As part of the мedia project implemented within the framework of «MIBMA» project, the training for journalists «Migration in Journalism: Advanced Reporting Skills» was organized in Garni on 29 September 2017. The training was delivered by two winners of Migration Media Award in print and video categories, Mr Daniel Trilling and Ms Anna Domanska, as well as Public Information Officer of UNHCR Armenia Ms Anahit Hayrapetyan, who shared their experience in presenting migration stories and discussed best practices.
The aim was to encourage participants to reflect on what kind of stories can be told about migration, how the way they are told affects the way they are received by the audiences – and how that, in turn, has a political and social impact on the wider community. This included a focus on language and terminology, the difference between "positive" and "negative" stories, and what reporting skills might lead to the best work.
The participants discussed how to use statistical information to build up a picture of how situtation changes over time and how journalism can encourage negative stereotypes – particular of vulnerable people like refugees, or ethnic and religious minorities. The idea was presented that context played a vital role in making the particular story positive or negative: use of accurate statistics, careful and precise terminology, the way a piece is framed by its editors. Special attention was drawn on considering both physical safety and mental health when reporting from dangerous places.
The journalists talked about different media environments in Armenia and the EU and argued how that affected the work journalists. Screening of videos were demonstrated which led to discussion over cultural peculiarities, stereotypes, attitude towards featured people and social exclusion of refugees and migrants.
The training was opened by Mr Christoph Bierwirth, Representative of UNHCR in Armenia. It was attended by the journalists from various media outlets, relevant representatives from state agencies and NGOs.