Media Sustainability Perspektivy

Perspektivy aims to strengthen journalism in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, to advance regional expertise on under-reported issues, and to contribute to mutual international understanding.


Journalism around the world is undergoing huge change. Social media, 24-hour news cycles and ever increasing competition is changing the way journalism is consumed. More people than ever read and spread the news on their phones; the distinction between journalist and casual observer is increasingly hard to discern; and cross-border journalism is becoming the norm.
In this ever-more noisy landscape, the role of the skilled, impartial journalist is more important than ever. However, it is questionable whether journalism is making the most of this opportunity. Working with journalists across these regions, Perspektivy has the following core aims: 

  • To strengthen regional expertise and professional journalistic standards across the region, from the remotest areas of Siberia to the Baltic States and nations in Central Asia. To reflect upon the ethical underpinnings of the journalistic profession.
  • To internationalise participating journalists and connect them with one another.
  • To contribute to mutual regional and international understanding, bridging cultural divides and differences in working practices.

Journalists are given the opportunity to attend training workshops, apply for grants to support their work, receive mentoring from journalists with extensive experience concerning particular regions or themes, attend seminars and conferences and network with other journalists.

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