What we do

IDEM supports international development, scientific research and international understanding, specifically in the fields of media, promotion of democracy and cultural exchange.

Here are some examples of IDEM ongoing and completed projects:

2018

Data driven journalism training - Bishkek / Kyrgyz Republic

A group of select media professionals have completed a Training of Trainers (ToT) in data journalism jointly hosted by IDEM.Institute and Internews in Kyrgyzstan. They are expected to support IDEM as trainers for specialized data-driven journalism cascade training of regional journalists and to contribute in their respective media outlets with data visualization and storytelling through data. Looking forward to great data stories this year!

The project is implemented with support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the World Bank and USAID Kyrgyz Republic.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

2017

Economic reporting from the regions - Practical training for journalists from Southern Caucasus in Telavi / Georgia

Rural areas are often marginalized. This training provides 15 journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia with practical tips to expand their coverage in a relevant and compelling manner to the regions of their countries. They come into direct contact with micro-entrepreneurs in the Pankisi Valley, who do not back down despite the high unemployment in their region. The journalists train attractive and efficient reporting about people in focus of business and finance. Seminars are in Russian and English.

Project partners are the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in the Southern Caucasus and the Media and Communication Educational and Research Center (MCERC) Tbilişsi. This project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Protection of minorities and religious freedom in the media - Training for journalists from Southern Caucasus countries in Telavi / Georgia

Journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia train the practical tips during a research trip in a region of Georgia with predominantly Muslim population. In this way, they bring about cultural values and liberal ideas in relation to the consciousness of the population and their traditional characteristics. The seminar is held in Russian and English.

Project partners are the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in the Southern Caucasus and the Media and Communication Educational and Research Center (MCERC) Tbilişsi. This project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Conflicts in Media: Training for Journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in Telavi/Georgia

15 Journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia work on a concrete fieldwork and learn how to deal with contradictions in own values and principles during a research and yet continue to report in a neutral way. They practice on the ground the selection of a careful language, distant research and accurate and neutral reporting of facts, in order to manage conflicts and crises reporting professionally. Seminar is held in Russian and English.

Project partners are the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in the Southern Caucasus and the Media and Communication Educational and Research Center (MCERC) Tbilişsi. This project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Conflict Sensible Reporting and Protection of Journalistic Sources Media Training for Journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine in Kutaisi/Georgia

In this hands-on media training experienced journalists can improve their professional knowledge and skills in reporting on conflict situations, how to avoid and identify propaganda and fake news, information verification and the protection of sources, material and personal security. The training is conducted in Russian language.

The project is financed by Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and supported by Abkhazintercont (AIC) Georgia.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Political Campaigning, PR and Social Media for Members of NGO, Civic Society and Political Parties in Tbilisi/Georgia

In this project a group of 20 PR workers of political parties, NGOs and civic society organizations in Georgia could be trained in political campaigning. Based on the understanding of how political communication in liberal societies works participants could create their own political campaigns with the help of different online tools as one within a variety of communication instruments. Core of the training was to provide skills in how to get the political message across: How to win the voter`s , reader’s and listener’s heart by successful PR work.

The project is financed by Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Southern Caucasus.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

2016

Security correspondents for media in Kyrgyzstan

In this project, Kyrgyz journalists gain knowledge and skills that help them to enforce their right to freedom of expression and freedom of expression also in reporting on security issues. The project has been developed by IDEM at the request of the OSCE Center in Bishkek as a multi-year concept. This context-specific media training was aimed at Kyrgyz media workers who professionally report on terrorism, religious extremism and security measures. The minorities in Kyrgyzstan as well as the political situation of the neighboring countries in the Central Asia region are taken into account. The seminar was conducted in Kyrgyz and Russian.

The project was financed by the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation (BMZ) and the OSCE, and supported by the Kyrgyz OSCE Academy Bishkek.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Personal security in dangerous situations Security training for journalists in Kyrgyzstan

Based on the current dangers caused by the influence of extremist groups, a curriculum for the training of Kyrgyz journalists has been worked out in close cooperation with the OSCE Center in Bishkek to protect media workers in dangerous situations. Journalists from all over Kyrgyzstan were invited to the security training "Journalists' behavior in conflict and crisis situations". Special attention was paid to the participation of women and representatives of minority media. The seminar was conducted in Kyrgyz and Russian.

The project was financed by the Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and supported by the Kyrgyz OSCE Academy Bishkek.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Round Table Talks on Security Issues for Media Workers in Kyrgyzstan

Since 2016 round table talks have been held for chief editors and heads of Kyrgyz media under the patronage of IDEM in various places in Kyrgyzstan. During these regular follow-up rounds, the media builders exchange experiences and discuss solutions for reporting on extremism and terrorism in the region and around the world. These discussions will also lead to the informal networking of journalists who are researching topics such as corruption, religious extremism and terrorism. The round table talks are organized, moderated and documented by IDEM, and conducted in Kyrgyz and Russian.

The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation (BMZ) and the OSCE, and supported by the Kyrgyz OSCE Academy Bishkek.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Analysis of Media in Tajikistan and of Exile Media from Uzbekistan

IDEM's experts regularly hold talks with journalists from Tajikistan to analyze the need for security measures for media makers in the countries of the Central Asia region. This also applies to targeted discussions with exiled Uzbek journalists. The results of the needs analysis are evaluated and shared in English and Russian with the stakeholders.

