Events / 2002

December 2002:

02.12: Round Table:
"Armenian Media in Elections"
CMI, Yerevan, Armenia
Program available on-line. 
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November 2002:

15-17: CARNference:
Borders, Social Spaces and Identities in Central Asia"

Third and annual conference.
Cologne, Germany.

Program available on-line
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October 2002:

25-26: Regional Conference: 
"Economic Integration of the Central Asian Countries: Chances and Obstacles"
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Programme. Document attached.

Occasional Paper 1: The Historical Development and Current Situation of the Mass Media in Kyrgyzstan, from Svetlana V. Kulikova & Gulnara Ibraeva. read more
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Septembre 2002:

3-6: Conference organized jointly by CMI and "Utopiana: 
Culture in Globalization"
Geneva, Switzerland

Papers presented:

New World Order, or the United States Empire
Mr. Gilbert Achcar, political scientist, University of Paris-VIII, France
A response by: 
Ashot Manucharian
, political activist and thinker, Yerevan

The French Antilles; From Diaspora to the Rise of One People
Mr. Philip Chanson, theologian and anthropologist, Geneva, Switzerland
A response  by: 
Hrach Bayadian,
Yerevan State University.

Mr. Samuel Herzog, presented Santa Limusa, a post-modern Utopia, journalist and art critic at the Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Basel, Switzerland
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August  2002:

23-29: CMI Workshop 7: 
For photojournalists from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

Ingushetia, Northern Caucasus

Goals of the Workshop:
The aim of the workshop was to prepare photojournalists for cooperation within the framework of a regional project called “Photo Information Support of Mass Media in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia”. The project aims to establish the practice of photo information sharing between the countries of the South Caucasus and to provide local media with photo information.

The following photojournalists were invited to take part in the workshop:
  1. Yulia Rusyaeva, Azerbaijan
  2. Rafail Shakirov, Azerbaijan
  3. Chinghiz Samed-Zadeh, Azerbaijan
  4. Beso Gulashvili, Georgia
  5. Vahram Mkhitaryan, Armenia
  6. Albert Bebelyan, Armenia
  7. German Avakyan, Armenia

Two experts conducted the workshop: Ruben Mangasaryan from Armenia and Igor Gavrilov from Russia.

  • August 23: participants’ arrival and accommodation at “Jeirakh” health resort, Ingushetia
  • August 24: getting acquainted. Modern photojournalism, special features of magazine photography, creating and shooting photo stories. Igor Gavrilov.
  • August 25: “Photo Information Support of Mass Media in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia”. The project, its goals, the cooperation opportunities that it opens to photojournalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Ruben Mangasaryan.
  • August 26: Photo projects. Conception, finding financial support, implementation. German Avakyan.
  • August 27: choosing topics for photos and photo stories for the Photo Information project.
  • August 28: evaluation.
  • August 29: departure.
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July 2002

19-20: CMI Workshop 6:
“Network Media. Theory and Practice.”

Yerevan, Armenia.

This workshop initially was planned to be organized in cooperation with the European Journalism Centre. However, the director of EJC changed, and the new head could not find time and help us in finding a trainer.

So, CMI found a trainer in Moscow, Pavel Sukhov, who is the project head and consultant in several on-line media projects in Moscow.

Goals of this workshop:
Discussion of the following topics:
  • Internet as a media
  • The audience of the Internet
  • Network media-resources and on-line advertising.
  • Design and technical support of an Internet project
  • Managing a website project
  • Who is who in runet (Russian Internet)
The difference between the previous workshop and this one is that the latter presumes a more practical approach, oriented on runet, which is well-known for the Armenian users. This workshop was seen as a continuation of the previous one, which was targeted at those who define the strategy of on-line publications, while the latter was to address those who implement those strategies.

The workshop was attended by 18 persons, including 4 Internet specialists from Georgia. The trainer’s work was assessed as good. Main achievements of the workshop were sharing information on the latest achievements in the on-line practices, the possibility of assessing theirt own Websites, having a professional exchange of opinions on the everyday practices of the Armenian Webmasters. 

13-14:  Conference:
" Migration and Nation Building in the Caucasus"

Yerevan, Armenia.

