WRITER: PANKHURY BATRA
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: July 29, 2002
Kazakhstan broadcast journalists to visit eastern Iowa through CIVIC
members of Kazakhstan's broadcast media will visit Iowa City Aug. 1-6 to participate
in a program about how to better cover sensitive government issues such as
corruption and opposition politics in their television programming.
The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) will host Saltanat
Askerbekkyzy, Vladimir Belyakov, Bekzhan Idrisov, Assel Satayeva, and Sergey
Yermolayev. They speak Kazakh, Persian, Russian and limited English and will
be accompanied by their interpreters, Maria Entchevich and Igor Leybzon.
Fewer available resources to provide professional journalistic training and
education than in the United States leave many Kazakh journalists unprepared
to cover the complex issues facing their country, according to Tom Baldridge,
CIVIC executive director.
"This visit will allow these broadcast journalists to develop reporting
skills that are important to avoid creation of an environment of self-censorship
and unbalanced reporting," Baldridge said.
The program will cover topics such as Western ethical principles of investigative
reporting, interviewing techniques, and fact-checking resources. The media
experts will meet with media non-governmental organizations (NGOs) experienced
in dealing with post-Soviet Republic journalists to learn of best practices
suited to an environment of limited resources and lack of quality educational
and technical training. They will also meet with government press officials
at all levels to obtain candid advice on the mutually beneficial, give-and-take
relationship between government and media.
Another important part of their eastern Iowa program involves observing how
small and medium-sized television stations maximize modestly budgeted weekly
programs. Plans are under way to meet with major TV network affiliates KGAN
and KCRG in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Aug. 5.
Kazakhstan is a country slightly less than four times the size of Texas and
is located in Central Asia, northwest of China. For more information on Kazakhstan,
visit the CIA World Factbook online at http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/
CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving and hosting international
visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person
basis. It is one of two such organizations in Iowa that accommodates the U.S.
Department of State's International Visitor Program (IVP). IVP is a professional
exchange program administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
of the U.S. Department of State.
CIVIC is part of UI International Programs, which consist of a number of
offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and
services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international
programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community
and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.
For more information and complete visitor itinerary, contact Tom Baldridge,
International Programs Executive Director, or CIVIC Office Coordinator, Marianne
Weiss, at 335-0351. The CIVIC office is in Room 38 of the UI International
Center, located at the south end of Ferson Avenue off Park Road.