Media Dialogue Newsletter
Bishkek, July 22, 2021
The Media Dialogue Project Lab took place in May 2021 in the framework of the Media Dialogue project. Following a five-day comprehensive training on developing capacity and sustainability of media organizations for ten media organizations selected on a competitive basis, the participants pitched their media projects developed throughout the Project Lab in a 2-day Media Hackathon, which have clear and sustainable business models and feasible monetization strategies. The teams presented their projects in front of their peers and a jury of media managers, representatives of IT companies and donor organizations. You can watch the experience of the participants and organizers in the Media Hackathon in this video.
Following the publication of the Legal Analysis of the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on the Mass Media conducted by the Media Policy Institute, ARTICLE 19, in partnership with the Media Policy Institute, just published the legal analysis “Kyrgyzstan: Reform of Media Laws”, within the framework of the Media Dialogue project, The analytical report is intended to help stakeholders in Kyrgyzstan to promote reforms of media laws. To read the report, please click here. To read and consult all the legal analyses conducted in the framework of the Media Dialogue project, please visit the dedicated section of our website.
On July 15 and 19 the Media Dialogue project held online meetings with Mr. Nurlan Kubatovich Omurov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Deans of journalism faculties of the Bishkek State University, the Kyrgyz National University and the I. Arabayev Kyrgyz State University. The discussions focused on identifying possible areas for cooperation to improve curricula and modernize journalism education through practical training opportunities, including through experience sharing between schools of journalism in Kyrgyzstan and the EU. In April 2021, the European Partnership for Democracy within the frames of the Media Dialogue project conducted a curriculum analysis and needs assessment in journalism education in Kyrgyzstan. A summary of the needs assessment findings will be released in the coming days.
The Media Dialogue project is funded by the European Union and runs until end of 2021. Its objective is to harness the power of the media in safeguarding conflict-free elections. We have been delivering training and capacity-building activities to help media actors supply accurate and trustworthy election-related content to the citizens of Kyrgyzstan so that they can make informed choices.
We work with print, online and broadcast media outlets as well as production houses, individual journalists, online activists and influencers. Our events serve to improve their editorial standards, upgrade their digital skills, and inject an innovative spirit into the content they produce. The project is engaging government officials, parliamentary deputies, non-governmental and civil society organisations as well as members of the Central Electoral Commission and its territorial branches in an effort to create a more conducive election environment. We collaborate with the media and civil society communities to enhance self-regulation in the media sector and make it more robust and resilient to political manipulation or restrictive measures.
Our programme includes activities to increase the economic independence of the media by providing monetisation workshops, innovative digital content generation events and innovative media start-ups initiatives. We also cooperate with Kyrgyz universities and institutions providing journalism education to boost their curricula and link them up with European counterparts through exchange programmes. All our activities are delivered by a mix of international and local trainers and consultants exploiting areas of expertise offered by each of the Consortium Partners.
For more information about the Project or current and forthcoming opportunities, please get in touch with the Project Manager, Cholpon Nogoibaeva, email@example.com.
In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Media Dialogue has been adjusting its activities in line with WHO recommendations and national regulations of the countries involved in the project. Our priority is not to expose any beneficiaries, experts or staff to risks associated with the virus but at the same time to continue delivering the planned Action with every effort made to meet its objectives and maintain its effectiveness in the limiting and challenging circumstances.