Initiation of the training – How to Write for CULTURE WATCH Online Magazine

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The training “How to Write for Culture Watch Online Magazine” began today in Pristina. Thirteen journalists from the region are participating in the event, part of the Balkan Initiative for Cultural Cooperation, Exchange, and Development. Their active involvement will help establish a positive environment for policy makers in-country and abroad to create policies that speed up the region’s European-oriented transition.

The training will continue tomorrow, while on the last day- March 19, 2011- the conference “Culture in the media” will be held.

The Balkan Culture Watch Strengthening Project, BCWSP, funded by European Cultural Foundation, is a “build-on” project that complements the existing 3-year BICCED programme (funded by the SCP). The project brings together different shareholders (editors, trained journalists and other cultural associates) in order to better connect regional cultural institutions and journalists, highlighting activities and main issues through analysis and disseminating the information on the regional level through local media outlets and internationally via Web sites.

This project aims to involve government officials and policy makers and work to improve the situation in the region by strengthening cultural life and cross-cultural cooperation as an important element of a participatory, open, and dynamic civil society.