Barents Press International Board had a meeting in Saariselkä, Finland on 7-8 November. The main issues to discuss were Barents Press Russia activity after the founder and many years leader Elena Larionova’ going away and the coming Annual Conference – 2015.
On November 27-29, 2014 in Murmansk will host the VII international festival The Northern Character. It is organized by TV company "TV-21"and Production Center "Northern Character" with the support of the Russian Ministry of culture, Government of Murmansk region, Norilsk Nickel company, the Administrative Board of Norrbotten (Sweden), the Barents Secretariat, the Center for journalism in the Nordic countries, Murmansk Union of journalists, Barents Press and others.
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