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Hundreds of Norwegians and Russians arrived in the first week of February in the town of Kirkenes on the Russian-Norway border to see the spectacular installations, to visit unusual exhibitions and to speculate about the future of the Arctic territories at the international art festival Barents Spektakel.
«Come on!» -media school for NGO
In June Petrozavods for the 4-th time bacame the place to hold a media school for youth NGO members. 25 of them participated in it within the Russian-Finnish project «NGO and Media».
During two-day discussions NGO members spoke about co-operation and co-existence, they expressed great wish to be experts in many items. But they couldn't hear the position of Karelian journalists as none of those invited came to meet them.
Lecturer Matti Siipiǟinen, correspondent from newspaper «Karjalainen» informed about relations between NGO and media in Europe and compared the work of mass media with NGO in Finland, Russia and South America. Tiina Junnila spoke about information and PR actions of the East department of Finland-Russia Friendship Society. She also presents a small exhibition of magazines, booklets and advertisement items such as umbrellas with Russian ABC and T-shirts with the sign «Come on!». The conversation went on with participation of young people from Joensuu who organize music festivals, concerts and tiurs to Russia. Newspapers in Finland guarantees free space for advertising and covering their activities.
NGO members from Karelia presented themselves, too. Then there was a discussion about the role of pictures, well-built texts and souvenir products for NGO to attract people's attention to different problems.
Anna Rybalova from Barents regional youth council lectured about photo reportage. Photo correspolndent of «Karjalan Sanomat» newspapper Mikhail Olykainen, winner of Russian national photo contest, was warmly met by participants of media school. Then all had photo practice in international teams. The pictures taken were presented next day and studied by experts: Matti Siipiǟinen, correspondent from newspaper «Karjalainen», and editor-in-chief of "Oma Mua" paper Natalia Sinitskaya. Their recommendations were very useful.
Among program items there was a visit to TV station «Sampo» and a performance in the National theatre in Finnish. The participants of the media school also met member of Karelian Social chamber Anna Lopatkina and correspondent of «Molodyozhnaya Gaseta» Olga Harlamova.
Translated by: Tatiana Polkova