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    • BCSP researchers were learning how to write a good column

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    • Date: 17 June 2014
      What can be a good reason to write a column, what is the best way to argument your opinions and to whom you should refer it – those were the questions discussed during the training which Ivan Jovanovic, an editor of daily Blic, held to BCSP research team.
      Editor in daily Blic Ivan Jovanovic explains BCSP researchers how to write a good column
      Editor in daily Blic Ivan Jovanovic explains BCSP researchers how to write a good column

      During the training, held in the BCSP library on 17 June, the editor of daily Blic daily and author of numerous columns introduced BCSP researchers with technique of writing good column. Besides, he analysed columns that researchers previously sent to him.  Jovanovic stated that they were very good, that each of them had an interesting cause, but also that all missed at least one element in order to be perfect for publishing.

      I expected some boring topics,  not important for many people, but I got totally opposite. Topics that BCSP researchers are dealing with are very important for our society, so I expect many interesting columns. This training exceeded my expectations, since there were a lot of two-way communication, and I have also learned a lot from the researchers, said Jovanovic.

      Editor explained to BCSP researchers what is a column, and pointed out main conditions for writing one - cause, opinion and an address where you refer a proposed solution.  He discussed with researchers what is the best way for expressing opinions in columns.  Also, they were talking about writing style and headlines. BCSP researchers concluded that the training will be very useful for their future work.

      I believe it is very important to know how to send  messages to citizens in a most effective way. That is why the training was so important. We had a chance to hear practical advices from experienced column writer, but also theoretical advices on how to write a good column. It was especially useful to analyse our own texts and to spot mistakes that can decrease effectiveness of ideas that are to be shared with public, said BCSP researcher Bojan Elek.

      The training is held within the project Partnership for integrity in Security Sector in Serbia, whose realization is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Civil Society Forward Program managed by Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC).
      Text translated by BCSP intern Katarina Cezek.
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