3-4 June Kirkenes declaration- 2 is to be signed in Norway's Kirkenes. This document will determine the strategies for further development of cooperation in the Barents Region for the next few decades. Barents secretariat is planning to invite a group of journalists from Murmansk and Arkhangelsk regions and from Karelia to cover the event.Nordic Journalist Centre from Denmark also supports this project.
April 25-28 in the city of Apatity there was held the XVIII Conference of the international journalists network Barents Press International. More than a hundred participants from Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia discussed the issues of journalism and the processes occurring in the Barents region.
In Petrozavodsk there took place a webinar where journalists discussed the topic "The authorities in the role of the media regulator: interaction with the media or the suppression of the media?" Participants in the webinar via the internet were also colleagues from Murmansk and Archangelsk regions.
Welcome to the international TV-festival in Murmansk
On 16 November the III International festival of documentary films and TV-programs Northern Character to be opened in Murmansk. In the context of the festival there will be a competitive demonstration of the films, telling us how the persons’ character is revealed in the severe conditions of the North.
Applications for participation have been already sent to the committee by the journalists and filmmakers from Russia, Norway, Sweden and Canada. Works will compete in six nominations – from the short reportages to the documentary films.
Last year the jury members of the international film festival watched 2000 hours of festivals works.
Organizing committee members hope that this year there will be a lot of works too. Applications for the participation in the Northern Character festival are still being accepted.
There has not been any application from Finland yet. We are waiting films and reportages from big companies and independent filmmakers. The deadline is 30 September, 2010.
Additional information and regulations you can find on The Northern Character.
The festival is arranged by the ТВ-21” with the support of the MMC “Norilsk Nickel”, Kola MMC, Ltd. “Mediaplatforma” and international journalists’ association Barents Press.
Olga Danilchenko, ТВ-21
Translated by: Irina Bykova