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Who is behind this?

Alexey Leonchik

Linking Media


Who is joining forces?

Cech (Цэх)


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Platform to network photo reporters from Belarus and Ukraine with their EU/USA counterparts: school where E/Europeans will develop photo projects into local acute social issues under guidance of their Western counterparts. Projects presented in offline spaces around both BY and UA and featured in key media will attract more attention to issues of closed (BY) and post-war (UA) societies, bring more viewers to national media, drag audience from propaganda RU media decreasing influence of latter.

Where will your idea take place?


Why does Europe need your idea?

Spreading awareness about issues in Belarus/Ukraine nationally and regionally; establishing acting networks between Western and Eastern European photo reporting communities; promotion of more local quality content to attract people influenced by Russian propaganda media and decreasing influence of latter; providing photo reporters incentive to stay in profession and not leave independent media.

What is your impact?

Further strengthen photo reporting community in Belarus by providing them with another chance to be trained by leading global photo reporters; create photo projects into local issues uncovering what lacked attention and bring it to audience through exhibitions and featured materials in national media; strengthen national media through better content and attract audience which gets info from Russian media and is manipulated by them; prevent brain drain of talents from independent media.

How do you get there?

Project will encompass:
15 days of on-site workshops where 10 to 15 local press reporters will get portfolio reviews, evaluation of ongoing projects, and support with identification and development of final projects;
six months of online support through webinars and private consultations with trainers;
exhibition of final projects that were deemed successful by tutors, in Belarus and neighboring countries;
three days of open public lectures by course tutors to general public in Miensk
Project will continue successful implementation of such platform in two previous years, which resulted in more quality photo projects in national media getting high publicity, decrease of brain drain of photo reporters from independent media to nearly zero and opening photo departments in new media

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

independent photo reporters: getting new skills first hand from their globally renown counterparts;
independent media: having better trained photo reporters able to produce cutting edge materials which bring more audience;
general public: getting better coverage of social and economic issues and thus access to alternative information; getting quality content in Belarusian national media brings people from Russian media thus decreasing degree of propaganda influence

What makes your idea stand apart?

Idea is conventional as it proposes the most obvious thing that had ever worked: if the country is closed (Belarus) and you (EU) seek to open and have more influence on it - bring more expertise there to enable enlightened choices. As Belarus is closed and now also hit by crisis, journalists find it difficult to travel, in addition to soft repressions by the state. Thus many of them leave already embattled media. Photo content is something consumed eagerly. We want give reporters reason to stay

€ 28000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 40500,-

Total budget

Major expenses

trainers' fees for all activities (15 workshop days, three open lecture days, online coaching) - 20250 euro, trainers travel and stay 10630, workshop and classes venue rent 3600 euro, exhibitions printing 3000 euro



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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