NJC and Barents Press Russia managed to organize five masterclasses and seminars during spring and summer of 2021 gathering more than 100 journalists from all over North-West Russia.
A masterclass about interviewing-techniques and how to make a perfect interview took part in St. Petersburg. Here 25 journalists from Karelia, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg enjoyed Nordic and Russian speakers, among others Anders Mård – correspondent of Swedish department of Finnish Yle, based in St. Petersburg.
Another seminar was organized in Kaliningrad on ‘Cross-border journalism and opportunities for cooperation’. The seminar gathered 18 local journalists from Kaliningrad region, who learned about possibilities of cooperation with Nordic journalists. The speakers were journalists from Denmark, Norway, and some Russian colleagues from the Barents Region.
A third seminar took place in Murmansk and focused on environmental problems of the Arctic and how to cover it. Among the speakers were journalist Mads Nyborg Støstad from NRK, the Norwegian public service broadcaster, as well as Russian climate scientists, environmental journalists and experts. The seminar gathered 21 journalist from Karelia, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg
“We could never make it without dedicated partners in Russia,” says John Frølich, Nordic Journalist Centre.
Frølich mentions Barents Press Russia, as one of the main partners and especially the chairman Anna Kireeva, who is always willing to go the extra mile and do her almost in trying to make projects and seminars successful.
“When we chose topics for our joint seminars and workshops, we always consult Russian journalists, about what would be the most useful and interesting for them. One of the most complicated aspects for us is the fact that we can’t invite everyone, who has applied. Usually, we have twice more applications than we can have for a fruitful seminar,” Frølich informs.