API and IDC on NATO set up the “Journalism in Defense and Security Matters (JAS)” network and announce first Press Club
As a result of a public competition, the Association of Independent Press (API) and the Information and Documentation Center on NATO (IDC on NATO) have selected ten journalists from national and local/regional media to become members of the “Journalism in Defense and Security Matters (JAS)” network. The JAS network of journalists has been set up under a program funded by the US Embassy in the Republic of Moldova. Through this network, API and IDC on NATO aim to contribute to strengthening the network members’ knowledge so that they can report on complex defense and security issues in accessible ways for the general public.
The selected journalists will through a professional training program (workshops, press clubs, exchange of experience, study visit, journalistic writing competition), during which they will gain a thorough understanding about the security and defense challenges at national and international levels as well as the journalistic techniques for reporting on such complex issues. The workshops will be led by national and international media and security experts.
Here is what some of the journalists selected for the JAS program said:
• Mădălin Necșuțu, Chisinau correspondent of Balkan Insight (BIRN): “The security, defense and foreign policy areas are so vast that you can never say you know it all. Everything is in a perpetual dynamic and things evolve from one day to another. The possibility of training with line experts will definitely help me develop my knowledge and will give me new ideas for future materials.”
• Renata Lupăcescu, reporter and producer, Căușeni-based “Studio-L”: “The area of defense has a dynamic, complex and multidimensional character. Given this interdependence as well as the variety of threats to national security and defense, journalists today need good training more than ever, so as not to make mistakes when tackling such issues.”
• Oxana Mititelu, anchor, Moldova 1 public television: “I encounter certain blockages every time I make a material about national, regional and global security and, every time, I need to document it thoroughly or turn to sources. Hence, this program will be very useful to me.”
• Petru Beregoi, reporter, Realitatea.md: “I have a special interest in learning about the experience, legislation, methods of enforcing defense and security rules and experience of other countries, to make it easier for me to draw a parallel in the journalistic materials I make on this subject with the situation in our country.”
• Ilie Gulca, editor, Center for Investigative Journalism of Moldova: “I would like to strengthen my knowledge about security and defense challenges at national and international levels. I also aim to improve my journalistic techniques for reporting on such complex subjects.”
The launch of the “Journalism in Defense and Security Matters (JAS)” project will take place at the first JAS Press Club, which will be held online on 22 September 2020, 16:00. The topic of the Press Club discussion will be “The impact of COVID-19 on regional security”. More details about the event will be posted on the websites of API and IDC on NATO and on the event’s Facebook page.
“Journalism in Defense and Security Matters (JAS)” is implemented by the Association of Independent Press (API) in partnership with Information and Documentation Center on NATO (IDC on NATO) and funded by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.