From June 30 to July 4 OTRK web-site support department’s staff attended training, which was arranged with the help of Internews Network Representative Office in Kyrgyzstan and USAID.
The independent journalist Almaz Ismanov, who earlier worked for radio “Azattyk”, newspapers “Arguments and Facts Kyrgyzstan” and “Fergana”, and who also has experience as the media trainer conducted this training.
During the week there were many topics addressed, such as text writing skills, formation of accurate knowledge of a news genre, the analysis of most often met mistakes when writing texts, work with “difficult” sources, and skills of work with headings and press releases.
Main objectives of training were improvement of quality of texts for a site of OTRK and formation of a clear understanding of information requirements of audience of the website.
During the training there were presentations, group games and individual work to consolidate the theory, and for analysis and discussion of the reviewed subjects.
The trainer shared his impressions with us:
“One of the most important results of training is making participants to understand importance of news for any mass media, in particular for such a big broadcasting company. During training it became clear that employees have to work much with the official information received from various state organizations, and also a lot of time is spent for adaptation of texts from television plots for a site. Therefore we worked with difficult texts, with official press releases and television texts. I want to note that the course of work on training was bilateral, and staff of the web-site together with the management have a clear understanding of that changes are necessary for the official site of OTRK further development, in particular in a context of development of a digital broadcasting and the questions connected with information security” — noted the expert Ismanov.
The head of OTRK web-site support department, Bektash Shamshiyev reported that “trainings of Almaz Ismanov were held at a high level”.
“I and my colleagues liked training on web edition. We would like to have more trainings, because our staff experience difficulties on editing, writing of qualitative articles. We’d like to work with Almaz, the talented and skilled journalist”, – added Bektash Shamshiyev.
“Impressions about training of Almaz Ismanov, I would say, are bright and memorable. The trainer presented in detail how the correct news information should look like. The special attention was paid to creation of the news message, heading writing, emphasis on the most important, – told Nurzat Niyazova, the deputy head of OTRK web-site department.
She emphasized that during the course of training Almaz Ismanov tried to pay attention to each participant.