The Annual Barents Press International Conference in April Haparanda appeared unforgettable. According to many in attendance it was one of the best. We are very grateful to the hosts – Barents Press Sweden! What do the young participants think back about? Here’re some viewpoints from different countries.
How can media not lose readers, listeners and viewers and not lose their social role in society? Is journalism to die or to become a new "business niche"? These issues were discussed by journalists from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia at the annual conference of the journalistic network Barents Press International in late April in the Swedish city of Haparanda.
Arkhangelsk journalists are ready to join to the international investigative network
Majority of the journalists said that taking part in the seminar brought them valuable experience, which structuralized their present skills and helped to get to know more about methods and practical skills of carrying out journalism investigation. According to Elena Miakshina, the editor of Sozvezdie Review magazine, the seminar showed the possibility of carrying out scaled investigations involving readers.
Other participants found out interesting examples of carrying out investigations concerning everyday life of people. As an example, Ekaterina Kurzeneva gives the following conclusion:
– I understood that not all investigations are to be global or risky (it is necessary for the journalist to posses juridical skills, we have also talked about it on the seminar). Great number of topics is laying on the surface, our life gives them to us. The work of the journalist is not to pass by.
Beginning of big international project
Course leaders Henrik Kaufholtz ( SCOOP, Denmark) and Oleg Khomenok (national coordinator SCOOP, Ukraine) told about experience of foreign colleagues, held some workshops, using on-line journalistic.
– The seminar in Arkhangelsk may turn to be a part of big project for improving Russian journalists investigative methods, said Henrik Kaufholtz.
He told about the project which SCOOP is going to bring to life in Russia with a support of different funds and institutes.
– This must be two or three year studying programme. The main aim is to help Russian journalists to become an integral part of the international journalism investigative network, the important part of the media work.
Most of participants wish to hold such seminars more often and invite Russian trainers and lawyers.
Henrik Kaufholtz , SCOOP, Denmark
The seminar was arranged by Barents Press supported by the Nordic Journalist Centre, Denmark, and SCOOP, Denmark.