Papers presented:

Ethnic and Migration Situation in Azerbaijan
Alexander Skakov, Head of Department of Near Abroad Issues, Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, Moscow, Russia

Emigration from Georgia and Its Motives
Guram Svanidze, Executive Secretary International Center “For Peaceful Caucasus” NGO, Tbilisi, Georgia

Refugees, Migration Processes and Political Situation in the North Caucasus
Larisa Khoperskaya, Professor, Rostov State University, Rostov, Russia

Migration as a Factor of Nation Building in the South Caucasus
Alexander Iskandarian,Head of CMI Research Unit

Migration Trends and Policy of Armenia in 1988-2002
Gevorg Poghosyan, President, Sociological Association of Armenia, Yerevan

Migrations from the South Caucasus: Impact on the Situation in Russia and Reaction of Russian Society
Galina Vitkovskaya, Research Program Coordinator/Expert International Organization for Migrations /IOM, Moscow, Russia

Emigrants from the South Caucasus in the Modern Russian Province: Problems of Diasporalization
Viktor Dyatlov, Professor of Department of the World History and International Relations, Irkutsk State University, Russia

Refugees in Armenia: an Attempt of Typologization
Ludmila Haroutyunian, Head of Department of Sociology, Yerevan State University, Armenia

Migration of People and Ideas: The Nature of Interrelations between Armenia and Diaspora
Edward Melkonian, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Armenian Myths about Emigration
Mark Grigorian, CMI, Yerevan, Armenia
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6-7: CMI Workshop 5:
“Journalism and Internet. Challenge of a New Medium.”

Together with the European Journalism Centre.
Yerevan, Armenia.

Goals of this Workshop:
This workshop was organized together with the European Journalism Centre (Masstricht). The aims of this workshop were to explain the following options, connected with on-line journalism:
  • The difference between on-line and traditional journalism.
  • How can we make the on-line journalism more attractive.
  • On-line strategies.
  • Standards of on-line journalism
  • Building new relations with readers.
  • On-line ethics.
Heads of several news agencies, as well as several Internet journalists attended the workshop. The list of participants includes 18 persons.

The two-day workshop was conducted by Brian Trench, senior lecturer in journalism and communication at Dublin City University, chair of programme board, Masters in Science Communication, teaching Science in the Media.

The aims were achieved, and the trainer war highly assessed by the participants. The value of this training was that it was for the first time that the Armenian journalists and heads of media outlets discussed the differences between Internet and traditional journalism, got acquainted with the criteria of evaluating websites, had a professional discussion of business-resources of the Internet. contact for more infos
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June 2002:

10-15:  CMI Workshop 4:
"Photojournalism in Central Asia"

Issyk-Kul lake, Kyrgyzstan
Workshop report by Ruben Mangasaryan
Check his website: Patker Photo

The aims of this workshop:

This workshop was conducted by Frank Folwell, deputy head of photo section, USA Today. It was attended by Armenian and Georgian photojournalists, and the aim of this workshop was to discuss better practices in photojournalism, the international standards in photojournalism, as well as coverage of important events.

The project consisted of three parts:
  1. A competition between photo reporters through which the workshop participants were selected.
  2. The participants received mini grants for making photo stories on the topics of the workshop.
  3. The workshop on photojournalism.
To select workshop participants, organizers organized a competition between photojournalists from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. Photojournalists proposed topics for photo stories and submitted photographs they had previously published plus a set of unpublished photos taken over the last five years. Then, based on the professional quality of the photos and the importance of the proposed topics, two experts - Igor Gavrilov and Ruben Mangasaryan - selected workshop participants.

When the competition was over, the winners received grants of $600 to make photo reports on the selected topics.

The photojournalists who received grants were:
  • Vladimir Dotsenko, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Slovo Kyrgyzstana and Argumenty i facty daily newspapers.
  • Vyacheslav Oseledko, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Delo ¹ newspaper.
  • Oksana Akimkina, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Studencheskiy mir and Argumenty i facty.
  • Viktor Mayskiy, Karaganda, Kazakhstan, Vzglyad.
  • Konstantin Yudin, , Karaganda, Kazakhstan, Novosti nedeli weekly.
  • Umida Akhmedova, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, freelance photographer, chairman of Photo Department at the Academy of Art of Uzbekistan.
  • Genadiy Ratushenko, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Chairman of the Union of Photo Artists of Tajikistan.
Apart from those who received the grants, several photojournalists were also invited to participate in the workshop:
  • Sergey Kozlov, Almaty, Kazakhstan, Novosti nedeli weekly.
  • Ruslan Pryanikov, , Almaty, Kazakhstan, Express K.
  • Egamberdy Kabulov, Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan
  • Nina Gorshkova, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Slovo Kyrgyzstana.
The workshop for photojournalists was held from 10 to 15 June in Kyrgyzstan on the coast of lake Issyk-Kul. The trainers were Igor Gavrilov and Ruben Mangasaryan.

