2012

Monitoring of Print Media during Parliamentary Elections in 2012

In spring 2012 Armenian Public Relations Association implemented the project “Monitoring of Print Media during Parliamentary Elections in 2012”. The monitoring has been conducted in the framework of the project “Support to the Two Electoral Circles in Armenia” funded by EU and implemented by OSCE. The project duration was two and a half months: from 14.03.12 to 31.05.12.
The overall goal of the project was to find out how Armenian print media covered parliamentary elections with a view to assessing the true picture of print media pluralism.
The more specific objective of the monitoring project was to explore:
• If the print media complied with the provisions of the laws on media and elections;
• To what degree the print media respected the professional norms and standards and the principle of full and impartial news coverage of political topics in general, and of elections (comprehensive, objective and balanced attitude, reliance on several sources, etc) or violated them (doctoring reports, taking things out of context, quoting only one source, adding a commentary to a news item, intentionally ignoring an event or affair, etc).
• If the access to the print media was equalled for pro-government and opposition candidates;
• How pro-governmental, opposition and neutral print media provided information to the voters about different candidates and parties and if they provide enough information for an informed choice;
16 national newspapers (Golos Armenii, Novoe Vremya, Irates de facto, Azg, Iravunk, Hayots Ashkharh, Haykakan Zhamanak, Yerkir, Zhamanak, Zhoghovurd, Chorrord Ishkhanutyun, Hraparak, 168 Zham, Aravot, Hayatsk, Orakargl) has been monitored during the 2 months.
All materials and articles have been analyzed by more than twenty quantitative and qualitative indicators. This gave a possibility to classify and analyze the materials according to their genre, raised issues, nature of title, attitudes of the author and/or editorial staff, as well as by the attitudes of the newspaper towards certain powers involved in political processes and character of references connected with them.
You may download the report of the monitoring here.

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Promoting Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities in Armenia: Women in Local Democracy

Armenian PR Association with the support of UNDP implements a project “Strengthening Capacity and Knowledge of Civil Society and the Media to Engage in Constructive Dialogue on Gender and Democratic Governance and to Promote Non-Stereotyped Portrayal of Females and Males” aimed to increase attention and susceptibility of society to gender issues, contributes involvement in constructive dialog between civil society and mass media, thereby stimulates promotion of non-stereotyped attitudes towards women. Main objectives of the project are
• Strengthen knowledge and capacity of civil society and the media to professionally present issues on gender equality, participatory governance, and social inclusion/exclusion, as well as promote constructive non-stereotyped dialogue on roles of women and men.
• Promote constructive, open and vibrant public discourse and opinion sharing both at local and national levels with regards to issues related to gender equality, equal opportunities, exclusion/inclusion, and democratic governance through various media tools including the web-based ones.
APRA organised “Gender Mainstreaming and Sensitization: Gender Sensitive Journalism” training courses for online, print and broadcast media representatives with particular attention to regional TVs and «PR for NGOs» training course for representatives of those NGOs who act in the field of gender issues. In addition three TV programs about three communities and their woman Mayors were shot and broadcasted by three regional TV channels. One TV talk show was shot and broadcast in the framework of one of the most popular TV programs “Live Journal” by Armenia TV. Besides special group and page were created on facebook where WiLD project updates, links to the thematic articles, videos and other materials were posted and discussions conducted.
In Autumn 2012 Media monitoring of online versions of six printed media, six TV channels and five talk-shows was conducted for two months the main goal of which was to assess to what extent and in which ways the genders, gender relations and gender issues are represented in Armenian media coverage. The monitoring report is attached.

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«National youth aspirations survey»

From September 2011 to May 2012 APRA and R-insights research and consulting LLC implemented the « National youth aspirations survey». The survey was funded by United Nations Development Program and aimed at identification of youth aspirations, including their values, aims, goals, as well as the ambitions in main social institutions such as family, education, employment, as well as political, social and cultural life of the country. To cover the research objectives and to test hypothesis quantitative face-to-face interviews with 1200 representatives of 16-30 age group, 12 focus group (FG) discussions with 16-30 age group representatives, and 18 expert interviews with independent experts, stakeholders (policy makers and implementers, monitoring implementers etc.) methods and tools has been conducted. The second part of the project was devoted to a popularization of the survey results and developed recommendations by large involvement of mass media as well as experts of youth issues, national stakeholders, NGOs, international organizations, active youths and etc. For validation of the results and development of recommendations after the implementation of the survey four public debates was organized in different marzes of Armenia.
The report is attached.

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