Public Diplomacy EU & Russia - Dublin Journalism Summer School


The European Commission funded and organised last week in Ireland, the Dublin Journalism Summer School for European & Russian journalists in the frame of the project: Public Diplomacy EU & Russia.

The event, which was developed by the European Federation of Journalism and supported by the European Union delegation in Moscow, aims at fostering greater cultural ties between Russia and Europe by bringing together young Russian journalists and their European counterparts in a series of activities. The project has gathered together 10 young journalists from each delegation. 

In addition to the creation of deeper bounds, the Summer School also allowed the participants to sharpen their research and writing skills and encourage the young participants to share experience and exchange views. It was also an opportunity for the European and Russian journalists to debate about social, political and ethical issues that they may face while working.

The project has been logistically implemented by two partners of the European Commission; B&S Europe and EU-Russia Diplomacy.

The Dublin Journalism Summer School involved a series of lectures and seminaries conducted by different speakers on a wide range of topics including, the Irish media landscape, Brexit, Northern Ireland and the Irish economy. The lectures were given at the Dublin Institute of Technology School of Media (DIT). The event began with a workshop about Irish media expertly given by Kate Shanahan, Head of Journalism and Communications at DIT. In addition, attendees have visited visit RTÉ the principal broadcasting company of Ireland, the Irish Times,, and Dáil Éireann, the Irish Parliament, where they have received a briefing from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

On their arrival in Dublin last Monday, the delegates were welcomed by Edvardas Aleksandras from the EU Delegation to Russia in Moscow, Jens Siegert who is a Public diplomacy EU and Russia organizer, the Director of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Russia, Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Vice President of the European Federation of Journalists and the coordinator Thomas Labbouz, representating B&S Europe.