What will be the results of the project?
The work of journalists trained to knowledgably report on environmental issues will also raise the profile of civil society organizations dealing with those issues as reporters will often turn to them for information and comment.
This project sustained beyond the end of the formal project period on several levels. Perhaps most importantly, the knowledge, skills and contacts gained by the journalist participants will continue to serve them throughout their professional careers. In this way, both the journalists themselves and their readers will continue to benefit—the journalists through improved understanding of environmental and European issues and readers through reading accurate and insightful articles about the environment.
We also anticipate that the trained journalists will become frequent contributors to TOL (Transition Online Magazine), meaning the articles that they write over the course of the project will only be the beginning of their efforts to inform an international audience about the environmental problems in Albania.
The online courses that will be developed as part of this project will also continue to exist, becoming part of the online curriculum of the BBC and TOL. With minimal further adaptation, they can be used as training tools for future projects in Albania and elsewhere in the region.
This project directly promotes equal opportunities and best practices. While innovative in itself, one of the project’s key activities—the bellow described activities—encourages, facilitates and rewards (through sub-granting) social innovation.
The project’s impact will extend beyond the program period and increase the networking possibilities among environmental journalists throughout the region.