Civil Society Seminar for Caucasus Journalists

Deadline: 10 June 2013
Open to: journalists in newspaper, agency or online from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan or Russia
Venue: Berlin, Germany, from 27 July to 4 August, 2013


The German newspaper foundation TAZ-Panter stiftung is organizing a seminar on “The role of Civil Society for the development of the state – is the Civil Society Forum of the EU Eastern Partnership of help?” in Berlin on 27 July to 4 August 2013 for young journalists from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia. The one-week seminar will address the following questions: What is the role of civil society within the process of a changing society, within the transformation? How can non-governmental sector help solve problems, where the governments maybe are stuck? Is international cooperation between civil societies important? Which role can the Civil Society Forum of the EU Eastern Partnership play here?

Participants will take part in thorough seminars covering specific subjects and will also have time for own research, as participants are expected to complete an article during the seminar covering a topic related to the questions above. Within its Eastern Partnership the European Union has created the possibility for a Civil Society Forum, comprised of NGO activists of the 6 countries and from EU countries. This step acknowledges that the importance of civil society has not only become larger, but that also decision makers in the EU have recognized this.

The questions listed above and more shall be addressed and discussed during about half of this seminar. The other half will be comprised of sound journalistic input: about press and journalism in Germany, journalistic styles, ethics in journalism and further subjects.


  • Working as a journalist in newspaper, agency or online from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan or Russia
  • Good knowledge of the English language (enabling active participation in discussions)
  • Knowledge of German and / or Russian is an advantage


The trip to Berlin takes place individually or in groups from the respective countries. The type of transportation (plane, train, bus) is agreed between participants and organizers. Accommodation in Berlin will be in 2-bed-rooms. The seminar covers the costs for the arrival and departure, traffic in Berlin, bed and breakfast, and most meals. Participants should expect expenses for the other meals of not more than 50 Euros.


Interested applicants should send the following documents (in English, Russian or German language) to by 10 June 2013:

  • a current resume (including their knowledge of languages)
  • a letter of motivation for participation in the seminar not longer than one page (including mail addresses of two reference persons from the field of journalism).

Please let them know if you have a valid visa for the relevant period. This is for organizational purposes only and is not relevant for the success of the application. Please send only these two documents; either in word or pdf. Please name the files as follows: (lastName.CV< ; lastName.motivation<)

Please send any questions to For more information, please see the official call for applications HERE.

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