Georgia’s journalists have undergone media training for nearly 20 years, but whether or not that instruction is making for better news coverage remains open to debate. Despite the millions of dollars spent on improving the quality of Georgian reporting, no clear way to judge the effectiveness of training programs exists.
While major donors like the European Union, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF) acknowledge difficulties in promoting media reform – ranging from politicized news coverage to the lack of a commercially sustainable market -- they argue that marked progress in media standards has occurred.
A charter of journalist ethics, the creation of media associations to defend journalists’ rights and the emergence of independent film studios and one news magazine, Liberali, are among the breakthroughs cited.
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Editor’s Note: Molly Corso is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.