The project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation (BMZ) and the OSCE, and supported by the Kyrgyz OSCE Academy Bishkek.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Mastering In-Depth Reporting on Business, Finance, and Economy Media training for young professionals in journalism from Southern Caucasus in Tbilisi/Georgia

The 15 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia learn how to report about economic, business and finance topics in a way that this is attractive, efficient and according to the role of a free and fair media. Besides theoretical lectures they get practical tasks related to inputs given by experts on economic issues.

The project is financed by Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Southern Caucasus and Tbilisi Media and Communication Educational and Research Center (MCERC).

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Cultural Values and Diversity Reporting Media training for young professionals in journalism from Southern Caucasus in Tbilisi/ Georgia

The 15 participants from the countries of the Southern Caucasus learn how to report about cultural (related to European values) topics in a way that this is attractive, efficient and according the role of a free and fair media. Besides theoretical lectures they get practical tasks related to inputs given by experts on cultural issues and diversity reporting. The training is conducted in Russian and English.

The project is financed by Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Southern Caucasus and Tbilisi Media and Communication Educational and Research Center (MCERC).

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Reporting on Conflict and Crisis Situations Media training for young professionals in journalism from Southern Caucasus

The 15 participants from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia learn how to report about conflict and crisis situation topics in a way that this is sensitive, efficient and according to the role of a free and fair media. Besides theoretical lectures they get practical tasks related to inputs given by experts on conflict and crisis situation issues. The training is conducted in Russian and English.

The project is financed by Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Southern Caucasus and Tbilisi Media and Communication Educational and Research Center (MCERC).

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Preparation of Professional Literature on Journalism and Media in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia Technical literature for training and education of journalists at universities, journalist schools and editorial offices

In order to meet the requirements of a modern training of journalists and the increasing demand for a serious, neutral and fair reporting based on journalistic standards, IDEM develops a series of journalistic literature in cooperation with the universities in Baku, Yerevan and Tbilisi. The professional textbooks are provided, amongst others, at faculties for journalism, communication and media sciences. With its focus on comprehensive practical training, future - and already practicing – media workers are to be tuned to specific situations in their professional life. The practical manuals contain exercises and solutions for teachers as well as the entire teaching material is also ideally suited for self-study.

The project is financed by Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Southern Caucasus and Tbilisi Media and Communication Educational and Research Center (MCERC).

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Conflict Reporting and Data Security Workshops for Journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine in Kutaisi/Georgia

IDEM offered a training for journalists with at least five years of professional experience to intensify their knowledge and skills in information verification, how to avoid propaganda, reporting on conflict, the protection of sources, material and personal security. The training was conducted in Russian language.

The project is financed by Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and supported by Abkhazintercont (AIC) Kutaisi/Georgia.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

2015

Tell us the truth - Citizen Journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Georgia in Dialogue Workshop in Tbilisi/Georgia

Accompanied by a mentor program, young people from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia learn to work with camera, cutting programs and get to know the basics of journalism. A professional journalist from the hometown of the participant will coach him as a personal mentor partner for the length of two months. Good contributions were published on a professional media platform. Along the way the participants get to know each other and communicate on equal terms in spite the many conflicts dividing the region. The training was conducted in Russian.

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The project is financed by Auswärtiges Amt der Bundesrepublik Deutschland and supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Southern Caucasus.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

2012

Study for Open Society Foundation

On request of Open Society Foundation IDEM assembled a list with public contact information of focus journalists and stakeholders on three specific topics for each European country, sorted by media outlet.

The project is financed by Open Society Foundation and supported by IDEM Network.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Diaspora in Dialogue - Caucasian Rapprochement Video workshop for young people in Armenia and Azerbaijan

Under the title „Your Story, My Story: Bridging the Void“ IDEM invited young people in Armenia and Azerbaijan to record some of their fellow citizens fates as refugees of the Nagorny Karabach conflict. A group in Azerbaijan and a group in Armenia had been trained on narrative interviews and video production with digicams and mobile phones. At a workshop in Georgia, the combined participants presented their work and identified a winner. The training was conducted in Russian language.

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The project is financed by Black Sea Trust and supported by IDEM Network.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org

Sing for Democracy – Eurovision in Azerbaijan Media Freedom, Human Rights and the European Song Contest

IDEM was the exclusive and official partner of “Sing for Democracy” (www.singfordemocracy.org). Together with the local human rights activists of Sing for Democracy, IDEM was the contact for European journalists and politicians concerning the human rights campaign around the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. IDEM offered background information, contacts and events details on citizen rights and media freedom. Together with Friedrich Ebert Foundation IDEM invited representatives from leading German and Austrian media to meet officials and opposition leaders in Baku.

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The project is financed by IDEM and Friedrich Naumann Foundation, and supported by Sing for Democracy.

For further information, please contact Dr. F. von Franqué, franque@idem-institute.org

2009

Empowering People Through Citizens'Journalism Community Radio for the Civil Society in Albania

With the title ‘Empowering People through Citizens’ Journalism’ IDEM and its partners have established with YOURadio Tirana and Elbasan a community (campus) radio and a web portal (www.yradio.org). They provide local civil society organizations, looking after vulnerable groups in society, direct access to the media.

The station is carrying a series of programs on activities of these organizations. Additionally, the project offered representatives of NGOs free participation in six courses in public communication. As a result, the community will be better informed of important social themes, which are not reported on in the mainstream media. The project has potential to be further developed to cover main urban centers and continue work with organizations outside Tirana. The training was conducted in Albanian language.

The project was financed by UNDEF, and supported by IROM and University of Tirana.

For further information, please contact Dr. Butmaloiu, butmaloiu@idem-institute.org