Today’s journalists rely increasingly on social media tools to produce and distribute information. The role of social newsgathering has become very important in discovering content. The opportunities presented by these tools are apparently endless but they come with concrete ‘ethical concerns’. To address these concerns IREX organized a conference on ‘Social Media and Ethics’ on 17 Mar’14.

“IREX helped us to buy cameras and other technical equipment to improve quality of live streaming and also supported our team to increase professional capacity by organizing range of trainings…Without having IREX support Kanal13 won’t be able to survive but not develop.  Thank you, IREX! “, said Anar Orujev, a head of Kanal 13.


Alumni Speed Networking Event provided an opportunity for recent exchange program alumni to network and mingle with older alumni whose professional expertise, career advice, and industry knowledge are invaluable to future generations.

With constant changes in social media settings and best practices, it’s important to update your training regularly. Therefore, IREX  conducts a series of Social Media workshops by Dan Mason for number of civil society organizations.

Visiting of Shirvanshakh museum and dressing up in the Azerbaijani national costumers helped the IREX team to break ice and know each other better. It was the most creative team building activity and our message to the world: “We are proud to work in IREX Azerbaijan!”


Our audience at “Girl Rising” movie screening. The movie tells the stories of girls face heartbreaking injustices. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change.

IREX Azerbaijan hosted “Girl Rising” movie screening in Baku and regions of Azerbaijan and raised awareness on a movement for girls’ education. The movie tells the stories  how educating girls can change the world make a difference.


Finalists of the 2013 Global UGRAD program share hopes, goals, and expectations of their program at the Pre-Departure Orientation (June 25, 2013).

In the frame of International Girls in ICT Day on April 25, 2013 twenty three girls from different regions of Azerbaijan had a study tour at the Post Management Office under Ministry of Communications and Information technologies.

ECA alumni of program administered by IREX Azerbaijan (UGRAD and Muskie) and American Councils Azerbaijan (FLEX) marked the 2013 Global Youth Service Day by conducting a seaside clean up in Sumqayit (April, 2013).

Alumni Book Club members gathered in March 2013 to discuss “The Art of Loving,” a classic book by a psychologist and social philosopher Erich Fromm.

UGRAD program alumna Nargiz Guliyeva conducted an Essay Writing Workshop for applicants of the 2013-2014 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program at the US-Azerbaijan Education Center (January, 2013).

IREX Azerbaijan conducted Storytelling training in February 2013. A number of these workshops were held by international trainer Karon Coates. About 50 participants took part in the training. Two-day workshop was held in Baku School of Journalism for students majoring in journalism.

To meet the standards of 21st century journalist was a goal of Data Mapping and Online Journalism workshops by Dan Mason, an international consultant and trainer from the U.K.  During the workshops WordPress, Google, Audacity, Picasa tools were taught to journalists in order to uncover the secrets of the online world.

Practical work of “Camera as Voice” training participants on the streets of Mingachavir. More than 110 girls from different regions of Azerbaijan through 2011 to 2013 were trained to make her digital stories during a series of workshops delivered by IREX Azerbaijan.

Young Azerbaijani women with an interest in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) celebrated their achievements at a special conference in Baku on April 25th 2013, entitled “Girls in ICT Day”. After the conference they visited Public TV for a study tour.


IREX Social Media Ethics Conference

Whatever the story, big or small, local or international, today’s journalists rely increasingly on social media tools to produce and distribute information. The role of social newsgathering has become very important in discovering content,...
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Online Streaming Workshop

On 3 March IREX started Online Streaming workshops. Dachi Grdzelishvili, a New Media Senior Manager from IREX Georgia, taught local organizations how to find all the tools they needed to stream video live to...
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Nigar Iskandarova

Joined IREX family in 2006. Financial Coordinator. Works with financial documentation. Provides assistance to a full range of financial services, oversee HR activities She has 12 years work experience in national and international NGOs. ...
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Professional Development in Geneva

My first year anniversary of working at IREX was awarded by a trip to Geneva for my professional development. According to general IREX rules, all employees are eligible once a year to get funds...
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Now Accepting Applications for UGRAD 2014!

The Government of the United States of America is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) in Eurasia and Central Asia. The deadline for this application is 5pm, February 28,...
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Developing Youth Empowerment

This Project Smile project was designed for young women aged 15-21 to help them discover new horizons for their future life. It’s been a true pleasure to make this project happen. Why? Initially, when I...
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Bringing hope to the orphanages

A week after I applied for Project Smile, I was awarded a grant in the amount of $300 to implement my project, “Hope”. The aim of the project was very simple: to visit orphans,...
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