GIP organized a training in Tbilisi for journalists, editors and NGO representatives

On February 25-26, 2019 the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) organized a 2-day training in Tbilisi for journalists, editors and NGO representatives, working in the eastern part of Georgia, who are interested in EU-Georgia relations. Training is a part of the GIP project “Experience-Sharing of V4 Countries to Promote Media Professionalism in reporting Georgia’s European integration” funded by International Visegrad Foundation.

The training aimed to promote more informed media reporting on the EU and had two main directions: firstly, to raise awareness regarding issues and policies related to the European integration. Particularly the training program aimed to increase knowledge on implementation of Association Agreement (AA) and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between Georgia and European Union. Secondly, the goal of the training was to advance the capabilities of the journalists to search for information, investigate the case, and make editorial decisions to develop a compelling story on the EU.

Training consisted of 6 separate modules, including the topics such as EU-Georgian relationsanti-European propagandaEU institutions as well as the interactive workshops for the journalists.  GIP Director, Tbilisi State University Professor Kornely Kakachia and Vano Chkhikvadze, EU Integration Program Manager at the Open Society Georgia Foundation, discussed “Challenges and perspectives of EU-Georgia relations” and “Visa Liberalization for Georgia”; Another speaker was GIP Project Officer and PhD holder in Business Administration – Natia Daghelashvili, who is a specialist on DCFTA matters; GIP affiliated analyst and media researcher – Ekaterine Basilaia led more practical part of the training,  “Anti-EU propaganda and fake news: how to recognize and respond, Practical tools and solutions to journalists” was conducted by Tamaz Kupreishvili (News Editor, Netgazeti), and a representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)Ana Kakushadze and Mariam Tokmazishvili – discussed the  migration-emigration policy between Georgia and the EU.

After completing the training, participants have an opportunity to take part in the monitoring group activities and delve deeper in EU-related issues together with experienced mentors from Visegrad countries.

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