Containing specially prepared comprehensive introductions to the EU and its institutions, the handbook is a tool to help journalists in the EU Neighbourhood region to report the EU and their countries’ relationship with it. Journalists will find here what they need most: contacts, links and web references.
In addition, the handbook also contains valuable contributions from several Media Neighbourhood mentors who share their experiences of working on the project.
The handbook is currently available in English and will soon be available in Arabic, French and Russian.
To download a copy of the handbook, visit the Media Neighbourhood website: www.medianeighbourhood.eu/journalism-handbook/
Media Neighbourhood is a three-year training programme for journalists, editors and managers from broadcast, print and online. It is funded by the European Union and delivered by a consortium led by BBC Media Action. It is one of three projects funded under the EU’s Regional Communication Programme. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
While nearly half of the population in Georgia derives most of its income from agriculture, the sector actually contributes less than 10% to GDP. This is mainly due to the low efficiency of production, caused mainly by the scarcity of owned lands and the limited exposure to modern farming methods. With the support of the European Union, the Georgian government has begun the process of attempting to unblock the most problematic bottlenecks of the agricultural sector.
The aim is the establishment of 160 cooperatives, which are business oriented voluntary-based organizations of small farmers, expected to create economies of scale, improve connections to the market and enhance efficiency, all of which would lead to economic growth. An EU Neighbourhood Info Centre journalist visited a women’s cooperative benefitting from an EU project’s grant and wrote this report.
This is part of a series of features on projects funded by the EU’s Regional Programme, prepared by journalists and photographers on the ground or the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre, available in English, Russian and Georgian. (EU Neighbourhood Info)