CIRCUMPOLAR MEDIA CONGRESS
SALEKHARD • 9—11 DEC 2018 
Winners of the “Living in the North!” Mass Media Contest Announced
10 December 2018
Winners of the “Living in the North!” Mass Media Contest Announced

The second day of Arctic Media World Circumpolar Mass Media Congress culminated in the Award Ceremony presenting winners of the first International Arctic Mass Media Contest “Living in the North!”

Now, there is a list of winners.

The сontest nomination “The Arctic ecology”.

The best press publication is “The Front Line”, by Norwegian journalist Ingerid Salvesen. 

The best digital media publication is "Life on Wrangel Island: A place with one resident" by Vera Kostamo, Arctic.ru. 

The best TV story is "The Wounded Island, Part Three" by Pavel Khandorin, State TV and Radio Company “Yamal-Region”. 

The best radio story is “Radio Salon” by Svetlana Golubeva, Radio channel “Radio Purga” (Chukotka).

The сontest nomination “Economic cooperation between the countries of the Arctic”.

The best press publication is “Eight Supports and One Route” by Vadim Ponomarev, the journal “Expert”. 

The best digital media publication is “Wind Farmers Quest a Connection to Norway’s Arctic Coast” by Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer, Norway. 

The best TV story is “Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” by Denis Gorin, Aleksey Karelskiy, TV Channel “Region-29”,  Arkhangelsk Oblast.

The сontest nomination “Preserving the traditions of the indigenous peoples of the North”.

The best press publication is "Life on the Edge" by Gleb Raygorodetsky, National Geographic Magazine, Canada.

The best digital media publication is “Behind the Scenes of the Film "Hon Yush. The Way from the Ob" by Irina Kosacheva, State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company “Yamal”. 

The best TV story is “How Traditions Are Kept” by Eva Kostroma, The TV company "Alliance",  Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

The best radio story is “The Digital Age and the Aura of Words” by Leontiy Taragupta, State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company “Yamal”,  Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.


Norwegian Atle Staalesen shared his emotions immediately after the ceremony.

“I didn’t bet on it, didn’t expect. It’s a complete surprise!”, shared his emotions the winner, a representative of  The Independent Barents Observer, who speaks Russian good enough. “It’s very pleasant when our work is appreciated.

According to him, the fact, that he has been to Sabetta and Salekhard, is an award itself.

“We are engaged in covering news of the Arctic. European North, Scandinavian countries. Russian Arctic is as vast as it’s interesting. There are a lot of hard-to-reach places. But for a journalist it’s important to see everything with his own eyes, talk to people, take pictures - all these things make material better, increase the confidence in the printed word. We sit at the office and work on the computer too much. But we should travel more,” says Atle Staalesen.

The seaport at the seaside of the Kara Sea and the only city on the Polar circle impressed the guest from the Norwegian Kingdom, “I would like to come back to Yamal for sure. The region is remarkable.”

The professional skills contest for journalists working on the Arctic mass media was held from 1 August  till 30 September 2018. The Jury Panel was composed of five famous representatives of media community. They were the secretary of Union of Journalists in Finland Juha Rekola; the editorial director of the portal Rambler.ru, Victor Saxon; the chairman of Barents Press Sweden Tim Andersson; TV host of Channel One Anton Privolnov. The chairman of the jury panel was Secretary of Russian Union of Journalists Vladimir Kasyutin.

Press and digital media publications, TV and radio stories were presented by journalists and composite authors from all the Arctic regions of the country and from Sweden, Canada, Norway, and Finland as well.

The winners’ contest works are available on the official website of the congress in the section Contest.



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