For me as a regional journalist participation in the workshop was a great opportunity to understand what I’m worth and if I should keep working in the profession.

Anna Romanenko, feedback

Уачстники семинара программы "Перспективы". Тбилиси 2016. Автор фото: Сергей Костычев.

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Anna Romanenko, Russia, Bryansk.

Participant of digital journalism workshop, Perspektivy programmme, Tbilisi 2016.

In November 2016 I was very lucky to take part in the workshop on journalism by Anatoly Verbin – the legend of Reuters Agency – as a part of Perspektivy program in Tbilisi. In fact, it was double luck.

What was happening to me in Tbilisi I can call a spark, storm, madness – something what Meduza SMM managers express as “AAAAAAAAA”.

First of all, the organizers sent us – a team of 14 journalists – to the wonderful city of Tbilisi that you fall in love with at first sight. Now that I’m watching the snowfalls alternating with rains and fogs behind the window, I wish I had asked for a climatic asylum in that country.    

Secondly, Verbin. This is a person who in five days will teach journalists those things that no School of Journalism ever can, I think. To write leads, headlines, take interviews, understand the importance of context, understand how to find and spin a topic in a most trivial piece of news, in which “nothing has happened”. You can learn all that by working in mass media for 30 years, or during those five days with Verbin. Moreover, the material presentation was so interesting and even dramatic at times (I’m still worried about the poor Arkadia), that there was no time to yawn despite the fact that I only slept 3 or 4 hours every night, which is unusual.

Thirdly, Natalia Pisarenko did her very best to create perfect conditions for work and life in Tbilisi and for the Perspektivy program in general. For me as a regional journalist from Bryansk (thanks to Perspektivy program about twenty people learned where it is located) participation in the workshop was a great and legitimate opportunity to broaden my mind, go beyond the ordinary, understand what I’m worth and if I should keep working in the profession.

Fourthly, my colleagues happened to be so different, so interesting, so cool and so professional.

Special thanks for our “busy evenings” when we had a chance to talk to journalists working in Georgia with the Russian language, visited the first channel of Georgian television, information agency, where “all-purpose soldiers” can do everything. It is well know that there’s nothing better than watching others work. The lecture on multimedia by Nino Japiashvili and on special networks and content promotion means by Konstantin Stalinsky were very impressive.     

All in all it was mind-blowing. Now I’m hoping to keep with me everything I absorbed at the workshop at Tbilisi and do my work well.