Journalists visits to Poland

What may Ukrainians expect from the reform of local self-government? Haw was that in Pland? How do Polish communities assess the administrative reform in their country after almost 20 years? 45 Ukrainian journalists who have taken part in informational visits to Poland within the project “Ukrainian School of Journalism” had a possibility to learn about all of that and more other.

The project participants were selected from among 176 applicants by results of competition conducted in January-February 2015. Journalists and bloggers of local Ukrainian mass media from Dnipropetrovk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, Kirovograd, Kyiv, Lugansk, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Cherkasy oblasts of Ukraine and city of Kyiv were invited to aplly.

The winners have got a unique opportunity to take part in informational seminars on problems of local self-government in Poland and Ukraine, trainings and master-classes of local and civic journalism, to visit editorial offices of important local mass media and Polish media organizations, and to get acquainted directly with work of Polish local self-governments during 6-day study visit to Warsaw.

Three visits in groups of 15 people were during May-June 2015. Polish NGO from Warsaw the Initiative “Free Bialorus” hosted Ukrainian journalists. Integration classes, presentations of famous Polish experts on local self-government, meetings with Polish journalists, community leaders, local authorities, visits to utility companies were in the program of visits.

You can see the detailed program of visits and lists of participants in attached files.

Group I, visit dates – May 2-9, 2015.
List of participants, program of the visit.

Group II, visit dates – May 23-31, 2015.
List of participants, program of the visit.

Group III, visit dates – June 20-27, 2015.
List of participants, program of the visit.

What was it like – watch the video, prepared by Olga German, one of the project participants:

The project is not finished on that. We expect the journalists, who visited Poland, use the opportunity to share the gained information and impressions with readers of their mass media. We are looking forward to interesting stories and articles.


Journalists visits were conducted within the project “Ukrainian School of Journalism”, implemented by the Inicjatywa Wolna Białoruś (Warsaw) in cooperation with Ukrainian partners Center of Informational Researches and Resource Services “Merydian” (Lviv) and Institute for Policy Studies (Lviv) with financial support of Polish-Canada program of Democracy support of International Solidarity Foundation.