Tidewater Review editor visits Ukraine

Tidewater Review Editor Robert Brauchle spent the last week of August in Zaporozhye, Ukraine on a trip designed to create a dialogue between journalists in Ukraine and the U.S. about the role of a free press in a democratic country.

The 10-day visit was organized by IREX, an international group dedicated to spreading knowledge in developing countries, and the Ukraine Media Partnership Program.

Ukraine was a part of the communist Soviet Union until the latter's collapse in 1991. The country has spent the past 25 years trying to evolve as a free democratic state.

Brauchle was joined on the trip by Daily Press Digital Producer Julie Ann Sanchez. The pair visited Ukraine's capital of Kiev and spent five days in Zaporozhye, a city of nearly 770,000 along the Dnieper River.

Zaporozhye and its residents have a unique relationship with the several large steel mills that border the city to the east. While those mills employ thousands of people, the smokestacks and smell are a constant reminder about the impacts the industry has on the environment and residents health.

Brauchle and Sanchez spoke with journalists at the weekly newspaper Subbota Plus and their experiences and challenges working in a budding democracy.

During the trip, Brauchle and Sanchez met with farmers who are trying new and innovative methods to draw tourists, and archaeologists who are trying to preserve Zaporozhye's nearly 500-year-old nautical history.

To see a photo gallery and videos from the trip, visit tidewaterreview.com.

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Read the editor's thoughts about the trip on the Review's Opinion page.

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