17 journalists from the area of Vologda visited the first promotion seminar this year for applications to SCOOP Russia 2017.
– The audience was very active and interested. Especially those who already had made up their minds on what kind of topic they wanted to investigate, says Anna Sharogradskaya, director of Regional Press Institute in Saint Petersburg arranging the seminar.
Some of the journalists had not been selected when they applied the first time. The seminar encouraged them to make another application.
Other visitors had already once participated in the SCOOP Russia training. Now they wanted to make another investigation.
On the seminars more experienced investigative journalists encouraged less experienced colleagues to make their own investigations.
This time Tatiana Vorontsova from Saint Petersburg shared her experiences. She has made multiple investigations and also passed the special trainer program at Fojo Media Institute in Kalmar, Sweden.
The other presenters were Anna Sharogradskaya, RPI institute, and Marina Chernova, editor of the Vologda newspaper Premier, presenting her local investigation carried out last year.
According to Anna Sharogradskaya, the presenters had a clear mission besides the ambition to collect applications for SCOOP Russia 2017.
– The goal is to convince the audience that it is important to do investigative journalism, because so many topics are either ignored and uncovered, or intentionally banned as the authorities are not made accountable to the citizens who are also the media audience, Anna Sharogradskaya says.
One subject many attending journalists wanted to learn more about, was how to get access to information that someone try to hide from the citizens.
The promotion seminars are important parts of the information about SCOOP Russia. Last year SCOOP Russia attracted a record number of applications, when 61 journalists applied. First time grantees will recieve a week’s training at the Swedish Press Institute Fojo in Kalmar. It is also possible to apply again for journalists who already have been a part of the project another year.
SCOOP Russia is a peer-to-peer project run by the Danish and Swedish associations of Investigative Journalism FUJ and FGJ, in cooperation with International Media Support IMS in Copenhagen, RPI in Saint Petersburg and Fojo in Kalmar.
The program is open only for journalists in Northwest Russia. The application period close February 15. The application form is to find here.
Future promotions and information seminar will be held in Murmansk, Petrozavodsk and Pskov on the following dates: