Укр.   Рус.

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.

Key 12 projects in 10 years


1.Conferences of the “Novomedia” Association (starting 2013 known as Christian Media Weekend). This annual event takes place in various regions of the country. The meetings gather religious journalists as well as representatives of church press services. The event includes team-building, communication, recreation, prayers for mass media, strategic planning for the following year.

2.International Forum “Novomedia”. This is the largest-scale project of the “Novomedia” Association. The first Forum took place in 2011 and later became an annual event. The Forum is one of the biggest journalist conferences in Ukraine. It attracts hundreds of delegates; over 50 speakers address the audience in multiple concurrent presentations. The event’s aim is to become a platform with the highest concentration of top media specialists for networking and peer learning. The Forum includes seminars, discussions, exhibitions, video competitions, and many other formats of interaction. The Forum’s motto is “New media and eternal values”

3.Novomedia Awards. “Novomedia” regularly monitors the coverage of eternal values in mass media. During the Novomedia Awards ceremony, the Association recognizes journalists or even entire editorial boards, who demonstrate high professional competence in their coverage of the issues of faith, church, and Christian values. During the grand ceremony, the winners receive a special statuette. Yulia Solokha coordinates this project.

4.“Christianity Online”. This is a special direction towards development of the online segment. It resulted in 6 large conferences as well as monthly educational meetings of the “Christianity Online” club over the course of several years. Denis Semeniuk, Member of the “Novomedia” Board coordinates the Internet department.

5.Website competitions. Throughout its existence, the “Novomedia” Association has held 4 competitions of Christian websites. Around 200 online resources participated in each of these competitions. The winners received assistance and development support. Award categories included Libraries; Bible and learning; Business and organizations; Catalogs and portals; Personal; Education and Science; Communication and entertainment; Devotion; Art; Christian media; Chuches.

6.Intensive education courses

“Newspapers and Magazines from A to Z”. A four-day education program with two theory days and two practice days. During the course of the program, participants go through the full process of preparing two different newspaper issues for publication. The students take on the roles of journalist, editor, proofreader, typesetter and designer.

“TV School”. Experienced television professionals from national TV channels hold these education and training sessions. The participants spend two days in lectures and two days in real production of TV news including location shooting, story writing, assembly and production of a newscast.

“IT School”. The first lesson in the school took place on March 17, 2012. Throughout 32 lessons, around 20 students worked together in a friendly environment to create and administer websites and learn about existing online technologies in the process. A new session of the School launched in September 2012.

“Radiocourse”. This intensive training was held in April 2011. During the course of the program, its participants created 4 radio programs. The course was a joint project between journalist Association “Novomedia” and “Radio Maria” in Ukraine. 

“PR for churches and religious organizations”. This education program is administered in Kyiv by the central “Novomedia” office as well as in the regions at the invitation of local churches. A 10-DVD set on this topic has been published. The course covers these topics: work of the church news department, anti-crisis PR, internal and external PR, working with mass media, marketing strategies, and operation of the press-service.

7.International partner projects 

Roundtable “Religious topics in secular media” was initiated by the Oxford Center for Religion and Public Life. The “Novomedia” team organized the even in Ukraine. Representatives of leading Ukrainian media outlets participated in the event, which was the first effort to organize discussion in this format in Ukraine. Special guests included Terry Mattingly (USA) and Arne Fjeldstad (Norway). Around 30 secular journalists participated in the discussion. 

European conference

On September 27-29, 2012 around 30 media professionals from 20 countries around the world participated in the European journalist conference, which took place in Kyiv and was organized by The Media Project. The principal participants included professional journalists with international credentials and vast experience working in the media. “Novomedia” acted as the host of the event.

8.“New Journalist” School 

In 2011, the Association opened the “New Journalist” School, a two-month education course with over 15 instructors and 30 subjects. The course contains many practical assignments; meetings take place Saturdays. Students who pass the final test and complete all assignments receive a certificate. Zoya Nikityuk is the Dean of the School.

9.“New Journalist” book (study guide). The “Novomedia” Association supports a systemic approach to professional education. This is why we published our own study guide – the “New Journalist” book. 9 authors, 18 chapters, 5 reviewers. The book is being successfully distributed in specialized education establishments around Ukraine and is popular among both students and teachers of journalism.

10.University visits. The Association has organized events for students at 25 different universities. During its tour around Ukrainian universities, representatives of “Novomedia” hold lectures and workshops on journalism. They also present special education courses, including “Coverage of religious topics in secular media”, “Online journalism” and others.

11.“Medialand” is a campaign promoting useful and safe content for children in the media. To achieve this goal, “Novomedia” organizes conferences for creators of the appropriate content, holds competitions and festivals for children. We pay a special attention to educating parents and children about safe use of the Internet. “Novomedia” experts participate as instructors at the biggest congress of young journalists. Starting with 2014, we are holding a Festival of Children’s Animation. Tatyana Pinchuk, Member of the “Novomedia” Board coordinates this project.

12.Video contests. As part of International Forum “Novomedia”, we have been holding competitions of videos on social topics: 2011 – “Love is…”; 2012 – “Value Life”; 2013 – “Attention! Children!”