August 30, 2019
We started the day with a conversation with Marina Vashakmadze, the former head of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty in Georgia, about gender-sensitive reporting in the South Caucasus. What must we keep in mind when reporting on issues of gender equality, domestic violence, and discrimination in the region and beyond? How can we make sure that our reporting on the topic is persuasive and empathetic?
Following this, we met up with Sopo Datishvili, a journalist working for RFE/RL’s Georgian service. She showed us a wide range of multimedia tools that can help us bolster our reporting and reach new audiences. We also ended up discussing the role that social media plays in the contemporary information ecosystem.
For our final meeting of the study trip (and this round of the JCN programme!), we held a session with Anina Tepnadze, which looked at online media monetisation. We ran a practical exercise in which we designed online business models!