MediaSind union, in partnership with Agerpres, launches ReStart high-quality journalism project

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MediaSind Romanian union of journalists, in partnership with Romania’s National News Agency Agerpres, on Tuesday launched a ReStart project, on the occasion of the World Free Press Day.

The ReStart project is inspired by “The Ethical Journalism Initiative” concept promoted by the International Federation of Journalists. ReStart is designed for the students at Romanian universities wanting to get involved in promoting high-quality journalism.

“We want students to have direct contact with the exigencies of the journalist job, by actually participating in editorial activities. We mean, for instance, news editing, taking photographs, making video materials,” the MediaSind representatives say.

While the pilot project was conducted in partnership with the Danubius University of Galati, as far back as 2014, the current project is designed for all the universities nationwide. The students selected to participate in the project will receive Agerpres volunteer badges, while their best stories, photographs and videos will be posted on the www.mediasind.ro website, as well as the websites of the the national and international partners and the participating universities, and get media promotion.

The universities and media organisations wanting to join the one-year project, May 3, 2016 – May 3, 2017, can contact the MediaSind representatives on restart@mediasind.ro until June 1, 2016.

Romania’s National News Agency Agerpres is a media partner of the ReStart project.

 

President Iohannis says free media – the prerequisite for authentic democracy

 

President Klaus Iohannis said that there cannot be authentic democracy without free media and encourages journalists to stay objective and always find out and present the truth.

“The World Press Freedom Day is an occasion to reflect on the important role of mass media in society. Serving the public interest and the correct information of the citizen are fundamental benchmarks in exerting the profession of journalist. Democracy without free media cannot be authentic,” Iohannis wrote on Tuesday on his Facebook page.

He also conveyed his best wishes to all the journalists, encouraging them “to stay objective and determined to find out and always present the truth even in the most difficult moments of their activity.”

May 3 was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day by the UN General Assembly in 1993, following a Recommendation adopted at the 26th Session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991.