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Jul 7, 2014

Today the sad news came that Elena Larionova was taken away, the heart, the soul and the essence of Barents Press. Lena died in a clinic in St. Petersburg. Journalistic world of the Barents region is deserted.

Jul 3, 2014
From 15 to 18 June in Archangelsk there was held School of Multimedia Journalism organized by the Swedish School of Journalism Poppius and the organizer of educational programs for media professionals "HENRI-Media". 

How the seminar ran and what came of it – see the report of the eyewitness Irina Skalina.

Jun 26, 2014

14. september er det lokalvalg i Russland. Bli med på en ukes studietur til Murmansk og Moskva, og finn ut hva russerne selv tenker om demokrati, opposisjon, frihet og Putin!

Jun 6, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
 

“Barents Spektakel” festival in Kirkenes

Feb 10, 2011


15 journalists from North West Russia got the experience of what this    Norwegian- Russian combination of words means. Five days of cultural, political and business events influenced a lot on our understanding of life in the neighbor country. Debate with Norwegian colleagues has inspired us for a new approach of the journalists role in the society.

Study visit for Russian journalists to Norway was supported by the Norwegian Barents secretariat and NJC –Update.


Little security…compared to Russia

This year the 8th  annual festival was specially marked by the presence of H.M. Queen Sonja and Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre. While Kirkenes inhabitants were talking about “unusual security measures because of the royal visit”, Russian journalists were deeply impressed by the openness and accessibility of the distinguished guests. Queen Sonja lived at the same hotel with us.  It was   easy to make   informal pictures when Her Majesty, for instance, passed through the lobby.

Russian journurnalists with Jonas Gahr Støre (in the centre)

Picture  Jonas  Karlsbakk

Jonas Gahr Støre has found in his busy schedule time for the meeting with Barents Press Russian journalists. He answered directly and openly for all our questions. The most disturbing one was the question about visa-free travel for Russians. The minister referred to Schengen agreement supported by Norway but gave the promising example of visa- free travel for border zone inhabitants on both sides of Norwegian- Russian border. This agreement is already signed and will be implemented soon.

 

Journalism in Norway and Russia. Who controls media?

From the left to the right: Gunnar Sætra. Elena Larionova, Alexander Borisov, Marit Christensen, Magne Kveseth. Picture Jonas Karlsbakk

One of the most exiting events of our visit was the traditional debate with the Norwegian colleagues. Marit Christensen, former NRK correspondent in Moscow and Russian expert     came with the brilliant analyze of nowadays situation in the media in two countries. She participated as a panelist with some Russian and Norwegian colleagues and got a lot of questions from public. It is interesting to read a feedback of the Russian journalists after the debate. For instance, Natalya Sokolova from the Karelian web-portal  stolitsa.onego.ru writes:

- The issue sounds ridiculous for the Russian journalists. We all depend either on authorities or on oligarchs.

It was exiting to listen to Norwegian colleagues, who told about their intern methods of work journalistic items. They told us about the prejudices that still exist towards our country.

 

Jelena Larionova, Barents Press International, project coordinator

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