CFC Big Ideas will conduct two media workshops on Investigating Corruption and Fact-checking for Uzbek journalists in terms of USAGM (US Agency for Global Media) in Samarkand from September 6-9 and in Tashkent from September 11-14. Trainers Oleg Khomenok, Navbahor Imamova and Ken Holder will lead training sessions, practical exercises, and discussions with experts to build Uzbek journalists’ capacity to recognize manipulated information and fake news, fact-check and verify texts, photos, and videos, conduct journalistic investigations, and protect journalists’ sources and witnesses.
This hands-on training concludes USAGM’s one-year media project on Business Journalism in Uzbekistan. The previous three training sessions were focused on improving journalists’ understanding of ethical reporting, business terminology, economic indicators, and sources of reliable information, as well as skills in analysis of financial data, finding stories behind numbers, and storytelling in business, economics, and finance.
Journalists need all these skills, as the United States will be working closely with Uzbekistan’s Anti-Corruption Agency, assisting in its efforts to push for laws on financial disclosure and greater measures to ensure accountability and transparency in the country.
In total, about 120 journalists have attended workshops on Business Journalism in Uzbekistan. CFC Big Ideas went to Tashkent, Ferghana, and Samarkand to organize the workshops by arranging everything required for success of the events — from inviting trainees and recommending hotels to the trainers to arranging logistics for the training participants.