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Master Class for Cameramen in Covergent Media Environment


From April 17-21 Internews Armenia provided a Master Class for local cameramen. During five days 10 camera operators from Yerevan, Vanadzor, Gyumri and Martuni had the opportunity to learn techniques of operating a video, TV or film camera while working in a covergent media environment. All the participants had technical skills in camera operation and most of them had a job experience of a cameraman in local TV stations, on-line media or a film-making. The selection of candidates was based on competitive basis through an application procedure.

The training was conducted by a well-known Ukrainian TV operator and a film-maker Mikhail Lebedev. Through international expertize the training aimed to enhance the participants’ skills for work with traditional TV, gain new ones for work in a convergent environment.

The participants were exposed to learning effective techniques of camerawork in multimedia environment. The instructions and examples on shooting angles, video editing lighting techniques and shot composition were introduced to the trainees.The trainer also introduced the participants to modern types of cameras, their advantages and disadvantages.

Artak Nersisyan, a cameraman from AR TV

“I work as a TV operator for almost 14 years. Though I was familiar with many aspects of camerawork I could grasp some new and interesting information such as shot composition thanks to the trainer’s rich expertize. I had mostly hands-on experience and didn’t have an opportunity to participate in training courses before. This was my first experience and I am glad to get the opportunity.”

Melsik Khachatryan, a cameraman from Shirak TV, Gyumri

“I am self-educated and have gained expertise from my father who is also a TV operator. I participated in practical training courses in Moscow. Here in Armenia I mostly learned from the professionals I was working with though didn’t have a chance to get some academic knowledge. This training was a wonderful opportunity to gain knowledge from an international expert. I was much interested in lighting techniques and was happy to get the answers during this training. Though I should confess that some of the techniques I learned will be difficult to apply due to the poor technical capacity of regional TV companies.”

Albert Sarksyan, Master’s Degree Student of Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema

“As a film operator I was very happy to have a chance to meet such a professional as he talked about all the aspects of camerawork not only focusing on TV production. He presented many new approaches to operating a camera and gave a fresh look at the things I already knew. I just wished we could have more practical exercises under his leadership.”

Summing up “New content through new technologies” grant competition 2010


Call for “New content through new technologies” grant competition 2012.

Aiming to encourage new media content production and citizen reporting “New content through new technologies” grant competition was announced by Eurasia Partnership Foundation within ARM project  in 2010. NGOs, production companies and individuals were eligible for participation that resulted in more than 80 submitted projects. Fourteen projects completed the list of finalists and were classified under three main categories:

Innovative Content

Citizen Journalism/Blogging

Production of video materials

  • Persona Grata (Video material investigating Georgia’s success in fight against corruption)
  • ArmComedy (Providing regular satirical coverage of political, social and environmental problems news)
  • Versus Studio (Producing documentary stories of Armenian migration in the 20th century- www.hayrenadardz.org/)
  • A.M.Media Production (On-line platform featuring high-end cultural information – WebTV)

March 2011 was the starting point for most of the projects with an average duration of 6 months.Each of them had an important contribution to the development of alternative media content in Armenia. By creating relevant social platforms and tools, and integrating new technlogies they stirred up public interest and demand towards citizen reporting and quality news consumption.

Throughout the six productive months each of these projects could create close links with their audiences and gain trust. Many of the tools created proved to be sustainable and continue to develop  even after completion of the projects.

Follow  also this link to see other accomplishments of the projects.

Multimedia tools for effective election reporting


To equip journalists with new media tools for effective election reporting on November 28-December 2, 2011 Internews Media Support NGO organised a five-day training for acting journalists from various media outlets: regional TV, radio, on-line newspapers. The training was conduted by Henrik Hansen, a Danish journalist, editor and also a media trainer with a 19-year extensive experience in TV and radio.

“I tried to highlight the importance of quality election reporting combining it with new media. It was important to focus on the role of the media in the democratic election processes and the important mission of media to work with the agenda of the voters and the ways of involving them directly. And this is where the potential of new media is strong,” says Henrik Hansen.

