Barents Young Journalists’ Gathering: New Experiences, New Colleagues and New World

-It was fun to just jump into a new world and work with journalists you didn’t know beforehand. It gave a real spirit of doing and it was inspiring, says Finnish journalist Vesa-Pekka Hiltunen from newspaper Lapin Kansa.

Barents Mediasphere project brought together 30 young journalists and journalism students from northern Finland, northern Norway and Northwest Russia on 23-27 April in Kirkenes. The idea was to offer a new insight into video reporting with smart phone and storytelling through photographing. Besides the course provided networking opportunities.

- First of all, a lot of new contacts, but also the enthusiasm to do things in new ways. I still do not know how, but it seems to me now that I have the energy to work differently, and not just continue with the old working patterns, tells journalist Vladimir Polysalov from TV company “NKM”, Petrozavodsk.

- It has been the most exciting to meet journalists from neighboring countries and hear about their plans for the future, summarizes journalism student Tiril Vik Nordeide from the University of Nordland, Bodø.

After one day course young journalists joined the annual conference of the journalist network Barents Press. During the conference Barents Mediasphere arranged a brainstorming session about the future cooperation for young journalists in the Barents Region.

The young journalists’ gathering was hosted by BarentsObsever and organized by the Barents Mediasphere project which is financed by the EU’s Kolarctic ENPI CBC programme. Barents Mediasphere organizes professional courses and meetings for journalists and promotes information flow in the Barents Region.

The photography course was taught by Michael Miller from Australia. The video course was given by two Norwegian professionals, Jan Johannessen from Dagens Næringsliv and Leif Arne Danielsen from the Institute of Journalism, Fredrikstad.

Text by: Virpi Komulainen

All these photos are by talented young photographer Juha Kauppinen, who also attended to the Barents Mediasphere course for young journalists.

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