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Artur Kornienko won Vaclav Havel journalism fellowship

11.01.2021, 17:03
Photo credit: Radio Liberty
Photo credit: Radio Liberty

Artur Kornienko, Ukrainian journalist, received a Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty for the 2020/2021 academic year, as Radio Liberty reported.

Kornienko has been working in journalism for over five years, covering politics, business, society and culture. Recently he worked for the English-language edition of The Kyiv Post daily. Previously, the fellow worked as a journalist for Hromadske Television, where he prepared a weekly news program about Eastern Europe for an international audience, and as a correspondent for UATV English, Ukraine's international broadcaster.

Kornienko graduated from the master's program of the School of Journalism of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

"This is a great opportunity to learn new formats and how the professionals of one of the world's most influencial media work. Especially during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and social polarization, when impartiality and completeness of information are more important than ever," Kornienko said.

The Vaclav Havel Fellowship enables journalists to work under the guidance of RFE/RL professionals at its headquarters in Prague, as well as at local offices. The purpose of the scholarship is to support promising journalists from the countries where free and independent media are threatened, to continue their professional activities in support of pluralism.

Earlier, Natalya Sedletska from Ukraine (now editor and host of the TV investigation program "Schemes. Corruption in Details"), Olga Malchevska (ex-correspondent 1 + 1, now a journalist with BBC), Safie Ablyayeva (journalist for ATR), Kyiv journalist and writer Yaroslava Kutsayu, journalist and Odessa activist Gleb Zhavoronkov, Crimean journalist David Akselrod.

The Vaclav Havel Scholarship is The Fellowship is a joint initiative of RFE/RL and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and aims to strengthen media independence in Eastern Partnership countries and the Russian Federation. It is generously supported by the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE97..

Journalists from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova can apply for this fellowship.

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