The first days of the training  were dedicated to the role and responsibilities of media during elections;  international practice of involving voters was introduced. The next three days the participants worked in the groups to create their own web platforms where they tried to apply new media tools for quality and unbiased election reporting.

The last day of the training each group made a presenation of their site created on WordPress and multimedia tools that were introduced. Follow the links to the created resources: http://imqven.wordpress.com/  http://armenianvote.wordpress.com

Artur Barsegyan, “Qyavar” regional TV: “I had an opportunity to learn about international experience and see the whole potential that new media possesses today. I had little knowledge of new media as we still use traditional ways of providing information. But we are already planning to launch a website, blog and integrate it with social media, and the training was a good incentive. I learned a lot about WordPress platform and I am willing to continue discover the useful features it has.”

Mery Alexanyan, a journalist for Human Rights in Armenia website: “I have had some experience using new media tools for news coverage. I could increase my knowledge, learn new and interactive ways of providing information such as visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links.”

Qnarik Harutyunyan, Tsayg TV, Gyumri: “ I am very much satisfied with the training. We used to working with traditional media tools and feel confident with alternative ways of providing  information . Though our TV has website, and it is also present in Facebook the training helped me realise that we are not effectively using them. We are just providing on-sided information without involving our audiences into conversation, opinion sharing. I discovered the advantages of Livestream plugin that is a strong tool  and can be very useful in providing instant and objective information. I am eager to share all my knowledge with my colleagues.”

Maraiam Mughdusyan, freelance journalist, working for zham.am and ankakh.com on-line newspapers: “ I liked the way the training was constructed. It was very useful both for those who are just starting to use new media tools and those who already have some knowledge and experience but would like to learn more.  Today, the visualization of information is of great importance and the ability to combine texts with photos, videos, graphics, timeline makes communication more effective and interactive .I was happy to learn how the Livestream works  and live chat opportunity it provides .”

More photos on Flickr.

Երեխաները բարձրաձայնում են իրենց հուզող խնդիրներ «Դպրոցական բլոգի» միջոցով


Մարտ ամսից մեկնարկած «Դպրոցական բլոգ»-ն այսօր արդեն լայն տարածում է գտել առ-ցանցում: Այն ունի 8.000-10.000 այցելու ամսական, ունի Ֆեյսբուքի իր էջը, ակտիվ է Թվիթերում: Դպրոցականներ Երևանից, Էջմիածնից, Ալավերդիի երեք համայնքներից, Դիլիջանից, Մարտունիից ակտիվ գրառումներ են անում բլոգում, կիսվում իրենց մտահոգություններով, մասնակցում քննարկումների և միմյանց օգնում խորհուրդներով:

Լիլիթ Սիրադեղյանը Ճոճկանից առաջին համարձակներից էր, ով բլոգում գրեց իր դպրոցում առկա մի խնդրի մասին: Նա անվանեց իր գրառումը «Մեր դպրոցի զուգարանը փայտե կմախք է», ուր անկեղծորեն պատմեց, թե ինչպես է սանհանգույցի հետ կապված խնդիրը խոչընդոտում ամբողջ դասապրոցեսը և նեղություն պատճառում դպրոցի երեխաներին.

«Իսկ ճշմարտությունն այն է, որ մեր դպրոցի սանհանգույցը ոչ թե զուգարան է, այլ փայտե կմախք, որն էլ գտնվում է դպրոցից ահագին հեռու: Ու միթե՞ կարելի է այդ կիսաքանդ, առանց տանիքի, մոշի թփերով պատված փայտե կմախքին սանհանգույց անվանել: Սա էլ քիչ է, մեր ուսումնական շենքից շատ հեռու է, որը շատ հաճախ մեզ դժվար իրադրությունների առաջ է կանգնեցնում: Սովորաբար, երկար դասամիջոցներին սանհանգույցի մոտ աղջիկների հերթ է կուտակվում…»

«Սկզբում չէի համարձակվում գրել», ասում է Լիլիթը,- «Կաշկանդվում էի, չէի հավատում, որ այս խնդիրը ի վերջո կլուծվի: Հետո վերջապես խիզախեցի և գրեցի: Մտածեցի, մի գուցե կարողանամ ինչ որ բան փոխել:»

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