Review: P-CRC Balkan Diskurs Youth Correspondents Training 2019
With funding from the VII Academy and the VII Foundation, and training support by VII Agency photographers Sara Terry and Maciek Nabrdalik, the Post-Conflict Research Center held its Balkan Diskurs Youth Correspondents Training in Sarajevo in May 2019 for nineteen Bosnian youth participants from thirteen different Bosnian cities.
P-CRC organized an interactive, multimedia training program focused on cultivating participants’ skills in investigative and citizen journalism techniques. These included basic reporting skills and photography techniques, instruction in conducting interviews and identifying and verifying sources and advice on how to work in a safe, responsible and ethical manner. One of the primary goals of this training was to prepare participants for a specialized mentorship program during in which they now serve as local youth correspondents for P-CRC’s new multimedia outlet Balkan Diskurs, which is an independent multimedia platform that provides young citizen journalists, activists and academics in the Western Balkans with a space to publish their opinions, analyses, and reports on issues critical to the region.
The training course was held alongside the inaugural event, “VII in Sarajevo: Festival of the Image”, which meant that students could attend presentations by VII Photo Agency photographers as well as discussion panels.