To see elections in Scandinavian way with your own eyes, to follow the campaign, to personally meet representatives of political parties and to evaluate the work of the press in a difficult media period - such opportunity was given to a group of journalists from different cities of the North-West of Russia by the Nordic Journalist Center and the Regional Press Institute with the financial support of the Council of Ministers of the Nordic countries.
August 29 there was held a Skype conference of Barents Press Russia board. Met Journalists from Karelia, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk got together to discussed future plans and distributed the responsibility among the regional boards.
Media school for NGO and mass-media held in Sortavala
In September there was held the fifth media school for members of public organizations of Sortavala area (Karelia) within the limits of the Russian-Finnish project "NGO and mass-media".
Cooperation with Finland and image of Finland and Karelia in mass-media also were a theme for discussions. Matti Siippänen, the correspondent of the newspaper "Karjalainen", told about relations between NGOs and mass-media in Finland, and also compared experience in mass-media and interactions to public organizations in Finland, Karelia and the South America. About activity of the Society of friendship "Finland-Russia", Tiina Junnillä, the Finnish coordinator of the project, informed on new projects and problems.
School participoants discussed interesting ideas about creation of NGOs' Association in Sortavalsa area, about release of the uniform Finnish-Russian catalog of NGO and culture events in frontier territory, NGO pages in press. And also about regular railway communication «Friendship Train».
Translated by: Tatiana Polkova