In 2016, Cultural Vistas organized a high-level visitor program for Ukrainian journalists to help strengthen civil society in Ukraine, focused on the topic of press-government interaction. Participating journalists represented media from the national and regional levels, and included reporters from TV, online, print, and radio media outlets. Meetings took place with journalists from German news media such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, Radio Berlin Brandenburg, the Federal Press Conference, and Der Spiegel, as well as with government officials in the Bundestag, German Federal Press Office, and the Federal Foreign Office.
Following their time in Berlin, participants published articles and reported in their own media about press-government interaction in Germany. In addition, they held presentations for their colleagues on aspects of press-government interaction that could be applied in their work in Ukraine.
Following their return to Ukraine, a meeting was held between the journalists and government communications officials who had previously participated in Cultural Vistas’ Strategic Communication Workshop in Berlin in 2015. The journalists and government officials collectively developed suggestions for improving press-government interaction in Ukraine at the national and regional levels, including commitments from each participant to enact specific changes in their purview.
The Press-Government Interaction in Germany program was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and by the Embassy of the United States of America to Germany. Cultural Vistas administered the program with its Ukrainian partner, the International Centre for Policy Studies.