Granitsa: CIS Cross-Border Training
MiCT is now implementing a cross-border capacity-building project called “Granitsa”, which may be translated from Russian as “borderlines”. It involves journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. The purpose is three-fold:

• Qualification and training for participating journalists from all project countries
• The facilitation of sustainable networks between participants and their respective media outlets in the region of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
• The provision of well-researched, critical, quality journalism on current political topics for readers throughout the CIS region

One workshop has already been held on election reporting in Minsk, immediately ahead of the Presidential elections in Belarus in October 2015. Another one on ‘frozen conflicts’ of the region is going to take place in December.

Around 30 journalists will each produce one long-format report on topics to be jointly developed during workshops. An editorial team based in Berlin and Prague will assist with production and publication of the pieces. Reports will be originally published in Russian and offered for syndication. “Granitsa” runs until December 31, 2015, and is realized with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office.