Cooperation for innovation: Lizzie Powell shared her experience for BBC in mobile journalism

On February 10, Lizzie Powell, a lecturer of film, television and digital production at Bath Spa University (UK), brought together students and teachers of journalism from 12 Ukrainian universities online, spreading to new regional centers of journalism education. The DESTIN team masters innovative practices and facilitates, the exchange of experiences.

The coordinator of the DESTIN project, the head of European project development, and a professor at Bath Spa University, Ian Gadd, focused on the development of democracy in Ukraine and the transformation of journalism with the participation of universities.

“With the help of the DESTIN project, we can share experiences and gain new knowledge from colleagues from partner universities, namely Bath Spa University”, said Professor Volodymyr Rizun, director of the Institute of Journalism Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

During the master class, Lizzie Powell, who has 20 years of experience in the BBC radio and television news department, discussed the issues of classical and “mobile” information, discussed the advantages and disadvantages of mobile journalism, including horizontal and vertical shooting, features of composing the text of news, etc. “The advantage of MOJO − mobile journalism − is the close proximity to events, the use of other approaches to the plot and questioning, as well as accessibility, efficiency, speed, easy upload to social networks”, − said Lizzie Powell. The speaker answered all the questions of the audience and advised to pay attention to details, to establish good relations with the people about whom journalists film the report. After the event, all participants received certificates of participation in the international event.

The opportunity for the scientific community to learn from the BBC came from the synergy of two projects: the EU Erasmus Plus DESTIN project “Journalism Education for Democracy in Ukraine: Building Standards, Integrity and Professionalism” and the MediaHub project, supported by the Media Development Fund of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. The event was held on the basis of Mariupol State University.