Inclusive School of Journalism
This is a social innovation project., aimed at career guidance of youth in inclusive (with or without disabilities) volunteer groups, as well as a qualitative improvement in the work of volunteer and public (nonprofit) sectors of the Samara region.
The project was aimed at solving the following problems.:
First. Weak informational component of the majority of voluntary actions and activities of the public sector of the Samara region. This prevented an increase in the number of participants and beneficiaries and slowed down their qualitative improvement.. This is explained, including, acute shortage of volunteers, employees of volunteer centers and NGOs, specialists, with professional skills and ready to work consistently with the information component of events and projects.
The second important aspect of the problem – this is low competitiveness of young people with severe disabilities in a qualified labor market, which prevents their self-realization and improving the quality of life.
Moreover, the development of modern technology allows people with a wide range of disabilities (DCP, visual and hearing impairment) successfully work in the information field.
Project “Inclusive School of Journalism” started 13.01.2014 and ended 28.02.2016. It was first implemented in Samara, and then – in the Samara region. As a result, the participants became 80 residents of Samara, Tolyatti and Syzran, 21 of which with various forms of disability.
The training program consisted of 2 stages: theoretical (with the involvement of media experts) and practical (with obtaining the necessary competencies at major events as independent journalists / bloggers or in the editorial office of large local publications).
At the practical stage, participants were divided into groups of 3-4 of man. The formation of the group was as follows, so that there are no intersections in forms of disability and so no less 30% groups had no health restrictions. Each member of the group had a role in accordance with its capabilities., eg, a person with a hearing impairment could take pictures, and editorial work is carried out by a person in a wheelchair. Participants' notes were also published in online news resources..
According to the results of the work, a competition was held among materials, created by project participants. Winners were awarded valuable gifts. (cameras, portable devices, etc.). Thanks to the project, some participants found not only their calling and gained new skills., but got a job.
A few years after graduating from the Inclusive School of Journalism, can watch his graduates, who are engaged in active social activities, work in journalism and maintain popular personal blogs.
Thus, project beneficiaries became the first structured group of volunteers, which has the skills of social information policy and actively applies them in support of the public and volunteer sectors of the entire region.
Sources of financing
Project “Inclusive School of Journalism” was supported by the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs and became the winner of the Youth Forum of the Volga Federal District “iВолга-2015”. As well as the personal contribution of the leader and team.
What difficulties arose during the implementation of the project?
Due to limited funding and, that not all speakers had the opportunity to travel, it was not possible to fully implement the program in the cities of the Samara region, therefore, there the theoretical part of the training was in a condensed form. AND, Consequently, audience interest and learning outcomes in other cities were lower, than in Samara.