The popular Youth Newsroom was once again featured during World Press Freedom Day’s main celebration which took place at the new National Library in Riga, Latvia from 2 to 4 May 2015. The main event of the Day was jointly hosted by UNESCO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia. The theme of the 2015 World Press Freedom Day main celebration is “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age”.
The newsroom consisted of 12 Latvian and 20 international journalism students as well as emerging journalists, photographers, videographers, podcasters, and social media producers. The “youth newsroom” concept begun with the aim to provide opportunities to youth to be engaged in the latest discussions in freedom of expression and press freedom with leading practitioners, experts, and advocates at an international forum.
“Could you imagine how is it to work in a room full of young people from all over the world who love journalism? I guess you will believe me that it was a great experience! I am sure that members will bring home not only impressions of beautiful Riga but very useful professional experience and inspiration that will help them to be press freedom ‘ambassadors’ in their home countries” said Ms Vita Dreijere, a PhD Candidate in Communication Studies from University of Latvia who served as the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015 Youth Newsroom.
The WPFD 2015 multicultural newsroom produced two editions of the Avviso newsletter which were distributed in the morning of the WPFD as well as a whole range of multimedia coverage that are available on http://www.youth-newsroom.com. The newsroom also produced an “Express Interview” segment where the participants were asked the questions “How Can Journalism Thrive?”
The participation of the international youth was made possible by the funding from the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, Sweden and the NET-MED Youth project which is funded by the European Union.
The next World Press Freedom Day’s main celebration will take place at the Finlandia Hall located in Helsinki, Finland from 2 to 4 May 2016.