AGBU’s GORIZ Leadership Program Holds 4th Annual Seminar


Media Trainings with Journalists Give Participants the Tools to Advocate across Europe


From Thursday, October 18 to Sunday, October 21, 2012, GORIZ held its fourth annual seminar, which brings together young leaders with exceptional academic and professional backgrounds and trains them to represent their Armenian diaspora communities throughout Europe. While previous GORIZ sessions focused on themes such as youth political participation and economic development in Armenia, during this year’s conference, “EU Eastern Partnership Youth Seminar about Communication and the Media,” participants learned how to harness the media effectively in order to put Armenian issues in the international spotlight.


Working alongside top journalists, the 22 GORIZ participants, who travelled from 10 countries – Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Romania, Spain, Turkey, the UK and Ukraine – developed successful strategies for interviewing on television, engaging with social media and coordinating messages. Together, under the guidance of reporters Armen Georgian and Achren Verdian of France 24 International Television, they conducted, taped and analyzed mock interviews, receiving critical feedback that gave them the skills and confidence to speak in front of the camera in the future. A visit to the ArmNews television studio provided further insights into broadcast journalism. The workshop, “Media Watch on Hate Speech,” led by the Hrant Dink Foundation, which is committed to promoting intercultural dialogue, gave participants the tools to combat discrimination in the press.


On Friday, October 19, 2012, the group met with AGBU Europe Chairman Alexis Govciyan, who co-founded GORIZ in 2009. They were joined by members of the AGBU Europe Board, who were in Yerevan for AGBU’s 87th General Assembly, which coincided with the GORIZ seminar. GORIZ participants also had the opportunity to join a number of Assembly events, attending in particular the session chaired by AGBU President Berge Setrakian on Saturday, October 20, 2012, where they learned more about the organization’s recent work, the challenges that the future holds and ways they can continue to make a difference – one news story at a time.


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AGBU’s GORIZ Leadership Program Holds 4th Annual Seminar