The program
  • June 10: participants discussed the state of photo reporting in the press of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
  • June 11: the trainers of the workshop showed their own photos and photo stories as well as photos from France Press, Corbis, prize-winning pictures from photo contests at the Missouri School of Journalism and the US National Press Photographers Association.
  • June 12-13: discussion of photo stories made by the participants.
  • June 14: choosing topics for participants’ future photo stories and photo reports.
  • June 15: summing up and evaluation of the workshop.
While getting to know the situation around photo reporting in the press of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, we found that the entire region suffers from the same problems:
  • editorial offices regard photo reports as mere illustrations to the texts
  • photo stories are published very seldom
  • there are no photo reports from the regions or neighboring countries
  • most of the time, the press uses pictures from archives, such as mugshots of political leaders.
Another issue is that photojournalists operate in isolation and have no opportunity for professional contacts or training. Workshops on photojournalism are rare events in the region. This has a negative effect on the quality of photo reporting in the press. The trainers shared their experience with the audience, spoke about modern standards in photojournalism and digital technologies. As illustrative materials, they used photos published by international agencies and media:
  • Photos of September 11 taken by France Press photographers
  • Photos from the Corbis Photobank
  • Photos that won prizes of the Missouri School of Journalism and National Press Photographers Association.
During the discussion of the photo reports, the trainers proposed their recommendations and creative solutions for finalizing the reports. For instance, while discussing the Earth – Air – Earth photo story made by Konstantin Udin, the trainers suggested adding more pictures showing the everyday reality of people living in space rockets fuel tanks. Based on the discussions and recommendations, the photojournalists will finalize their stories and hand them in to CIMERA by August 31, 2002. The resulting photos will then be offered for publication in Central Asian press. 

The final stage of the project will be an exhibition of photos made for the project. Workshop proceedings and materials will be posted on the CIMERA website. contact for more infos
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Pictures by some of the participants

Dump near Manas Airport, Kyrgyzstan, Picture taken by Ruben Mangasaryan. (2002)

People picking things brought on the same dump from  the nearby US led military base. Picture taken by Ruben Mangasaryan. (2002)

Picture taken by VyacheslavOseledko. (2002)

Picture taken by Viktor Mayskiy. (2002)

Picture taken by Konstantin Yudin. (2002)

Picture taken by Umida Akhmedova. (2002)

Picture taken byGendiy Ratushenko. (2002)


May 2002:

27, 29-31:  CMI Workshop 3:
"Addressed to photojournalists"
Yerevan, Armenia

This workshop was conducted by Frank Folwell, deputy head of photo section, USA Today. It was attended by Armenian and Georgian photojournalists, and the aim of this workshop was to discuss better practices in photojournalism, the international standards in photojournalism, as well as coverage of important events.

16-17:  CMI Workshop 2:
Editorial offices, editors and sub-editors in Caucasian Printing Press."

Together with CIMERA
Yerevan, Armenia

Goals of this workshop:
Discussion with the Editors-in-Chief of Armenian and Georgian newspapers of the following topics:
  • The structure of editorial offices in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia;
  • The structure of editorial offices in Russia, Central Asia and in the West (Switzerland);
  • Division of functions within editorial offices and how the decisions are made;
  • Responsibilities of Editor-in-chief, deputy editors, sub-editors (if any) and journalists; Optimization and problems.

The workshop was for Editors-in-Chief of Armenian and Georgian newspapers. It was attended by nine Editors-in-Chief and five deputy editors. Based on interviews with editors, special papers were prepared for this workshop, explaining the structure of editorial offices in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The workshop was conducted by Mark Grigorian, Alan Kasaev, Andre Loersch and Zviad Pochkhua.

The results of this workshop were unexpectedly interesting, because the conversation gave a start to a discussion more important than exchange of information about the structure of editorial offices.

The editors discussed problems, which are most important for them today. The biggest problem is connected with small circulation and factors that negatively affect the circulation. Structure of the editorial offices is one of the important factors. contact for more infos
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April  2002:

10-12:  CMI Workshop 1:
"News reporting and news analyses" 
Together with IWPR. 
Yerevan, Armenia
check the IWPR webpage on this workshop.

Goals of this workshop:
  • Inaugurate the Caucasus Media Institute’s training programme
  • Discuss journalism training needs in Nagorny Karabakh
  • Discuss the standards of international journalism and common journalistic genres
  • Discuss local reporting practices and how they differ from international models
  • Discuss the structure and “lead” of a news analysis story for an international readership
  • Reporting a developing news story
  • Explain IWPR standards, editorial processes and goals.

The training was directed to young journalists from Armenia, Karabakh and Javakheti (a province in Georgia), and included 14 participants.

The lecturers were: Vicken Cheterian (CMI), Mark Grigorian (CMI), Tom de Waal (IWPR).

According to the participants’ evaluation, the training reached its aims.
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Participants in the CMI Workshop 1, Yerevan

Presentation during the same workshop

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