Strict global news standards in Siberia's regional media

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Alexey Panteleyev from Omsk on his participation in the workshop on Covering Regional Events According to Global Media Standards

 Against the backdrop of stagnating market and decreasing quality in the field, it was very interesting to learn about the situation of my colleagues from the CIS countries. Such experienced and strong media-coach as Anatoly Verbin “shook us up” during the workshop both in emotional and professional way. I will probably remember for a long time the first mistakes we made during the practical tasks when working with sources and verifying information.

In December, I was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Omsk Regional Information Agency. Now I apply higher standards to the news coverage by our journalists and they already consider me too demanding. Headlines and texts undergo merciless proofreading and correction forcing the journalists to make additional calls and collect more information.

Naturally, these rules are not new. However, recently local mass media have become complacent and narrow-minded and our official information agency is not an exception.             

Next year, I’m going to talk to the journalism students about journalist ethics and discuss the cases covered at the workshop.

As for developing professional interest and involvement, it is individual task of every journalist. Communication with colleagues both local and international helps a lot in this case. I hope we will stay in touch with the participants of the Perspektivy project. If I were to address new participants, I would suggest they listen carefully to all the information, make the most out of the workshops, and maintain international friendships.