This effort builds on our earlier work and leverages the existing relationship and public prominence of the RSC, both institutionally and individually.
We are also broadening our network of media contacts and our activities help to provide new opportunities for cross-border cooperation and collaboration between media professionals and media outlets in Armenia and Turkey. More specifically, RSC media support activities include four specific goals: (1) to elevate the level of discourse by providing more serious analytical content, (2) deepen and expand the scale and scope of media coverage, (3) to correct and counter inaccurate or stereotypical media coverage and (4) to facilitate closer cooperation and collaboration between Armenian and Turkish media professionals, with a specific focus on columnists, TV talk show hosts, pundits, “experts,” and other “opinion-makers” and “opinion-shapers” in each country.
This activity also expands coverage by focusing on new and alternative media avenues, such as professional and academic journals, electronic news agencies, social network groups and blogs, aimed at broadening our audience being the traditional print and television media. In terms of outputs, the media support effort is driven by two distinct goals. The first goal is the most obvious, and aims to attain an increase in the number of interviews, published analyses and television media coverage, with an effective mechanism to quantify and measure the outputs. Second, we seek to forge better collaboration and cooperation between Turkish and Armenian media outlets, aimed at capacity-building based on mutual interest and professional development. And third, we also seek to better bridge coverage and cooperation between and among national and local media outlets (Turkish and Armenian), domestic and international media outlets, and alternative, on-line electronic media outlets and professional journals and publications.
Taking into account the polarized nature of the Turkish media, we have been careful to balance our activities on two levels: first, by working with print media, television and alternative, electronic news outlets and, second, by cooperating with both pro-government and opposition media. Further, our planned outcome for media support efforts include a demonstrable and measurable degree of deeper analytical content on a wider range of issues beyond the limited scope of only Armenia-related issues. These issue areas will include wider analytical material for developments in the region, well beyond the context of Armenia or the genocide issue, such as the implications from the Kurdish issue, Syria, the nuclear deal with Iran, as well Azerbaijan, Georgia and Nagorno Karabakh, and also the wider region, such as EU engagement and US-Turkish relations, for example.
Ms. Arpine Aleksanyan and Ms. Sona Baloyan from Yerevan, from “Matenadaran” Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, were supported with the travel grant to visit Istanbul, Turkey for meetings with the Armenian Patriarchate, Armenian high schools, foundations and publishing houses to discuss possibilities of further collaboration on preserving the Armenian culture.