Representative office of the International
organization Internews Network in Kazakhstan
Internews Kazakhstan - is a representative office of
the international noncommercial organization Internews Network:
Promotes development of independent television,
radio and Internet in countries with developing democracies;
Produces and disseminates innovative television
programs on internal and international topics;
Uses electronic mass media as a tool to resolve
national and international conflicts.
Internews Network has representative offices in
countries of the world (including majority of CIS and Central Asian
countries). Headquarters are based of the organization is based in
Arcata, State of California, USA.
The first project of Internews in Kazakhstan was
program of professional training of employees of television
stations. Training seminars on basics of production of television
stories (first similar seminar was held in Almaty in the summer of
1992) were organized.
Eight television stations of the country in 1995
received a technical grant - set of professional equipment for
production of local information programs from USAID.
In 1998 Internews conducted first seminars for
journalists, working on air in Kazakh language, and now makes
serious efforts in order to raise creative level of information
programs in state language (it produces the television magazine
“Aina” in cooperation with regional television companies in Russian
and Kazakh languages, which is distributed among independent
television companies of Kazakhstan for airing free of charge).
In 1998 Internews began a new project - field
seminars-consultations: group of professional specialists arrives to
local station and, having familiarized themselves with the state of
affaires, analyzes its activity, and then develops recommendations
and begins practical training of staff. Such seminars-consultations
were conducted on television and radio companies “Otyrar”
(Shymkent), “Alau” (Kostanay), “RIKA TV” (Aktobe), “TVK-6 Baywakov”
(Semipalatinsk), Channel 31 (Almaty) and etc.
Training programs of Internews Kazakhstan introduce
professionals to the western methods of work, simultaneously
considering national and cultural peculiarities. Besides trainings
for journalists, cameramen and editors, Internews has introduced in
practice training of managers of various levels, specialists on sale
of advertising time, advertisement production, engineers,
specialists on computer graphics and others working in television
and radio companies. By today Internews in Kazakhstan has conducted
about 60 training courses and seminars. More than 700 individuals
gained knowledge in various spheres, connected with activity of
television and radio.
Internews Kazakhstan provides legal assistance to
non-state television and radio companies in the form of
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Internews’ lawyer travels to fields in problematic situations in
order to study a situation and develop recommendations.
Internews Kazakhstan actively participates in
development of alternative draft-laws, discussion of existing
practice of regulating activity of mass media, organizes various
seminars and conferences, develops methodic and training manuals on
legal aspects of mass media activity.
Since 1998 Internews Kazakhstan issues weekly
«Internews electronic bulletin»,
which is disseminated among more than 200 subscribers by e-mail.
Since 1999 Internews Kazakhstan with financial
support of Eurasia foundation and contribution of the US Agency of
International Development (USAID) issues monthly informational
analytical bulletin «Legislation and practice of Kazakhstans mass
media» (print and
electronic versions). In this collection a reader can find useful
information, texts of laws and legislative acts, comments of our
lawyers and mass media experts to them. The bulletin is being
addressed to mass media, publishers, journalists, professionals,
scientists, as well as those, who are interested in and should know
processes that are taking place in the mass media sector (officials,
From the very beginning of its existence Internews
office provides support to independent producers and journalists in
production of programs and telecasts, which are then passed for
airing to non-state stations free of charge.
In cooperation with partners in Uzbekistan,
Kyrgyzstan and Tadzhikistan, Internews Kazakhstan produces and
passes to television companies of Central Asia for airing the
television magazine «Open Asia».