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The EJC Concludes Digital Media Course in Georgia and Announces 2013 EJC-GIPA-Friedman Prize Winner

2 July 2013 | PROJECT NEWS

 

From 24 - 28 June 2013, the EJC together with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and in cooperation with Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), implemented the first New World of Journalism in the Digital Age course in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The 5-day programme was aimed at mid-level editors or top-level managers who oversee departments of reporters and writers and other journalists, in a variety of platforms, from magazines/newspapers, broadcast or online. Workshops provided perspectives on the latest trends in digital journalism, including how to make data more visual; how the internet is changing investigative reporting; strategic use of mobile technology; challenges news media companies face amid changing roles in newsroom jobs and better ways to engage readers. Sessions spurred discussion on how to integrate digital journalists with those working in other platforms, building awareness of new digital tools and practices, and how editors can strategise to help their companies compete in the rapidly changing media world.

The sessions were led by Washington Post Digital Editor Anup Kaphle (left), and Irene Jay Liu, Data News Editor for Thomson Reuters Hong Kong Bureau (right).

The sessions were led by Washington Post Digital Editor Anup Kaphle (left), and Irene Jay Liu, Data News Editor for Thomson Reuters Hong Kong Bureau (right).

Irene Jay Liu, Data New Editor for Thomson Reuters Hong Kong Bureau leads the digital journalism workshop.

Irene Jay Liu, Data New Editor for Thomson Reuters Hong Kong Bureau leads the digital journalism workshop.

GIPA Workshop

At the end of the course the 2013 EJC-GIPA-Friedman prize winner was announced. The recipient this year was Nana Naskidashvili of Studio Monitor for her investigative reportage on the lack of access to fresh water in regional Georgia. Pulitzer Prize winner Josh Friedman talked about Nana’s work to the ceremony audience from his home in New York via Skype.

Nana Naskidashvili of Studio Monitor accepts the 2013 GIPA-Friedman Prize.

Nana Naskidashvili of Studio Monitor accepts the 2013 GIPA-Friedman Prize.

Pulitzer Prize winner Josh Friedman talks about Nana's work to the ceremony audience from his home in New York via Skype.

Pulitzer Prize winner Josh Friedman talks about Nana’s work to the ceremony audience from his home in New York via Skype.

The EJC/Columbia Journalism School cooperative program with GIPA ended on Friday evening in Tbilisi Georgia at a ceremony hosted by GIPA Dean Badri Koplatadze. Ten local journalists received a coveted certificate for their successful participation in the course “The New World Of Journalism in the Digital Age’, the first of its kind in the region in partnership with the Columbia Journalism School.


Gipa Ceremony

Everyone received a Certificate of Attendance after completing the course.

Everyone received a Certificate of Attendance after completing the course.

EJC Project Executive Josh LaPorte stops for a photo with EJC-GIPA-Friedman prize winner, Nana Naskidashvili of Studio Monitor.

EJC Project Executive Josh LaPorte stops for a photo with EJC-GIPA-Friedman prize winner, Nana Naskidashvili of Studio Monitor.

Georgian Channel 9 interviewed Dean Badri Koplatadze and GIPA-Friedman Prize winner Nana Naskidashvili during the ceremony. Watch the video below:


Project:
Georgia: Finances and Transparency - New Approaches for Georgian Journalism
Addressing a Georgian-specific problem, namely the absence of investigative coverage of economic corruption issues, the project's objective is to promote excellence in journalism by instituting a competition on the national level. Our work in Georgia also involves journalistic capacity building through training, developed in cooperation with local institutions and international organisations.

Project:
MFSII - Press Freedom 2.0
A five-year, international media development initiative, Press Freedom 2.0 aims to support democratic development by empowering civil society, citizens, and local media organisations through the implementation of local media projects. Conducted by a Dutch consortium, the Press Freedom initiative offers a range of trainings and activities specifically tailored to the needs of 11 selected countries.