“About Complicated Things Using a Simple Language”: The Eurasian Youth Media School opened in Minsk

25 March 2019

How to get mass audience interested in problems of the Eurasian integration – in other words, how to speak about complicated things using a simple language? Problems associated with coverage of activities of the Eurasian Economic Union have been discussed today by participants of the Eurasian Youth Media School, which is taking place in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

The Eurasian Youth Media School is a joint project of the Gorchakov Fund, the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Center for Integration Prospects Studies and Center for Research of Union Integration “New Initiative”. The event has brought together representatives of EEU member countries – young journalists, bloggers, young politicians and foreign affairs experts, who have publications on the topics of the Eurasian integration in mass media and media portals.

The first day of the media school was held at the premises of media agency “Sputnik Belarus”. The participants were welcomed by Tatyana Valovaya, a member of the EEU Collegium (Minister) for Integration and Macroeconomics, who was connected with a studio in Minsk from Moscow. The minister mentioned that one of the major problems of the Commission was to make the idea of the EEU closer to the population of the EEU member countries and that goal was supported by educational and tourist programs implemented within the Union as well as by journalists from the EEU countries.

“The structure of the Eurasian Economic Union is more complicated than in the European Union, but it is efficient and allows us moving forward – mentioned Tatyana Valovaya. – At the same time, we are limited by the idea of creating exclusively an economic union and our goal is to give it the full value”.

During the video conference with heads of Sputnik’s editors offices of in the countries of the union, relations of the Eurasian Economic Commission with mass media were discussed. Yekaterina Domogatskaya, a press service representative of the EEU, emphasized a specific character of media massages of the Commission and related problems of “translation” of economic texts into the language, which would be understandable for the audience. Together with the participants of the media school, the speakers discussed certain measures that could be taken to popularize the idea of the Eurasian integration.

At the end of the day, the attendees took on the role of talk show participants. Well-known Belarusian TV anchor Vadim Gigin served as a moderator of the impromptu polylogue, during which young journalists shared their opinions about advantages and disadvantages of the Eurasian integration.

During the week, journalists and editors-in-chief from the EEU member countries as well as bloggers, public figures and politicians will give lectures at the Eurasian Media School.

The participants will meet with top experts and representatives of the EEC and discuss the modern order of the media space as it is viewed by experts from different countries.

On March 26, skill building sessions on creating participants’ own media on different online platforms and master classes on using social media and technologies when creating the media will be held. Development of their own media project will become a separate task for the participants. The event will end on March 29.