Creative writing on startup and innovation themes: training for Armenian journalists – apply now


The EU4Business SMEDA project (‘Support to SME development in Armenia’) is linking up with the Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy and Goldsmiths University of London to organise a five-day training for Armenian journalists who are actively engaged in writing and story-telling on economic, business, high-tech, innovation and startup topics with local media outlets in Armenia. Interested journalists should apply by 4 October, 2017; the training will take place in the first half of October.

SMEDA is co-funded by the European Union as part of the EU4Business initiative and by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); it is implemented in Armenia by GIZ’s Private Sector Development in South Caucasus Programme.

Presenting economic issues to a general audience

The training on creative writing for journalists aims at improving and enhancing the capacities and skills of economic journalists to help them better and more efficiently to present economic topics to the general public and target audience. This should happen by creating interest towards new and rapidly growing innovation, high tech and startup ecosystems, through an engaging way of presenting relevant topics.

The training is broken down as follows:

•  Introductory day to assess existing problems, knowledge/skill gaps and define ways for improvement and enhancement of capacities (1 day)

•  Theory and international best practice, experience/techniques on writing stories and articles of economic and innovative nature in media outlets to engage and attract readers from a general audience (2-day workshop)

•  Practical training on creative writing with specific tasks for participants: each will prepare 5-10 articles within the areas of concern, followed by discussions and suggestions for improvements (2-day workshop)


Who can participate?

The competition is open to Armenian journalists who are actively engaged in writing about the private sector topics, such as economics, business, innovation, high-tech and startups, currently working for local media outlets or as independent freelance journalists.

Applicants need to have a good command of English.

Up to 12 journalists will be chosen to participate in the training.


Where to apply?

All interested journalists should apply by sending a Motivation Letter and CV to mentioning in the subject line: Training on Creative Writing.

The deadline for applications is 4 October, 2017 at 18:00. 


SMEDA opportunities

Download the call for applications