Azerbaijan: Cultivating Multimedia Journalists in Provinces
In Azerbaijan, Knight International developed a corps of multimedia journalists in the provinces who now provide news stories to independent media in the capital. Knight Fellow Eric Schwartz improved the digital skills of these journalists and helped them expand coverage of local issues in leading news outlets.
- Connected provincial journalists with independent, Web-based news service; reporters from the regions provide coverage via radio on www.baku.fm and via TV on www.kanal13.tv.
- Helped organize the country's first pre-election debate in Baku, giving media unprecedented access to candidates. The debate was transmitted live on the Internet and on Radio Liberty.
- Created a DVD on blogging in the Azeri language distributed widely by leading investigative journalists, and by the Ganca Media Center in the country's second-largest city. Set the stage for an independent, online news service now supported by IREX.