European Mediaclasses

Russian journalists has already visited Paris, Barcelona and Prague in the framework of this exchange program, targeted at sharing the experience with their foreign colleagues.
European Mediaclass in Paris
The project «Mediavacations in Paris», organized by the Mediacongress «The Commonwealth of Journalists» together with the Russian Union of Journalists, was held in the capital of France from 25 to 30 of June 2017. Young journalists from the capital and regional media of Russia along with the students of the humanitarian faculties of the higher educational institutions attended this Mediaclass.
The project's director, secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists Ashot Dzhazoyan divided the participants of the «Mediavacations» into two groups on arrival: the first one headed to adopt the experience of the French colleagues to TF1 TV Channel an the second one – to the editorial office of the newspaper Libération.
Both places did not leave Russian journalists indiferent. They not only touch the real multimedia production, but also took part in a daily, participated in discussions, and had an opportunity to personally ask their French colleagues actual questions.
The editor-in-chief of Libération Pierre Frehdanresh and the deputy editor-in-chief Alexandra Schwartzbrod told about the theme of the newspaper, the most relevant sections, the process of photo selection and collaboration with international news agencies. How is it decided which material will appear on the front page intrigued the majority. As it turned out, it's an everyday routine in the editorial office that in case of contradictions is continued in subsequent meetings during the day.
Journalist of Libération Veronik Dorman, who has Russian routs, told her colleagues about the attitude of French towards Russia, about her Life in Moscow and how is organised the working process in one of the most influential French newspapers.
Over the past two days the program young journalists also visited the demonstration center of one of the biggest companies in the world in the sphere of energy managment and automation Schneider Electric. A warm welcome was organized by the representatives of the Department of corporate communications and public relations Veronik Roque-Montegon and Sophie Suke.
Representatives of the Russian press had an opportunity to personally visit the largest pavilions and film sets, where the political debates are held and video stories of future rating programs are created.
French public information and entertainment channel France 2 was the next program item prepared for young journalists in Paris. The Deputy editor of investigative services and reporting Alban Micozy provided the guests with an interesting stay and dive into the creative atmosphere of making of television programs.
UNESCO headquarters
The culmination of the second day in the France capital was a meeting with the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO Frank la Roux at UNESCO headquarters and discussion on policy, regional press, security and journalistic responsibility. This meeting was also attended by a specialist on UNESCO program in the Sector of communication and information Marius Lukosiunas and the advisor of the Director-General of UNESCO Henrikas Juškevičius. The host party presented the participants with a tour around the headquarters of the international organization, impressions of which could not be spoiled even by a sudden rain.
The scale of the events held in these two days was amazing. The participants of the project noted the excellent organization in terms of established contacts of the Mediacongress «The commonwealth of journalists» with French colleagues and the opportunity to visit key organizations in the international media space.
Participants about the Mediavacations:
The First European Mediaclass in Prague
The first European Mediaclass for journalists, organized by the Mediacongress «The Commonwealth of Journalists», was held in Prague from June 28 to July 5, 2012. The project was attended by professional journalists and newcomers from different regions of Russia, CIS, Baltic States and the European Union.
The project was supported by the Russian Union of Journalists, European Media Network and International Academy of Radio and Television.
The main goal of the European Mediaclass was not only the improvement the professional level of journalism, but also the universalization of the profession. The course gave its participants a unique opportunity to take part in practical classes under the guidance of leading journalists of Russian and foreign media. Workshops and creative laboratories conducted by representatives of the leading media of Europe: the BBC, Euronews, Deutsche Welle, «Radio Liberty», the Times newspaper, Barrandov studio, AFP, as well as the Russian masters of journalism and cinematography.
During the period of training in the European Mediaclass, creative laboratories were created in several areas: photojournalism, printed magazines and newsapers journalism, PR and advertising.
Upon graduation, course's participants presented their creative works «Made in Prague», as following the results all of them were awarded with certificates of completion of course «Mediaclass in Prague».
European Mediaclass in Barcelona
From 20 to 31 of July 2013 the European Mediaclass was held in Barcelona. The participants of the program could enjoy the summer Spanish sun, golden sand and unique architecture of the city, take a bike ride and create reports that touch the locations of the legendary films of Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen, and tell about traditional Spanish dishes and the atmosphere of the football euphoria of Barcelona.
Here you can find some vivid one-minute reports from this Mediaclass
The project «Smart vacations» in Barcelona was organized by the Mediacongress and the Spanish Academy of television, together with the Russian Union of Journalist, RTVE media holding, Barcelona TV and city administration, the International Academy of Television and Radio, with the support of the Spanish company SeaBestLand.
According to the rule of the Mediaclass it was forbidden to rest during Siesta: the city was sleeping, and Russian journalists learned the secrets of profession in cool audiences. Each participant had a unique opportunity to create his own media product titled «Made in Barcelona».
As a result, students received international certificates of completion of the European Mediaclass.