The Eastern Partnership region has been affected during the last 20 years by political and economic instability. The population of these countries has been subjected to social insecurity, radical changes of paradigms, and social status.
There is no state censorship in Ukraine and the country has a pluralistic media landscape. Consequently, Ukraine moved up 22 places in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index and now ranks 107 out of 180 countries. At the same time, Ukrainian journalism is going through a difficult post-revolutionary phase in which its own rôle in society needs to be redefined.
Fojo intends to reinforce existing networks in Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries through connecting them with national professional networks. Individual media organisations will stand stronger in their efforts to advocate for free, independent, professional media. Additionally, the networks will be essential to further develop essential skills in management, technical and journalistic performance.
Assistance to improve media management and business models is closely connected to the digital solutions on offer. These solutions will be tailored to the needs of each selected media house. Fojo’s work in this region will be focused on improving journalism quality and reducing costs.
Challenges for independent news media houses are both profound and global and thus valid for all countries targeted in the Fojo programme. There is a deeply felt need to exchange experiences and engage in broad discussions on how independent media can overcome these challenges and we are hoping to offer forums and places for these kinds of exchanges between media professionals.
Journalism Education for Democracy in the Ukraine: Developing Standards, Integrity and Professionalism (DESTIN)
This project aims to improve and develop Ukrainian journalism education, by reviewing and reforming current BA and MA programmes by raising the quality to EU standards, improving students’ employability and international mobility, and promoting wider media literacy. The project is coordinated by Bath Spa University, in partnership with the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Institute of Journalism. Fojo as a part of Linneaus University are one of the partners in this project.
This project brings together 20 European institutions, including 10 Ukrainian universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations in the Ukraine, as well as universities and non-governmental organisations from United Kingdom, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden.
DESTIN is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union – Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education.
To read more about the project, please visit https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/projects/destin/