BIRN Macedonia Trainees Complete “Success Stories” Workshop

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young journalists from print and broadcast media in Macedonia attended a workshop
organised by the Office of Public Affairs of the US Embassy and BIRN Macedonia,
aimed at encouraging media to include more features and positive stories in
their output.

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one-week training session, held the week beginning November 20, included
lectures, held by Professor Silcock and BIRN Director for Macedonia, Ana
Petruseva, and practical work.

As a
result of the training, the journalists produced three television and five
print stories, which were presented at the end of the workshop. They ranged
from a story on a civic initiative providing a playground for the young in Skopje, a man who lost
his job and went on to become a successful farmer, to a famous acting family
which takes care of stray dogs.

of the stories have already been published while others will be published in
the next week in the media where the journalists work: the dailies Dnevnik,
Vest and Vreme; A1 TV, Channel 5 TV and ALSAT-M TV; the state news agency MIA;
the economic web portal Total; and the weekly Capital. The stories will also be
published on the BIRN Macedonia home page.

the end of the workshop, the US Embassy in Skopje awarded a Certificate of Completion to
each of the trainees.