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IWPR Kyrgyzstan conducted training on analytical radio journalism for reporters in Kyrgyzstan

Representative Office of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Kyrgyzstan organized a training seminar on “Production of analytical radio toolkit” for journalists in Bishkek and regional media.

This training was held in the framework of the project “Creating a Culture of Investigative Journalism for Furthering Democratic Reform – Linking Human Rights Organisations, Government Officials and the Media to Promote Change”, funded by the European Union and the Government of Norway.

During two days, the participants learned about various formats of radio materials used in news and analytical journalism, about the importance of trainingradio3enhanced and socially-oriented reports in the local radio, the basics of radio editing and other technical aspects, as well as about the standards and principles of operation used by journalists of IWPR Radio.

The radio reporters applied this knowledge in practice, where they worked on the preparation of analytical stories and, at the same time, mastered and improved new methods of editing and other technical aspects. At the end of the day, the participants and trainers discussed the materials prepared, and relevant recommendations were given to the authors.

The most successful participants of the training seminar were invited to collaborate with IWPR Radio (https://cabar.asia/kyrgyzstan).

“During the training, I learned various formats of radio reports, which, as it turned out, could be used in my work. I would also like to emphasize the practical orientation of this training. It is important for the new information, styles and standards, taught by the IWPR, to be practically applied,” shared her opinion Altynay Baltabaeva, a journalist of PRTRC “Yntymak” from Osh.

Trainers of the seminar “Production of analytical radio toolkit IWPR» were experienced trainers and well-known journalists with extensive experience trainingradio1in radio journalism – Meerim Asanaly, the editor of the IWPR radio project, and Kaarmanbek Kuluev, a media expert who has previous work experience in the RFE/RL, IWPR and PTRC.

“It is very important that the citizens of our country have access to quality and rich information products, where radio is having a leading position. So far, the majority of radio stations in Kyrgyzstan have focused only on the production of short news editions and large talk shows, – said Meerim Asanaly, the editor of the IWPR radio project, – Few people are working on the production of in-depth stories, where the listener could receive objective and comprehensive information on various problems and be satisfied with the quality of information. This is exactly what the IWPR radio is trying to deal with, and we want as many local reporters as possible to master these formats and use in their work”.

Participants of the training were experienced reporters, already working on various radio stations, TV channels and online media in Osh, Batken, Issyk-Kul, Naryn, Talas and Chui oblasts, as well as in Bishkek.

This training was held in the office of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in Bishkek on February 21-22, 2015.

In order to stay informed of future IWPR activities, see www.cabar.asia on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/IWPR-Kyrgyzstan/273161242879600?ref=hl) and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/iwprkg).

About the organization: The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) is a British non-profit media organization, covering the situation and supporting local media in crisis regions around the world. In Kyrgyzstan, the IWPR has been working since 1999.

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