"We gave a touch to the true journalism"

Natalia Romanenko

Perspektivy workshops participants visiting RBC TV studio, and meetings Reuters editors, and listen toe the guest lecture of Noah Sneider correspondent of the The Economist

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Natalia Romanenko from Kazakhstan feedback on workshops: 

When applying for Perspektivy program, I doubted that they would accept me. I had little experience in journalism and I had never worked in the newsroom. However, I was lucky to have been selected. I'm so grateful that I had a chance to participate in the workshop on "Reaching global media standards in reporting". 

The first session took place in wonderful St.Petersburg. We were briefed on the main principles of news texts writing that include accuracy, speed, and exclusive character as well as on what they are based on: work with the sources, preliminary preparation of the material, analysis. We received press-releases, met with the speakers, wrote news flashes, headlines, news reports, covered election campaigns and the elections. It was great that our trainer Anatoly Verbin  gave immediate feedback on the work of the participants discussing with us both the mistakes and successful choices.        

Moreover, during the first part of the workshop we met Artyom Galustyan, the author of multimedia project The Land of Exclusion, and the participants of Cross-Border Journalism program. We learned about the inner workings of multimedia stories, inspired by the Cross-Border Journalism activity. I would like to express special gratitude for what I call “Media fun” – an informal meeting with St.Petersburg journalists!

The second part of the workshop program took place a month later in Moscow. The main topic was “An Interview”. I work on TV, that is why interviews make the major part of my work. The training session allowed me to neatly organize all the knowledge on the interviews I had previously had. I have never divided interviews into different types, while it makes it much easier in the end. I’ve had a chance to apply my new skills and see that they make it easier for me. I've started to think faster during the shoot. I finally understand interview emotional types! One year ago, the editor was asking me to produce bright and emotional syncs, which was not easy for me. Now I finally understand that I’ve been suppressing emotions, while talking to the speakers.

Moscow session was full of meetings. We visited Reuters’s office and RBK studio to take a look at big journalism. We also met Ekaterina Yakusheva, VK manager on interaction with media, and Noah Sneider, journalist with the Economist. When I list of it now, I can hardly believe we have done so much!

I would like to express SPECIAL gratitude to Natalia Pisarenko for great organization of the event! I felt as if I was visiting my family. And even better, because all the necessary information had been prepared beforehand and sent to me by email. The instructions were very clear and detail. I’m a nerd and I appreciate it a lot! 😊

I can summarize all of it in the following way: Perspektivy program entirely corresponds to its name. It offers knowledge, new friends, and exchange of experience with mentors and fellow students. For me personally, it is a possibility to move forward and take up more interesting and important projects. It is also a possibility to continue the studies: take part in similar programs or start a Master’s track. I’m very happy that I was brave enough to apply and lucky enough to have been selected and have taken part in the program.