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On the first day of Lviv Media Forum, a new winner of the Oleksandr Kryvenko Prize “For Progress in Journalism” was announced. This is already the fifteenth laureate of the Prize. This year, “Kapitula Postupu” organization awarded the prize to a public figure, journalist, publicist, editor-in-chief of the Internet newspaper “Zbruch” – Orest Drul.
“Orest Drul is the last active editor from the generation of dissidents and self-publishers of the Ukrainian media, to whom we owe the legendary “Yevshan-zillia” almanac, “Postup” newspaper, “PostPostup” weekly, “Misto. Polis” magazine. His long path in the media industry has brought him to the creation of a unique civilization project – the Internet newspaper “Zbruch”, which has become an intellectual platform for new discourses and thus a source of new senses. Being of Galician nature in its essence, it continues to push Ukraine through on the global scene,” Zurab Alasania, head of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine, commented so on the figure of the winner.
The Prize for Progress in Journalism was established by “Kapitula Postupu” organization. The latter consists of friends and colleagues of a well-known journalist and editor Oleksandr Kryvenko, who tragically died on April 9, 2003. Traditionally, the Kryvenko Prize awarding ceremony is accompanied by a Liberty Lecture. This year’s lecture was delivered by historian Ihor Kozlovskyi, who was released from the captivity of the so-called “DNR”.
We shall recall that the Prize “For Progress in Journalism” is awarded annually in May as a commemoration of Oleksandr Kryvenko’s birthday. The awarding ceremony has been conducted within the framework of Lviv Media Forum since 2013. In recent years, the prize has been awarded to Ukrainian journalists and editors Serhiy Rakhmanin, Volodymyr Ariev, Serhiy Leshchenko, Vakhtang Kipiani, Olena Prytula, Mustafa Nayyem, Yuliia Mostova, Kostiantyn Usov, Oleksa Shalaiskyi, Kristina Berdynskykh, Levko Stek, Natalka Sedletska, Roman Vintoniv, as well as a Polish journalist and diplomat Marcin Wojciechowski.
VI Lviv Media Forum has begun. The main topic of the largest media event of the country in 2018 is “When Everything Becomes Media.”
According to the director of the Lviv Media Forum, Ostap Protsyk, when preparing for this year’s event, the team of organizers have been pondering on how to be directly engaged in the education of journalists.
“This year, a legendary Lviv journalist Andriy Kviatkovskyi passed away, and our colleague Yevhen Hlibovytskyi came up with a public initiative to create a fund in his memory. This fund will cover the tuition fees of one student of the Ukrainian Catholic University who will be selected by a specially created Cathedral chapter. So the Lviv Media Forum is going to join this fund,” informed Ostap Protsyk.
Associate Professor of UCU Journalism School Ihor Balynskyi has also announced today’s Oleksandr Kryvenko Prize “For Progress in Journalism” awarding ceremony. Today, at 17:30, within the framework of the Lviv Media Forum, the prize will be awarded for the fifteenth time.
The main theme of the largest media event of the country in 2018 is “When Everything Becomes Media”. Traditionally, Lviv Media Forum has gathered about 850 participants, including 112 speakers from 17 countries of the world.
“It is very important for us to ensure that such events as LMF develop. The media industry is constantly facing various challenges – you are aware of them even better than we are,” Hugues Mingarelli, EU Ambassador to Ukraine, addressed the participants of the Lviv media forum. “In particular, these are fake news, information attacks, the crash of the traditional media models, the issues of security of various media platforms. Media are also facing political pressure, so it’s important for us to support independent media. One of the key features of media in Ukraine is the development of investigative journalism. These journalists are doing what the law enforcement agencies of Ukraine are failing to do. We support this trend as well. Just like your country’s fight against its cancer – corruption.”
Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi has urged journalists, the participants of the Lviv Media Forum not to be afraid to tell the truth, “This Forum is special: there is an atmosphere of trust here, and you are the ones creating this atmosphere. I have always treated journalists as people knowing their vocation. And one must have a great courage not to be afraid to tell the truth. So I have one important request to you all – never be afraid to speak the truth, no matter how hard it is.”
At this year’s Forum there will be discussions and presentations within the framework of several thematic directions – digital media, investigation, content, politics, monetization. Among the innovations of LMF-2018, there are discussions on football journalism, state communications, and a panel on educational and grant opportunities for the media and journalists.
VI Lviv Media Forum is organized with the support of the Visegrad Fund, the National Endowment for Democracy, the EU Delegation to Ukraine, the US Embassy in Ukraine. The general partner of the event is investment company Dragon Capital. The organizers of the event – NGO Lviv Media Forum and the UCU School of Journalism. The Forum takes place under the auspices of the Lviv City Council.