With attendance of about thirty journalists and media workers from the AJM regional centre in Bitola, AJM and SSNM organized a working meeting on topics affecting their fellow correspondents, their status, and the conditions in which they work. Media workers from Prilep were also present at the event, and they shared the experiences they face every day with the attendances, especially during the emergency. At the beginning of the meeting, the President of AJM, Mladen Chadikovski, addressed the audience and said: “I am glad that today we have gathered a larger number of colleagues and I want to share with you my satisfaction that we can finally see each other in person and discuss important issues and the challenges you face in this region of the country. In the past period, AJM and SSNM participated in finding solutions to the demanding situation in which journalists and the media in general find themselves. Free medical equipment at a time when it was not available, free antigen tests, vaccines, economic measures to help and reduce media tax to the state are just some of the activities to which we were dedicated in the past. AJM continues to be a constructive partner in finding proposals and solutions that each member can submit, especially for financial assistance through the creation of the so-called a media fund that would be of exceptional importance especially for local and regional media” said Chadikovski.
During the working meeting, the colleagues from Bitola and Prilep informed that the age of journalists and media workers working in the Pelagonian region is problem i.e., the lack of interest of young people for this profession due to the difficult economic situation. The coordinator for the Pelagonian region, Zhaneta Zdravkovska, pointed out that the main problems are of a financial nature. “The media are failing, the journalists are leaving, and they are in a very difficult situation, but the idea and the announcement by the president of AJM, Chadikovski, to find financial support for the media are positive steps that are necessary,” Zdravkovska emphasized.
The Deputy President of AJM, Filjana Koka, also addressed the present colleagues, emphasizing her satisfaction with the meeting and emphasizing that: “At this moment, it is very important to support AJM in the process of creating policies that are in the interest of the journalists”. After several hours of discussion with those present, it was stated that such frequent meetings with journalists and media workers at the regional level will strengthen and improve mutual communication and cooperation of journalists and media workers from the Pelagonian region.