The goal of the Barents Mediasphere project is to create a flexible cooperation mechanism for journalists working in the region and to increase regional visibility in media and in other open sources. It aims to improve the cross-border communication and information flow.Even if a lot of Barents information is already available, cross-border information flow within the media in the region is undeveloped. Media needs to strengthen cooperation for responding to the current needs.Some examples of the project’s activities are: Barents Mediasphere will increase the visibility of the region, involve media houses in the region, improve the expertise of the journalists in the region in Barents related topics, make news and human interest material available and provide practical help for journalists.
CYB – Connecting Young Barents
The project carries out match-making meetings for people working with youth projects, organizes thematic youth music festivals in Russia, Norway and Finland, implements photo exhibitions of young photographers of the Barents region in Russia, Norway and Finland. Bu different activities, the project aims at creating communication networks among creative young people and among youth workers to stimulate identity among people interested in youth sub-cultures and self-realization in the Barents region.
Media Literacy in the 21st Century
MLEDU Project aims to enhance young people’s media competence Media Literacy - 21st Century Approach to Education. Project partners are Tartu Rural Municipality, a leading partner, and Madona Local Government. The Project activities take place in LähteÜhisgümnaasium and MadonaGümnaasium. From Estonia, all media students of Lähte Gymnasium (about 35) take part in the project. From Latvia, in Madona Gymnasium, there are students (approximately 20) in the hobby-circle who are interested in media. The goal of the Project was to develop young people’s media competence (media literacy), the media curriculum in Lähte Gymnasium, and to create conditions for media teaching in Madona Gümnaasium. They started by providing media-related extracurricular activities, but as soon as they have the experience, they include media studies in their curriculum as we do. In addition to this, the Project gives opportunities for international co-operation between students as well as experience with international communication. In addition to students’ collaboration, teachers have also had meetings both in Tartu and Madona, where media curriculum and future events have been planned. The project helps to enhance young people’s media competencies and media literacy. Through learning how the media stories are produced, students also learn how to be critical towards information provided through the media.