Natalya Napolskaya | Institute for War and Peace Reporting


Natalya Napolskaya

IWPR-trained journalist

I was born in the city of Shymkent in southern Kazakstan in 1989 and grew up there. After secondary school, I moved to Almaty, the cultural capital of the country, and it was there that I got actively involved in journalism. I studied journalism at the Kazak National University.<br /><br /> My parents are engineers by profession and my older brother also has technical background. My older sister is a journalist with the state TV station Khabar.<br /><br /> I had my first journalistic experience when I was 17 and was still at school. I wrote news reports for the state regional newspaper Yuzhnyi Kazakstan (South Kazakstan). I moved on to write more serious articles for the private newspaper Rabat and at the same time worked as a TV journalist and a presenter of a youth programme.<br /><br /> While at university, I continued to work for various media outlets. These included Internews Kazakstan on their programmes Ayna (Mirror) and Open Asia; news portal Stan TV and the TV and radio station Channel 31. Currently, I am editor of the markets section of Vzglyad (View) newspaper.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Journalism has been my first and only professional experience. I first took part in an IWPR training course in 2006 in Almaty and later I underwent training in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I take pleasure in writing to international standards. Although I now also work for other publications, it was IWPR that taught me how to construct stories.<br /><br /> Taking part in IWPR training sessions and as well as in seminars on training the trainers enabled me to teach journalism faculty students.<br /><br /> The subjects I have covered for IWPR range widely from illegal gambling dens to illegal abortions to the promotion of NGOs sympathetic to the government. I have also written about how journalists have been discouraged from forming trade unions.<br /><br /> The most important thing that I took from IWPR courses is that a report should be objective and balanced, that the writer should not express an opinion and should employ different views to reflect the full picture.<br /><br /> It is difficult to say what makes me proud, but what makes me happy is that the profession can help ordinary people. I believe this is very important. I am glad to be able to call myself a journalist.

Natalya Napolskaya, Aygerim Beysenbaeva
8 Jan 10
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