journalists from various regions of our republic, said Almira Abidinova, a reporter from southern Kyrgyzstan. “Very often such large-scale programmes involve only journalists from the capital, but here regional journalists have also been given a chance for development, which we appreciate so much.”

IWPR Central Asia launched this project in early 2018 to train a new generation of analysts and journalists to raise public awareness of crucial domestic and regional issues,  and promote the development of their countries and the region as a whole

(For more see IWPR Launches New Central Asia Programme).

Previous participants of the School of Analytics and School of Analytic Journalism CABAR.asia-2018 travelled to Georgia in June for a unique cross-regional training.

(See also IWPR Brings Central Asian Journalists to Georgia)

This publication was prepared under the "Giving Voice, Driving Change - from the Borderland to the Steppes Project" implemented with the financial support of the Foreign Ministry of Norway.