Introducing democratic reporting standards to state TV

Following independence, the Kosovo War and subsequent ethnic uprising, Thomson Foundation reorganised and reformed the state broadcaster Macedonia Radio and Television (MRTV) with an extensive training and consultancy programme. Designed to achieve fair, balanced and ethical reporting in a new democracy, the work included continuous on-the-job journalism training and a more effective system of editorial control and balanced output.

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Skopje, Macedonia


Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

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Two years

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Italian Government, Dutch Government


Media reform; Macedonia;

"Journalists were taught how to make more balanced news judgements and report accordingly. Practical management and technical changes were introduced to studios, production and programming units. As a result, the overall quality of news and documentary broadcasting improved dramatically"

David Quin, director of development, Thomson Foundation

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