News and Updates 2016

Young Barents journalists on a field trip to Russia


A group of young Swedish journalists travelled from St. Petersburg to Murmansk October the 2-9th 2016, documenting their journey. The field trip, Project Robota, was organized in collaboration between Barents Press and Barents Regional Youth Council, and it engaged 9 young Swedish journalism students or journalists. It was financed by the Swedish Institute and Länsstyrelsen Norrbotten.

The purpose of the project was to provide participants with an opportunity to share their views, both between Swedish and Russian colleagues and beginners and professionals. The group focused on environmental and industrial themes. Mining and its effects were of particular interest for the group, as they made comparisons between Swedish and Russian mining in Barents. The team visited industrial facilities, such as an ore mine in Olenegorsk, Murmansk Oblast , as well as nature destinations, for example a nature reserve in the Republic of Karelia. In Murmansk, they took part in the city’s 100th anniversary festivities.

Barents Regional Youth Council will organize another, bigger youth project in Yb, Komi Republic, in December 2016. The healthy lifestyle –themed event will welcome 50 youth from all Barents regions to participate, free of charge. The online application will open soon - keep an eye on the youth council's Facebook-page

Photo: Inna Fedorova

Photo: Inna Fedorova

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