Workshop » 18 June 2016 in Bulgaria
"Balkan Watchdogs: Cross border Environmental Reporting" Workshop in Bulgaria
The workshop’s aim was to support young and active journalists from Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia, who have an interest in the practice of watchdog journalism, telling stories of environmental dangers and exploring new sustainable solutions offered by the Green economy. This event is a part of the Journalists and Policy Makers Boost Green Economy project, organised by the Green European Foundation, with the support of the BlueLink Foundation (Bulgaria), the Association for Sustainable Social-Economic Development Sunrise (Macedonia) and Drugi Novi Centar Association (Serbia).
The training represents a great opportunity for the young journalists and professionals with an interest in the practice of watchdog journalism in the public interest. It provided the participants with important insights in the cross-border environmental issues in the Balkans and the Green policies as the alternative solutions. This experience served as a platform for knowledge exchange and a chance to enhance the professional skills of the participants. The training was implemented in English.
The workshop was facilitated by: Dr. Pavel Antonov, Chief Editor at the Evromegdan.bg virtual newsroom of the BlueLink foundation; Paul Brown, Editor, Climate News Network; Zlatko Simonovski, researcher and journalist and Beatrice White, Deputy Editor at Green European Journal.
Purpose of the Workshop
With rule of law and democratic mechanisms failing to protect nature and public interest, ethical professional watchdog journalism is essential for raising awareness and promoting Green policy solutions in South Eastern European societies. Success stories of environmental and social change, environmental justice and Green policies advanced by new politicians, policy-makers and activists fail to effectively reach – and inspire – the general public.
Therefore, the workshop aims to:
- Build on the professional skills and integrity of young and active journalists;
- Engage them creatively and professionally in a virtual newsroom to facilitate authoritative and well-written creative feature articles of environmental change;
- Guide them while they publish and popularise journalistic articles (in text and image) in English and their native languages;
- Allow new policy-makers, Green politicians, academic and civil society experts to foster journalists’ understanding of available success cases, technological and policy solutions.