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Artyom, Kazakstan: “I have acquired more information than I could ever imagine”

My feedback will be analytical and I will be making comparisons with other spheres and forms.


Artyom MARUSICH, Kostanai – reporter of Nasha Gazeta outlet  (http://www.ng.kz/ )

Specialises in publication of materials related to computer games and tournaments in the relevant industry.


I don’t have a degree in journalism, and my experience in traditional media is minimal. The School of Analytic Journalism of CABAR.asia is the first place where I have been taught to journalism.

It was the first time when I visited this kind of event, so I cannot write a comparison-based feedback. The impression feedback would look naïve or even factitious for people who always visit various meetings of journalists. My feedback will be analytical and I will be making comparisons with other spheres and forms.

For more details about the School of Analytic Journalism of CABAR.asia please see press release.

New contacts

When I arrived at the place I learned that my roommate already knew the content manager of my outlet, Nasha Gazeta, in Kostanai, in the north of Kazakstan (http://www.ng.kz/). They had already met each other at similar courses for media workers. A few hours later, on the first academic day, I found out that one of our lecturers also knew some people from our editorial staff because they met at one of the meetings organised for media workers.

The sample is small yet it makes me think. What are the chances that you meet a journalist from another country on a usual working day provided that you don’t organise such events and don’t act as a speaker there? Will you have time to talk to your colleague or will you discuss a certain issue concerning your current or possibly joint work?

 

During the training, I have made over fifty new contacts in social media – they are all related to journalism anyway. The last time I made so many contacts was when I organised computer game tournaments.

From these observations I came to a conclusion that the sphere of our work is not important: it can be either the computer game industry or journalism. To meet a lot of people, these people should be first gathered in one place in any project. This is what the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) did at the School of Analytic Journalism of CABAR.asia.

Sharing experience

Local limitations are city, oblast, country or region. Almost all students and instructors of the school were obviously linked to certain locations. The majority of media indicate their origin if not in their name, but in their description: CABAR.asia. Rise Moldova, Kostanai oblast weekly, Analytical outlet about modern Uzbekistan, News of Kyrgyzstan, etc.

The articles of oblast media sometimes refer to republican topics. Articles about the issues in one state write about concerned persons from other states. Those who write about the whole region mention its cooperation with the rest of the world. The main scope of work of a journalist is limited to the concerns of the editorial board.

As part of the 10-day school, journalists from Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have communicated with each other, shared experiences, talked about the issues in their region, and also studied. Medicine, education, corruption, ecology, culture, politics, industry, energy sector and other topics have been discussed in our spare time.

[su_quote]Thus, students have had a unique opportunity (which is often unavailable to them in their daily lives) to learn more about their region, in this case about several countries of Central Asia and to make arrangements for further cooperation regarding the points of interest.[/su_quote]

Acquiring of knowledge

It would be silly to write about the knowledge I have acquired because most of information has been new to me. It makes sense to compare the newly acquired knowledge with the publicly available information. Since our trainers are active journalists, we have learned latest methods of work in such international investigations as the Panama Papers, Laundromat, etc.

Even if we imagine a situation when a journalist acquires information about all existing methods and practices during study at a university, some individuals with their original approaches and even new media could emerge just within a few years. What graduates could explore the methods of work of the RISE Moldova editorial board? In which year people could share information they acquired in Meduza?

How many years ago could we discuss and compare data transmission security systems via such messengers and Telegram and Signal? At the visualisation session, we have been shown tools that were announced just in 2016. The practical experience of our lecturers is not only relevant, but also unique.

Summary

[su_pullquote]After all, I have acquired much more information than I could ever imagine.[/su_pullquote] The School of Analytic Journalism of CABAR.asia in Bishkek has turned into a large-scale and relevant event. I am happy about taking part in it. After all, I have acquired much more information than I could ever imagine. Lectures about fact-checking, promotion of articles, data visualisation have been totally new to me.

Our excursion to the Public TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation of Kyrgyzstan (OTRK) has opened a whole new world to me as an employee of print media. Handheld camcorders, studio cameras and drones… Large studios, operating rooms and mobile TV stations. People in charge of sound, lighting, video. If necessary, a special person controls the diaphragm.

The work of trainers is worth mentioning. They have never refused to communicate with us outside the lecture room and answered our inconvenient questions.

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