• The School of Advanced Journalism announces the second stage of admission

    Do you have higher education and ambition? Are you curious? Do you want a career in journalism? If yes, come to the School of Advanced Journalism (SAJ), and you will have the chance to become one of the best in the field. To enroll in our school, you don’t need any experience in journalism – all you need is a lot of desire, courage, perseverance, curiosity, and patience.

    In ten months (that is the duration of studies at the SAJ), you will learn to write the best news stories, edit interviews for radio, film and edit the most interesting TV reports, participate together with colleagues in the production and editing of a local newspaper. The School will provide all the necessary equipment: voice recorder, photo and video cameras, a personal computer. You will have the chance to work in a real editorial office.

    You will work together and along with the best journalists from the country and from abroad. From Vasile Butnaru you will learn the secret of the best radio material. Vitalie Dogaru and Diana Raileanu will teach you what a news story is and what questions it must answer. With Nicolae Pojoga you will discover the world of photography. Dumitru Marian will teach you to film, and Dorin Scobioala will tell you how to do the best stand-up. Angela Ivanesi will open to you the door to the world of media design, and you will learn to lay out a newspaper page.

    Liliana Barbarosie will tell you about key words in an online article, from Oxana Iutes you will learn to do the best TV report, and Alina Radu will make you see what it feels like to be an investigative reporter. Alina Turcanu and Sorina Stefarta will bring you the latest national and foreign political news, Vladimir Bolea will tell you about world economy, and Anatolie Cislaru will tell you how to “humanize” figures in business news. Towards the end of the year, from Lilia Curchi you will learn how to write reports about the environment, and Petru Macovei will teach you to produce the best local newspaper.

    Are you intrigued? Don’t hesitate – fill your personal file in and come to the SAJ right now!

    Files can be submitted by June 30, 2016, at 17.00, and they must contain:

    • CV
    • Form (download)
    • Motivation letter
    • Three journalistic materials (not necessarily published), or you can write an essay on a free topic
    • Two recommendations
    • Copy of the graduate degree diploma (2016 graduates can submit a certificate from their educational institution confirming that they are in their last year of study)
    • Copy of the identity card

    Files can be submitted at the SAJ office at the following address: no. 49/4 Tighina Street (3rd floor); or you can email them at vmarinATscoaladejurnalismDOT.md (* replace AT with “@” and DOT with “.”).

    For further details regarding admission, please contact: Veronica Marin - telephone:, 079909414

    Come to write your success story together with us!

  • Public presentation of final works, a challenge successfully passed by SAJ students

    A difficult, interesting work, with lots of challenges and emotions. These words characterize the three weeks when the students of the School of Advanced Journalism prepared their final projects. On May 26 and 27, the works were presented before a commission of media experts. Of the 14 students, four produced TV reports, five tried their powers online, four chose the newspaper, and one student made a radio report.

    The topics chosen for final works were diverse, but they all focused on social themes. Iurii Botnarenco informed us about new provisions of the anti-tobacco law and told us about the places where people won’t be able to smoke after May 31 and what punishments await those who will not abide by the rules. Stela Boico spoke with several young mothers and found out what they do and what they are passionate for besides taking care of their children. Ecaterina Mihalachi told us the stories of some Moldovans who managed to develop successful businesses in Moldova after working for years abroad. From her we found out in what Moldovan village they make the tastiest Italian pastry, “canoncini,” and where you can buy microfiltered water. Petru Garciu teleported us to Gagauzia and revealed the secrets of Gagauz people. From him, we learned how they make the tastiest traditional pie, “cavarma,” what a “ciotra” is, and how traditional Gagauz carpets are woven.

    Student Lia Ciutac spoke about rural tourism, which stimulates the development of local businesses. Liliana Croitor explained the meaning of traditional Moldovan carpets. Veronica Tabureanu made a journalistic investigation about the landfill at the outskirts of the town of Cantemir, which pollutes wells in the area and is a real danger for residents. Elena Furdui tried to find out if other ethnic groups and religious confessions that live in our country have the tradition of gifts in the memory of deceased relatives. Tatiana Lujanskaya reminded us about the carcinogenic danger of slate. Anastasia Pojoga found out why children with disabilities are disliked by drivers. And Olimpia Begleta wrote an article about how disability can be transformed into ability.

