In Yalta, winners of the "Uniting the Community!" contest were awarded

The contest "Uniting the Community!", aimed at coverage of the best examples of self-organization of rural population, lasted 6 months and was held in 5 oblasts of Ukraine: Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Vinnytsya, Ivano-Frankivsk, and AR Crimea. The contest was initiated by the Swiss-Ukrainian Decentralization Support to Ukraine P (DESPRO) and implemented by Creative Association of Ukraine Mass Media "Slavuta".

The contents of stories sent to the contest include successful examples of how rural communities solve certain issues on their own (with or without support from the government), improve the quality of life.
Total, more than one hundred materials were sent to the contest, of which only 37 fully complied with the contest requirements. 6 winners were selected among them by the Expert Council of the Contest, which included representatives of such periodicals as "Mirror of the Week" and "Kontrakty.ua", portal "Public Space" and DESPRO experts. Besides, three periodicals were awarded, which took most active part in the contest and sent the largest number of high-quality materials. Seven more participants of the contest will receive incentive prizes from the contest organizers and members of the Expert Council of the contest. Also, they identified the materials which will be included in the presentation collection: there are 22 of them! Sumy oblast has been the most active in terms of the number of publications - almost a third of all publications received were from the Sumy mass media. The best quality materials were presented by Dnipropetrovsk, Sumy, and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts. We were impressed by the very high level of radio spots. The experts have also noted journalistic skills of the Crimeans: their ability to find creative idea and to present it in an interesting manner. As an example, the material concerning the creation of the ethnographic centre in Bahata Uschelyna village, (article "Ethnographic, rural, green tourism - wealth of culture and wealth of the village" by Ayder Adjimambetov, "Crimean News" agency).
Interestingly, most of the high-quality materials submitted for the contest were devoted to arrangement of public recreation places (parks, children's playgrounds and sports grounds, village clubs, etc.) - 9 out of 37 publications were dedicated to that issue. Quite often public activists focused their activities on addressing problems of water supply (8 publications) and integrated community development (7 publications). Other topics presented by the contest participants included: installation or repair of gas supply systems, street lighting, arrangement of first-aid points, organization of cultural events, arrangement and repair of kindergartens, development of ethnographic tourism, organization of fire brigades, agricultural sector development, infrastructure projects and energy efficiency projects.
Representatives of the media – contest winners, journalists who took prize-winning places, and contest experts were invited to participate in the Forum. They are going to spend three days in Yalta, full of positive emotions, diverse information and prizes: modern dictaphones, cameras, high-capacity flash drives, incentive gifts from national publications. The Contest winner will receive the grand prize - study visit to Switzerland!
The course of the contest and its results can be found at the web-sites of DESPRO (www.despro.org.ua) and CA "Slavuta» (www.slavuta.org.ua).