July 18, 2019
On July 15, an opening ceremony of the 2019 Central Asian Journalism Summer Institute (CAJSI) took place at AUCA. The project is a part of the Central Asia Journalism Program funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center in partnership with the American University of Central Asia.
The Summer Institute brought together 40 early-career journalists and journalism students throughout the Central Asian countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and a few journalists from Afghanistan.
Brian Stimmler Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, Aizhana Dzhumalieva Academic Director of the Journalism department at AUCA, Lydia Hamilton Program Officer of Meridian International Center, and Andrew Kuchins AUCA President warmly welcomed students of CAJSI 2019.
During a month, participants will be able to develop skills in data journalism, digital media, social media, and storytelling areas. The program will also strengthen participants' knowledge of ethics in journalism, source verification, and disinformation. The Summer Institute is open to participants from across Central Asia and aims to develop a cross-regional network of Central Asian independent journalists and media organizations.