In 2002, HasNa collaborated with peace activists in Cyprus to conduct the Young Journalists Project. This project gave ten young journalists from Cyprus the opportunity to come to the Washington, DC for training that focused on ethics in reporting, objectivity in analyzing statistical information and discussions on moving away from biased reporting methods. Cypriots from both sides of the island were able to interact with each other during the program and develop a more objective journalistic stance on the issue of bi-communality.
The job shadowing program was arranged with NPR to provide participants with the chance to observe journalism techniques in the field. The participants learned cutting edge news analysis so that they were better able to inform and educate the Cypriot public on issues which affect both the Greek and Turkish-Cypriot communities.
During this program, participants visited organizations in the DC area including:
- The Washington Post
- The Committee of Concerned Journalists
- Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland
- The National Press Club
- National Public Radio (NPR)
- Center for Dispute Settlement
- Northwest Current
- American University
The aim of the program is to reach the next generation of journalists on the island and provide them with the tools to broaden the perspective of their respective communities that will ultimately bring integration to the island of Cyprus.
How You Can Help
HasNa's media and communications programs for Cypriot youth are critical to airing peace and cooperation across the island. If you would like to support programs such as this, please make a donation or contact us to become involved.