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In a time where freedom of information is on decline all around the world, the Nordic states remain on top of the list over countries with the highest level of press freedom.
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.
Awards to young journalists
Ceremony of rewarding winners of III International competition of young journalists «XXI Century. Time and We» took place in Petrozavodsk. It's established by Children's School of Arts, culture department of Petrozavodsk city administration Karelian friendship society "Karelia — Norway".
Materials were accepted in 6 nominations in two age categories: 12-16 years and 17-25 years. 180 journalistic works in different genres and different languages, basically in Russian, English, Ukrainian, German were sent. Children and young people f rom10 countries became participants of the competition: Russia, Germany, Norway, Finland, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, France, Hungary, Turkey.
Members of the international jury spoke about information richness of the texts, variety of genres, emotionality of the authors and their original approach to themes.
The nomination «Youth about veterans and children of war» became the most popular one. Special release of the newspaper of pupils from Sunskaya school in the settlement Janishpole (Karelia) «Lines singed by war» was devoted to the 65th anniversary of Great Victory and was especially been noted. Veterans of marine sea fleet and war founded a special prize and awarded them to pupils of journalistic club of Children's School of Arts (Petrozavodsk) for publications within the project «Youth about veterans of the Great Victory».
Lessons of journalism
Very bright and various were materials on the theme «Window to the world». The judge in this nomination Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, the consul of Consulate general of Finland in Petrozavodsk told participants and winners: «Your articles deserve great praises – it was a true pleasure to read them. Ability to write is a great gift, and all of you have it».
Consulate general of Norway in St.-Petersburg gave special prises to Margarita Olnova for her works «Source of water of life in each house» and Darya Fedorova for her work «Sleeping Beauty woken up in Scandinavia». Articles of winners of competition will be published in newspapers and Internet portals of Kareliya.
Reportings from shootings of a film and interview about cinema by Stanislav Grushevsky, Moscow state university, became the best in the nomination "Modern art". Diplomas were awarded to Anna Varfolomeyeva, the International youth club "Solveig", Petrozavodsk, and Sabrina Flurshjutts from the International office of university of a Würzburg, Germany.
III International competition of young journalists «21 centuriy. Time and We» was supported by constant partners: Consulate general of Kingdom of Norway in St.-Petersburg, Petrozavodsk branch of Consulate general of Finland, the Union of journalists of Karelia, the Ministry of culture of Karelia, Ministry of Education RK, State Committee concerning national policy, National park "Vodlozersky", newspapers «Molodezhnaya gazeta» and «Karjalan Sanomat». Among new partners there were Youth portal of Karelia, Russian-German portal to4ka-treff.ru, Information portal Young JOurnalists.
The competition has taken place! Thanks to all participants, judges and sponsors!
Translated by Tatiana Polkova