Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)

Giorgi Kupatadze (left) and Beka Bajelidze at IWPR; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012.

I’m soooooooo pleased that Beka and IWPR invited me to participate in a 3-day workshop in Yerevan, Armenia in June. We’ll be conducting a workshop for 10 women from South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Georgia. Our goal is to empower these women to become advocates for women’s issues by teaching them to create stories in words and video for social media such as blogs and Facebook. Each participant will receive a simple camcorder, and I will teach them how to use this tool to tell interesting stories. I’ll also share some blogging tips based upon my experiences this past year. I LOVE this type of scholarship, which is commonly know as “participatory action research” because members of a community participate with a researcher in order to take action.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

5 Responses to Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)

  1. Liana Ayvazyan says:

    Hi. Keith
    I enjoy your excellent blog and your ability of quick plunging into the atnosphere of the Caucasean cityTbilisi. Good news – you will be in Yerevan in June. Please, let me know when. Can you stay here longer? There is possibility to organize a workshop, seminar or Summer school here. I wll try to find partners for that. Please, send me a message to my e-mail.

    • keithrkenney says:

      Hi Liana,

      I believe that Susanna Melo (my wife) and I will leave Tbilisi on June 21. The workshop in Yerevan is June 22-25. I believe we’ll return June 26. My arrangement with IWPR is that I’m not accepting any payment, but IWPR will pay all of the expenses for my wife and I. If you can arrange a workshop on June 26 or soon after, and if you can pay our expenses, including a return trip to Tbilisi, then I’ll do my best to help.

      Look forward to seeing you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Participatory action research in three days?!?! You have your work cut out for you Dad, but I know you can do it! Sounds like an amazing project!

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