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"Svidomi" journalist Yulia Bondar wins the Václav Havel Scholarship

06.01.2023, 12:55
Photo: Andriy Dubchak / Radio Liberty
Photo: Andriy Dubchak / Radio Liberty

"Svidomi" journalist and editor-in-chief Yulia Bondar won Radio Liberty's Václav Havel Scholarship 2023, Radio Liberty reports.

According to the publication, Yulia Bondar has been working with text in printed and online media for five years. During this time, she has worked with both Ukrainian and international publications.

"I like working with text the most – I worked as a text journalist for Ukrainsky Tyzhden, Radio Liberty, hromadske, divoche media, Zbruch, Media.Lab Online, Novynarnia, Skhidny Variant, Rubrika, The Ukrainians, Izbirkom, Hromadske Radio, Ukraïner, Drohobych City. I also wrote in English for The Fix Media (an international media about media) as part of an internship I got from the Media Development Foundation," said Yulia Bondar.

The journalist is most interested in stories of people, subjects of violence and child trauma, as well as the goings-on in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. In 2021, Bondar worked in Donetsk oblast, writing reports from there. Since April 2022, she has been working as the editor-in-chief of "Svidomi", where she previously had been an analyst and news editor.

"The Radio Liberty scholarship will not only help me improve my own writing and learn to work in new formats, but will also give me an opportunity to immerse myself in the work of international media and study the principles of working during a full-scale war in my own country," Bondar shared.

Yulia Bondar will spend the next six months at the RFE/RL headquarters in Prague, and will work in their local office in Ukraine as well. The scholarship is being provided by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty and the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic, supported by the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE97 to help journalists from countries that have issues with free media to self-actualize in the field and learn to work with information at home.

As a reminder, the scholarship was previously awarded to journalist, investigator, and documentarist Kateryna Lykhoglyad; editor and presenter of the investigation TV program "Schemes. Corruption in Details" Nataliya Sedletska; BBC correspondent Olha Malchevska; ART TV presenter Safiye Ablyaeva; Ukrainian journalist and "Laboratory Iceland" author Yaroslava Kutsai; journalist Glib Zhavoronkov; Crimean journalist Davyd Akselrod; and The Kyiv Independent cultural reporter Artur Kornienko.

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