    The most interesting and intriguing final projects were produced by students Irina Gusan, Natalia Ghetu, and Svetlana Parfeni. Irina spoke about the villagers who refuse to work; Natalia discovered fakes that are worn on Victory day; and Svetlana told us about employment opportunities for the blind.

    The commission found that all works more or less met journalistic requirements. They were assessed by taking into consideration such criteria as timeliness, accuracy, objectivity, originality, fairness, lack of bias, and impartiality.

    SAJ students were pleased with results. For many of them, the final project was a very useful experience that will help them in their future work. Veronica Tabureanu said that the final work was for her a real life lesson: “I saw again that journalism demands much patience and work.”

    For Olimpia Begleta the final work was “the culmination of studies at the SAJ.” “I am grateful to trainers for having helped me gain knowledge throughout the year,” she said. Elena Furdui confessed that although the work was difficult, it was very interesting and pleasant. “If I were to choose again where to study, I’d return to the School of Advanced Journalism,” she said.

    Iurii Botnarenco, who acted as reporter and cameraman for his report, and also did sound recording and editing, is proud of his work. He is sure that the experience of these three weeks, as well as what he heard from the commission, will help him a lot in the future. “I accepted the challenge and succeeded,” he concluded.

    The School of Advanced Journalism is a project of the Independent Journalism Center in Chisinau in partnership with the Missouri School of Journalism, USA, and the Center for Training and Improvement of Journalists in Paris, France. The SAJ was launched on September 4, 2006, with the purpose of preparing universal journalists for Moldovan mass media. Currently, the SAJ is holding the second phase of admission. Details about admission procedure and criteria can be found here.

  • Mariana Balaban: ”At SAJ I learned from the best professionals in the industry, I met brilliant colleagues, and I had memorable experiences””

    I decided to get into the School because although I worked in television, my background was in law and not in journalism. Since what I did in television was rather intuitive, I wanted to gain knowledge and eventually develop my career in this industry.

    I remember perfectly how a colleague from work, who was a graduate of the School, used to scare me that I had incredibly difficult things ahead and that I would have to forget about my life for that year. Well, it wasn’t so. Not only did I not forget about my life, but I lived it with great intensity.

    Professionals, without modesty, the best journalists from Moldova (and some from Romania), generously shared their experience and knowledge with us. There were no barriers between professors and students, like there are at the university. Classes felt like friendly discussions, where we asked questions, exercised, played, and learned.

    I will never forget the emotions I had when presenting homework in front of everyone and the pride I felt about the work I did with so much pleasure. I liked having to stay until later in the evening at the school so as to finish a project with my colleagues, who are simply genial, and our coordinators Victor and Iulia used to put up with our whims.

    I don’t know exactly who came up with the concept of this school, but I want to thank them. The SAJ is a proof that you can learn more journalism in a year than others learn in three years at the university. The big advantage is that you deal with professionals who actually practice what they teach you and that you learn from them, not from dust-covered textbooks. You learn exactly what you need, not useless theories. You learn by practicing, and not behind the desk.

  • Olga Tiganescu: ”“School ended, but the daily routine remained: I read news every morning and seek information from several sources to find the truth””

    I’ve read some graduates’ impressions about how they accidentally or not accidentally got into the School of Advanced Journalism. I am one of those people who from their first year at the university wanted to study here. Why? Because I heard lots of good things about this school, and I felt that if I got there, I’d have the possibility to be part of what they call Professionalism, Quality, Image.

    When I became student, I realized that in order to graduate with a good diploma I must work, because the school’s trademark was visible in everything: renowned trainers, great possibilities, ease of access to the sources that were closed even to some journalists.

    In 10 months we became a family of journalists who were trying to identify problems and solutions. We became the fourth power that our acquaintances could appeal to. We tried to explain simple things that had a major impact for some groups. We were a real editorial office that searched for answers day by day.

    What I did after graduation? First, I recommended everyone to go through the School of Advanced Journalism.

    School ended, but the daily routine remained: I read news every morning and seek information from several sources to find the truth.

    What do I recommend to those who are reading this? If you feel that journalism is something that can make you an accomplished person, come to learn doing real journalism, fair and objective.


Success stories

”At SAJ I learned from the best professionals in the industry, I met brilliant colleagues, and I had memorable experiences”
“School ended, but the daily routine remained: I read news every morning and seek information from several sources to find the truth”
"Seven years after graduation, I can say that this experience changed my career path, and I don’t regret it one bit "