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Solutions Journalism Online Forum


April 14, 11:00am – Internews Ukraine (IUA) conducted the Solutions Journalism (SJ) online forum, where international and Ukrainian journalists shared their experience in this approach. The event took place in Zoom and was streamed through the IUA Facebook page. The Zoom mode assembled 107 participants, and 144 visitors viewed the forum on Facebook. Overall, the event got 50,000 views.

Marc Ellingstad, Director of the Office of Democracy and Governance, USAID Regional Mission for Ukraine and Belarus, Gillian McCormack, Director of Internews and Chief of Party of USAID’s Media Program in Ukraine, and Kostiantyn Kvurt, Head of the Board at Internews Ukraine, addressed opening remarks.

The first session, “Networking and Recruitment Mechanisms – How Does Solutions Journalism Work Abroad?”, explained the specifics of this journalistic approach and key trends in international media outlets. The speakers were: Peter Yeung (USA), award-winning freelance journalist who worked for The Guardian, National Geographic, and BBC; Tena Perisin, journalist and media scholar (Croatia); and Jeremy Drucker, executive director and editor-in-chief at “Transitions” media outlet (Czech Republic).

During the second session, “Why does Solutions Journalism Matter? How Does the Approach Impact on both Audiences and Media Outlets?”, the speakers focused on the specifics of SJ in the Ukrainian context and discussed how SJ could help media outlets to find an equilibrium between financial independence and engaging a wide audience. The speakers were: Taras Shevchenko, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, Andrii Kulykov, chair of the Commission on Journalism Ethics, journalist and presenter, and Nina Kuryata, media consultant, media trainer, and former editor-in-chief at BBC Ukraine.

During the third session, “Ukrainian Experience of Solutions Journalism: Achievements and Challenges,” the participants shared their practices in content production and teaching Solutions Journalism. The speakers were: Tetiana Matychak, Ukrainian journalist, editor, media trainer; Anatolii Martsynovskii, journalist and media trainer; Anastasiia Rudenko, editor-in-chief, solutions-oriented online outlet “Rubryka”; Liudmyla Pankratova, executive director, Regional Press Development Institute, and Olha Virsta, coordinator, Regional Press Development Institute.

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