US to support Baltic journalists in fight against Russian propaganda (1)

A sailor using a megaphone at an American training camp in 1947 (US National Archives and Records Administration)
8/11/2015 10:40 AM
Category: International

The United States has announced a 500,000-dollar grant for conducting investigative journalism training to counter Russian misinformation in the Baltic states.

The US government published the details of the grant via its embassy in Vilnius and said that the program’s aim is to offer a year-long, innovative, multi-phased investigative journalism training program for early and mid-career Russian-language journalists and other media professionals working on Russia’s periphery.

“As Russian propaganda and misinformation multiplies, the media in all three countries need the skills and tools to counter it with fact-based, credible news reporting. The program would also build a more mature, proactive 21st century media landscape in all three countries,” the announcement said.

The program is expected to include training and workshops in all three countries and study trips to the US to visit newsrooms, journalism schools, as well as new models for funding and delivering quality journalism in the digital age.

Applications may be submitted by US and foreign-based public and private non-profit organizations.

S. Tambur

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