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The Journalists Association “Novomedia” 

"The transformation of media returns the transformation of nation"


The Novomedia Association is the all-Ukrainian non-governmental journalistic organization. It was founded in 2004 on the initiative of journalist Ruslan Kukharchuk. The Association unites Christian journalists and other creative stuff of different media in two common ways: spiritual unity and professional interests.

For today, Novomedia  Association  includes about 200 members from secular and Christian media and has representatives in the majority of regions of Ukraine. There are also members of the community in Russian Federation, USA and Canada.

Novomedia Association presented school called “New Journalist"


For over two months, several dozen students enrolled in the school called “New Journalist" from the Novomedia Association. Among youths, seniors, beginners and general practitioners, there were everybody who wishes to improve their journalistic skills.

Training in the school lasts three months, classes are being held twice a week. The purpose of the School is in the short term, to provide the necessary knowledge and practically teach those who wish to learn this profession.  The program chosen for school special, so that a new journalist receives an overall picture how to work in the printed and Web Media, TV or Radio Broadcasting. 

From the very first lesson, students already got to know how the Media works – they were getting know people around them trough small interview with each other.  During the lesson the president of Novomedia Association taught the students about the concept of "journalism" and "media edition", they got know more about the elements of the communicative process, and reviewed the history of journalism in Ukraine and abroad. The teacher also emphasized that journalism it is special craft, and then it is a creative activity. 

The first lessons from the school were devoted to the subject of increasing literacy in Ukrainian and Russian languages. Training was accompanied by many examples of associations and rhymed texts, allowing students to understand and remember the basic rules of spelling and pronunciation. 

Mini Ukrainian language course offered students to recognize and identify all extra and the wrong words in the text. The most important was to learn how to avoid similar in form and different in meaning words in the essays. Students read their essays out loud during the class and vote for the best ones. Every teacher before leaving the class, gave a lot of recommendations for further study and, of course, practical homework.

Learned more about language, students switched to study about journalism genres. About information structure of news students have learned from Ruslana Kukharchuk. Also they collectively edited on of the bad written news and got to write their own.

Students learned about essay genre with Lesya Shelest. Students learned about the concept and structure of the essay, and also about concrete illustrations of different types of this genre, from the dynamic lectures with practical examples and personal experience of teacher. The homework was to write its own story. Unfortunately, only few people coped with this task on time, and, as shown by analysis of the works, this  genre was one of the hardest in journalism. "Practice!" - it was one of  Lesya’s suggestion for students.   

Students were able to learn about the rules of the interview from Masha Pronin. Students had chance to notice what they should have before meeting, how to call and invite people for the interview, how to not be annoying, and at the same time not lose the opportunity to take an interview. At the end of the class group was divided into several subgroups, which had to determine approximate questions and select the hero for the interview. Homework was to create short questions on current topics, chosen by the students themselves.

Lesya Shelest and Ruslan Kukharchuk taught how to write a story and convey the atmosphere of the event. In addition, on specific examples students learned about the report, and how that genre is different from the interviews, essays and news. 

Ruslan Kuharchuk also thought about the analytical genre of journalism. Specifically they talked about the following aspects of the genre, as its structure and literacy. Students with the help of teacher also elaborate the structure of analytical writing; they also used a practical example. Since then every future journalists should determine the subject deeply and be able to write and an analytical paper as homework.

Two weeks remains by the end of the course. During the time in school participants will learn the basics about photos, television and radio journalism. They would be also able to learn about job creation and edition of the newspaper and television channel, and there is always radio station visit. After completing the school students receive the appropriate certificate of the course.

Reminder! October 4th the School called "New Journalist" started to train in specialized subjects for media workers.

Anna Ostapets, press association Novomedia