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.
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