Journalists, students, political scientists, and media professionals from Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Armenia, Georgia, and Belarus attended the school both personally and online.
Alexander Fedorov, the IKBFU Rector, Andrey Klemeshev, IKBFU President, Roman Balashov, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President, Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-chief of “Russia in global politics” journal, Alexey Vishnivetskiy, Deputy President of the Russian Union of Journalists, and Sergey Rekeda, Editor-in-chief of RuBaltic.ru news agency took part in the opening ceremony.
Alexander Fedorov, the IKBFU Rector:
“This year the STUDIA BALTICA International School marks its 10th anniversary in the westernmost region of Russia. It is a unique platform for the development of interaction between youth communities. In addition to lectures and workshops from well-known journalists and political scientists, the School offers participants ample opportunities for amateur research work in the field of public speaking. Taking into account the fact that we have invited a number of recognized speakers, we expect the highest level of discussions”.
Andrey Klemeshev, IKBFU President:
“Today is the tenth time we held this School and I think that this has become a good university tradition. And we follow this tradition even in the uneasy times of the pandemic. The School provides opportunities for every participant to learn something new here, improve his or her professional skills. And here everyone can express ideas on any related topic. And the main topic for discussion of the School is “Mass media vs. bloggers”, which is of high relevance today”.
Roman Balashov, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President:
"Within the framework of the School participants will discuss the Eurasian integration in an interesting dimension – “Mass media versus bloggers”. This is an analysis of how modern information systems influence integration or disintegration processes. Participants will discuss whether this impact is positive or negative, and how to make sure that the Eurasian integration is provided with adequate information support. I would like to wish productive work to the School participants”.
Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-chief of “Russia in global politics” journal:
“I am pleased to welcome all the School’s participants here today. I would like to note that the School’s main topic for discussion is very catchy for any audience. And for those people who work in the mass media, it is important to discuss issues like the one because it helps determine the future of mass media as such. But the general population doesn’t pay attention to the issue, because they do not divide mass media and bloggers anymore. For them it is all a single muddy current of information. And in the coming five days we will discuss all aspects of the topic”.
Alexey Vishnivetskiy, Deputy President of the Russian Union of Journalists:
“This topic is worth discussing, but in my opinion, mass media are not losing this war for a viewer’s attention to bloggers. Because comparing them is the same as comparing mass media workers to firemen or plumbers. Journalists work in strict accordance with the Law and deal with professional information. We are responsible for what we say, depict or film. Bloggers are not. So there is no way we can lose it. And for the coming five days we will discuss this interesting topic in a vivid discussion”.
Sergey Rekeda, Editor-in-chief of RuBaltic.ru news agency:
“It is a pleasure for me to take part in the already tenth STUDIA BALTICA International School. I would like to express my gratitude to the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University that hosts and support this initiative every time. We have tried to unite the best speakers, prepare interesting workshops and lectures. I wish productive work to all of you”.
The school will work for five days. Participants will discuss such topics as: "Russia in the global world: new challenges and opportunities", "Life on the Internet: a new habitat for man", "Storytelling", "Who lives on the Internet: analysis of social networks audience ", "Media battles: Internet vs. television".