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Invitation to attend journalism training, Lithuania, 10-13 October 2013

Will you stand for the highest standards in Journalism? If you believe that there is no place for racism, xenophobia or hatred in the media, take part in a training programme for journalists in Lithuania, as a part of an international project ”Address of Human Rights – Journalism“. The deadline to apply is end of 1 November 2013.

Well established human rights and journalism experts will join you and your colleagues from five different European Union countries in search of effective means of tackling hate speech. The unique blend of teaching methods and experience of experts will enable you to successfully apply the newly acquired knowledge and insights gained during the training in your day-to-day work practices.

In addition, the training itself is just the beginning. Following the course you will be invited to participate in a journalistic campaign. During the investigation process you will work in collaboration with well-known journalists and experts related to your chosen topic from at least seven European Union countries.

If you:

  • are regularly working as a journalist;
  • want to exchange experience and acquire new knowledge;
  • interested in the right of socially vulnerable groups to be free from discrimination;
  • can easily communicate and express yourself in English.

Then you are eligible to apply for the training course which will take place in Lithuania on the following dates: 10 – 13 October 2013.

About the programme:

The aim of this training programme is to enable journalists to recognize hate provocation and stereotypes, and to learn how to adequately react to them. The training programme is based on a methodology that allows clear identification of barriers, encourages one to work on essential skills and transfer knowledge into action.

The course will enjoy contributions from the internal and external experts in the field of Human Rights, Journalism and Research Centers. There will also be simulation exercises on the issues of ethnic minorities and migrants.

A journalistic campaign will be launched following the training programme, and participants will be able to implement the skills and knowledge acquired through the training in the real investigations of the campaign. You will receive follow-up support from the organizers and training experts, including the highly experienced team of journalism specialists from the Baltic Investigative Journalism Centre and Re: Baltica (a non-profit organization that produces investigative journalism in the public interest). Your work will be published on an international web-based platform for journalists, experts and socially vulnerable groups.



Joy Francis

She is Managing Director of The Creative Collective Media and Executive Director of Words of Colour Productions. A politics graduate and accredited journalist since 1992, Joy has worked for b2b publications and the ethnic and national press and regional radio, and as a social commentator on national radio and television, including the Local Government Chronicle, Pride magazine, Community Care, The Voice, The Guardian, BBC Radio London 94.9FM, BBC Radio 5 Live, ITV, Channel 4 online, Sky News and BBC1′s Watchdog. In 2000 she was a finalist in the Commission for Racial Equality Race in the Media Awards (specialist category) and in 2001 she developed and launched the UK’s first national newspaper internship programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic journalism students with  media partners such as the Financial Times, The Times, Manchester Evening News and The Big Issue. In 2009 the initiative was recognized as a top 30 Europe-wide media diversity programme by the European Commission. Joy has been a diversity adviser on race equality to the BBC on its current affairs coverage and community engagement, and has worked as a strategic consultant with government departments, NGOs, charities and universities on inclusive media and diversity, including Transport for London, the British Council (Southern Africa and Europe), the Runnymede Trust and Queen Mary, University of London. She has been a trainer for over 10 years in reporting diversity in countries such as Hungary, Albania, Romania, Brussels, Slovenia and the Czech Republic and for organisations such as Article 19 and the European Network Against Racism. The former visiting lecturer in journalism at the London College of Communication worked with the Media Diversity Institute to develop a new MA in Diversity and the Media which was launched in partnership with the University of Westminster in 2011. Joy is the module leader on ‘Reporting Migration, Race, and Ethnicity’. Joy is also co-founder of Digital Women UK , which will be launched in London in City Hall on Wednesday 25 September 2013. This new initiative will facilitate women creative practitioners, particularly from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds, to develop their work and reach diverse audiences through digital platforms.

Nicholas Nugent

nikolasTrainer and Consultant specializing in Reporting Conflict and Reflecting Diversity. Using experience gained from Northern Ireland and elsewhere, he has trained and worked as a consultant in in regions emerging from conflict and regions of ethnic and religious diversity, including Afghanistan, Somalia, the Balkans, the Caucasus and Indonesia. He has also worked in autonomous republics of the Former Soviet Union and over the last two years in the Arab world and in India for clients including BBC Media Action, Media Diversity Institute, IREX, OSCE, European Union and UNDP. He was previously on the staff of the BBC specializing in reporting Asia – and subsequently managing the BBC’s network of correspondents around the world.


The “Media 4 Change“ movement was initiated by the National Institute for Social Integration.  The Institute has been implementing the Young journalists’ development programme since 2009. The organization brings together experts from Journalism, Human Rights and numerous other fields to work on mutual projects. The investigations carried out by young journalists are published widely across different media channels in Europe. You can review the programme portfolio here.

Project Partners:

  • Arci Catania (Italy).
  • The Baltic Centre for Investigative Journalism Re:Baltica (Latvia)
  • Media Diversity Institute (UK).
  • TDM International (Italy).
  • International Initiatives for Cooperation (Bulgaria).
  • Foundation Center for Economic Development (Bulgaria).
  • International Development Alliance. IDA (Bulgaria).
  • Concordia International Group (Spain).


Name: Journalist training programme

Dates: 10 – 13 October 2013 (arrival on 9 October, departure on 14 October)

Place: Lithuania, http://www.tonyresort.lt/en (Anupriškių k. 2, Trakai district).

Number of Participants: 30

Costs: Free

Application procedure:

To apply please complete the application form by the end of 18 September 2013.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by email: office@iicbg.org

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