Regional Voices Ukraine

Posted by David Quin


The programme Ukraine Regional Voices has worked with regional journalists to help inject proper balance into their coverage of the plight of Ukraine's nearly two million displaced persons (IDPs).


Content creation to strengthen issue sensitive journalism

The EU-funded two-year programme was aimed at highlighting the IDP issue and improving the quality of reporting in the Ukrainian regional media.

Many of the journalists were IDPs. The trainers helped them move beyond immediate crisis coverage to develop stories on how the displaced people integrate into host communities and the ongoing challenges they face.

We are ensuring sensitive coverage through the use of authoritative sources on the IDP crisis.

Nigel Baker, chief executive, Thomson Foundation
Building stories that matter

“The regional media are the front line in covering IDPs and the conflict more generally,” says the Thomson Foundation’s director of development, David Quin. “As such these newspapers and TV stations have to get the story right, have to deliver it with sensitivity, impartiality and with an eye to the future. That is what we were doing here, helping build stories that matter in an ethical way on an issue that all too quickly gets forgotten.”

A supportive network

The production training workshops took place away from direct conflict zones of Crimea and Donbass in the cities of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzya, Odessa, Poltava, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Lviv, Dnipro, Chernih​iv, Ivano Frankivsk and Zhytomir.

In each region, stories were filmed, written and edited with Thomson Foundation support, providing direct on-the-job training to reporters covering a challenging issue.

The programme has created a platform for media content and a network through which journalists continue to support each other and share material.

Our partners

Regional Voices: Strengthening Conflict Sensitive Coverage in Ukraine’s Regional Media

  • The Institute for Regional Media and Information, a leading Ukrainian media development organisation is helping shape the programme, providing local training expertise and support
  • The European Journalism Centre is helping provide an online regional media exchange in Ukraine
  • Memo 98, a Slovak media monitoring organisation has been responsible for developing the media monitoring component of the project
  • SpilnyiProstir, a Ukraine organisation which will be responsible, alongside Memo 98, for delivering the projects media monitoring


Project website

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David Quin

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