Call for Applications: Guardian’s New East network journalist workshop in Minsk

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April 22, 2016 18:59

“We came to a point where we were tired of the fact that Belarus is associated [abroad] with the following things: ‘The last dictatorship of Europe’, potatoes, Lenin monuments on every square. The country is much more than that, and we are trying to show this other Belarus” – Iryna Vidanava, a Minsk-based publisher speaking to the Financial Times.

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, The Guardian’s New East network, Belarus in Focus, and the Belarusian Association of Journalists will hold a half-day workshop for English-speaking journalists based in Belarus who write, or want to write, for international audiences. 

This workshop will look at how news and current affairs from Belarus are covered by English-language media organisations, and focus on ways that journalists in Belarus can expand and diversify this coverage for international audiences.

The session will be led by Enjoli Liston, deputy editor for The Guardian’s New East network, which launched this year as a platform for fuller coverage of the former Soviet states. Enjoli will make a brief overview about the network, discuss journalists’ story ideas, and give practical tips on writing for English-language news organisations.

The workshop is open to applications from journalists living and working in Belarus who have a good command of English. As spaces are limited, we will choose the 10 applicants we believe will benefit most from the session.

Please submit your application by completing this form by Friday 17 October 2014. We will contact you by the following Wednesday (22 October) to let you know whether you have secured a space.

If you have any questions, please contact Enjoli Liston ( 


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