Department of Journalism and Philology of Sumy State University has finished an autumn school “Train the trainers”. It was organized by nongovernmental organization “Interlink Academy” (Hamburg, Germany) and “MediaKompas” (Sumy, Ukraine) with financial support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany.

Training have been passed by 14 teachers, practicing journalists, media managers and public activists from different regions of Ukraine. The autumn school course was conducted by an experienced German journalism trainer Erik Albrecht.

Training and practice were conducted in three modules. The first one – intramural – took place on September 18th-23rd. Participants passed distance training, where they prepared and conducted their own practical courses defining their purpose, plotting plans, preparing visualization and developing the detailed templates. The last one – intramural module gathered participants on the base of the Department of Journalism and Philology of SSU. Classes took place from 22nd to 25th of November. Focus was made on the analysis of preparation and conducting of media trainings. Also, the work methodology was discussed as well as group dynamics, rules and principals of conducting role games, format of “world cafe” and many others.

Characterizing the work done, Erik Albrecht noted: “The group is nice and friendly. I liked the way everyone contacted and cooperated with each other, that's why there were almost no conflicts. Everybody gave their best during both distance learning and final module. The work was really intense”.

All the participants carried out the preparation plan: mastered interactive technologies of adults’ education, e-learning concept, developed and conducted their own trainings for journalists and students, based on journalistic and academic experience. Also, all the participants received “Certificate of Excellence” as media coaches. Knowledge and practical skills gained allow to increase the level of teaching of special journalistic subjects.

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