Moldova: what is the best way for NGOs and journalists to become friends in the child’s best interest?

Source: The Alliance of Active NGOs in the Field of Social Protection of Family and Child from the Republic of Moldova (APSCF)  

How often do NGOs organize public events and mass media representatives would not come because not interested in the subject? How often mass-media asks from NGOs life stories, emphasizing the vulnerability of the child or family and exposing too much their identity? What is the best way for NGOs and journalists to become friends in the child’s best interest?

These and many other questions have been raised by APSCF during a seminar organized on April 25, 2016 within the project United Voices for Children financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through WorldVision Germany and AgroInvest Serbia.

Communication officers from 10 NGOs members of APSCF had the opportunity to explore the enigmas of the journalism day to day life, being guided by the journalist and communication expert Sorina Stefarta. A special attention has been given to the strategic communication and to media events planning, implementation and evaluation. The participants had the opportunity to learn more about the press-release, reportage, interview, feature and human story. The practical part of the seminar was dedicated to the press-release preparation, taking into consideration both the project and donor’s requirements and the tricks and tips to make it attractive for the media.

This month APSCF members are actively involved in the preparation of the Shadow Report to the UN Child Rights Convention to be presented as an alternative point of view in respect to the State Report already presented to the CRC Committee. During the last 3 months, 5 consultation meetings have been organized to discuss with NGOs (members and non members) about real achievements of the Republic of Moldova during 2009-2014. After gathering all the needed information and data, the final version of the Shadow Report will have a final consultation with all members of APSCF and will be presented to the UN Committee.

APSCF (Alliance of active NGOs in the field of social protection and family) is a ChildPact member, the Moldavian partner of the “United Voices for Children” project and counts 89 NGOs distributed all over the country.