Supporting Ukrainian journalists to produce rigorous and balanced information of war in Ukraine
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With no resolution to the war sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in sight, Ukrainian journalists continue to be targeted and bear the brunt of the war on two counts, as both citizens and media professionals. Given this situation, the RFI Ukraine project and Yak Vodma (“like being at home” in Ukrainian), jointly organised by France Médias Monde (FMM) and CFI, provides them with support that guarantees the safety of the journalists and their families, together with an environment that is conducive to their continued independent and safe coverage of the conflict.

The aim of the project’s first component, Yak Vdoma, implemented by CFI, is to provide shelter to Ukrainian journalists exiled in Romania and their families by offering them material, financial, logistical and psychosocial support, as well as training and an environment in which these journalists can work.

The second component, jointly implemented by France Médias Monde (FMM) and its subsidiary RFI România, consists of providing Ukrainian content and strengthen the Russian FMM offer, with 17 Ukrainian journalists being hired and trained to produce content that covers the conflict and its regional impact.

During 3 months, I had the opportunity to stay in my profession and be productive in Ukrainian journalism, despite the difficulties in the energy system and military operations in my country.
Julia Fomicheva, Ukrainian journalist

Project beneficiaries

- 30 Ukrainian journalists hosted to benefit from grants and training;
- 17 journalists hired and trained to work with RFI.

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Direct assistance for Ukrainian journalists living in exile

- Support to meet personal and professional needs: accommodation (including for families, where applicable), a daily living allowance and a grant for equipment;
- Psychosocial support: referrals to various humanitarian and consular organisations, personalised psychological support.

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“In the current conditions, it was even better than home”

March 16, 2023
Testimony of Julia Fomicheva, Ukrainian journalist who has just spent three months in the Yak Vdoma Residence in Bucharest (Romania).

Call for applications to join the Yak Vdoma residence in Bucharest

March 21, 2023
The Yak Vdoma residence is launching its third call for applications from independent Ukrainian journalists.

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Journalists explore the integration of Ukrainian refugees

June 22, 2023
On 30 and 31 May 2023, journalists from the Yak Vdoma residence travelled to Constanța in eastern Romania to meet civil society organisations...

Supporting Journalists and Media Organisations in Exile

September 22, 2023
The fifth Forum on Media Organisations in Exile was held in Hamburg on 12 and 13 September, organised by the Körber Stiftung foundation.

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September 28, 2023
From 18 to 22 September 2023, a team of journalists staying at the Yak Vdoma residence were joined by the project's coordinators and travelled to...

Enhancing the editorial and operational abilities of the journalists

- Training on fact-checking and combating disinformation, conflict-sensitive journalism, and digital and physical security;
- Providing extensive coaching to the Ukrainian journalists who will join the RFI Ukraine team and improving their professional skills.

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Misinformation surrounding the war in Ukraine

February 1, 2023
The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs visits Yak Vdoma, the residence set up by CFI for independent Ukrainian journalists in exile.

Digital security at the heart of the training programmes at Yak Vdoma Hub

April 4, 2023
The Yak Vdoma project beneficiaries and coordinators participated in a training programme on digital security run by the association Nothing2Hide...

Ukrainian journalists in times of war: the second year of fighting

April 20, 2023
On 21 March 2023, in partnership with the French Embassy in Romania and the French Institute in Bucharest, the Yak Vdoma Residence organised a...

Meeting between journalists and African delegations in Bucharest

July 19, 2023
On 4 July 2023, at the request of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Yak Vdoma residence welcomed a delegation of high-level experts...

Exchange of fact-checking experiences in Bucharest

August 7, 2023
On 1 and 2 August 2023, journalists at the Yak Vdoma Residence took part in a training course on fact-checking and OSINT, in partnership with...

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September 14, 2023
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Producing a greater volume of reliable content covering the conflict

- Creating a Ukrainian and Russian-language newsroom, with the recruitment of 17 Ukrainian journalists and managerial and technical staff;
- Developing a multilingual digital platform (Ukrainian and Russian);
- Supporting the journalistic output of Ukrainian journalists in exile and in residence.

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