On this rainy day, 24th of September 2018, a group of young journalists from Sweden, Finland, and Russia started their 1700 kilometer voyage across the Barents Region – 1700 kilometres from Tromso to Murmansk.
The project which is called ’Robota 2018 – The Next Generation’ is a joint initiative by Barents Press and Nordic Journalist Centre.
The overall question we’re asking is: How is it to be young here – in Tromso, in Kiruna, Luleå, Oulu, Kirkenes, Nikel, Apatity or in Murmansk? How do youngsters live here, what are their dreams and hopes, their concerns and fears of the future?
The first day in Tromso showed a wide specter of initiatives and also an eager from the participants to get involved: Projects like ’Snakk for deg sjøl’ (Speak for yourself) that uses drama, creative writing and theatre to prevent highschool students from dropping out, or the impressive and prestigious Tvibit youth house that offers music studios, rehearsal rooms – several of them in fact – video editing, VR and gaming facilities – and even a health station – for youngsters.
The day also included meetings with the chair persons of the Troms Youth Council on one side and young people spending their Monday night at the UMT (Unge Møtes i Tromsø) which is a completely different project aimed at youngsters literally in the street.
Former member of the NJC team Ole Rode Jensen, who developed the project together with Tim Andersson of Barents Press International, is leading the first week of the tour.
Pictures from the first day: