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08.10.2013 11:36

Praguian Dialogues – Internet Swallows Up Everything

Goga Aptsiauri
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I happened to arrive in Prague at different times, through different ways. Lasha (Zaginava) and I were met at the airport by Muma Budsiheva (Project Manager). Seeing him Mama (mother) Muma nicknamed by Roin Agrba crossed my mind, and I did address him this way since he keeps taking care of us, trying to indulge all our wishes and stand our complaints, the complaints  though are few. Our Abkhazian and Ossetian colleagues were the last to arrive. The meeting was so very touching. We had not seen one another for a year. In a short while Ajika, vodka, cheese and wine started emerging and another toast for our meeting was drunk.

Praguian Dialogues – that’s the title of the series of trainings held for the second time now in the Czech Republic. The event is being organized by the Prague International Media Training Association (PIMTA). Last year the dialogues were dedicated to traditional media. We got aware of the good practice of Czech newspapers and televisions. This year the main topic of the training is new media and social network. Yet last year participants had an idea to launch a website to accumulate the media production created across Caucasus.

Another difference of this year’s trainings is that the colleagues from Kabardino-Balkaria. Currently we are developing an idea of a common Caucasian online resource. We are seeking for the ways for the concept and of the website and construction of the system. We want the website to be different from others working in the similar field. We still have six days ahead and we’ll ultimately think out something. Along with developing our plan we are being shared local good practice. Frank Williams (former BBC Director) is supervising us, carefully listening to our opinions. Media trainer Alexander Verzilov is the moderator.  He is telling us about universal journalism, the field where a single person is simultaneously readying both text and video material. Simply speaking universal journalist masters the skills in every field of journalism. This is journalism that embraces newspaper, television and radio in online space. The lecture delivered by web editor Eugenia Snezhkina was so very interesting. I would like to offer several interesting, to my mind, and recent good practice applied in European media. Editorial offices, for instance, hire persons responsible for the dissemination of content of certain online edition via social networks. These employees speedily post news on social networks, accordingly the number of viewers is considerably rushing up.

Online news addition has got to be four times faster than television. Online editions of newspapers are not to wait for the full completion of the article since online news become out-of-date sooner and waiting might turn out fatal, you might get overtaken by another edition. Listening to Eugenia telling us all the aforementioned I recalled the case I experienced few days earlier. A source from Dvani was notifying me that Russians border guards started dismantling wire fires. The source was incompetent but I still posted it on Facebook, thereby noting that the news needs to be verified and I was heading to the village for that purpose. Comments to my post were too many. Following the verification I found out Russians took the poles for the fences away from Dvani. In the evening a full story was produced for Radio Liberty, but due to the morning announcement a lot of people watched the story. The trainer recommends – before completing the story to tell at least two paragraphs about ongoing event. 

“The newspaper is almost dead, the television is not going to last long, internet is swallowing up everything,” that’s the way Eugenia Snezhkina thinks. Newspapers, radios and televisions are trying to integrate into internet. Advancament of technologies brings too many changes about.

I am going to tell more about the things ongoing here.

Goga Aptsiauri, Prague

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