TALLINN - The Integration and Migration Foundation Our People (MISA) has supported six media projects with almost 470,000 euros in funding, the objective of which is to express the topic of integration in Estonia, MISA said in a statement, reports LETA.
The assessment commission decided to support the multimedia project ‘Live to the fullest’ from Diafilm, the television project ‘Ida-Viru County News’ from TV3, the special newspaper series ‘A closer Estonia’ from PR Pohjarannik, the print media project ‘Compatriots’ from MTU Lead, the television show series ‘In live, tonight’ from Balti Video and the project ‘Integrating media’ from Estonian Public Broadcasting.
The ‘Live to the fullest’ project from Diafilm introduces talented and interesting people living in Estonia that have been successful in their profession. The project includes television and radio programs, articles in newspapers and the Internet and short videos on Internet portals that will be broadcast or published next year. The project partners are ETV, ETV2, Raadio 4, Den za Dnjom and Postimees.
The target group of the news program produced within the continuing project ‘Ida-Viru County News’ is primarily the Russian-speaking population in Ida-Viru County, but also the wider Russian-speaking population in Estonia. The program broadcasts the events, projects, local problems and important topics in Ida-Viru County. The program will be aired twice a week next year on TV3+ and TV6 and via the portals www.inforing.net and www.rus.delfi.ee.
In the framework of the project ‘A closer Estonia,’ a four-page insert of the newspaper Severnoe Poberezje Ekstra dedicated to travel stories to different places in Estonia, introducing various Russian language media channels and programs in Estonia and the topic of Estonian language learning will be published 12 times next year. The insert will also be made available in the Estonian and Russian language Web page of the newspaper Pohjarannik and its Russian language version Severnoe Poberezje.
The MTU Lead project introduces the life stories and achievements of compatriots via a special newspaper ‘Compatriots’ in the county newspapers Viru Prospekt, Vooremaa and Vorumaa Teataja. The special newspaper will be published twice a month in Estonian and Russian from this October to the end of next year. The special newspaper will be published in the Web versions of the mentioned periodicals.
The Balti Video project ‘In live, tonight’ will once a week bring viewers a talk show where actual topics and the interests and integration of national minorities are discussed and the society’s various hot spots are highlighted through debates and interviews. The program will be produced and aired in cooperation with TV3+, TV6, Web page TV3 Play and two Internet portals. The program will be broadcast from the end of this year until May of next year, and when the program is repeated it will have subtitles in Estonian.
Estonian Public Broadcasting will once a week bring viewers of the ETV2 channel a well-known weekly culture program called ‘Batareja,’ which introduces the Estonian cultural landscape through interviews with creative people and introduces recent culture events to Estonians and other people that have not integrated into Estonian society. Monuments that have been erected and taken down in different times in Estonia will be introduced in the section of the program titled ‘Timeless monuments.’ The program is bilingual with Russian and Estonian subtitles and will commence in the spring season of 2013. The program will be aired again on ETV.
MISA supports media projects within the framework of the project competition ‘A common media field,’ the objective of which is to increase consumption of Estonian media by third-country nationals and persons with undefined citizenship in Estonia. A broader objective of the activity is to improve the knowledge of society, civic initiative and the awareness among Estonian nationals regarding the topic of the integration of third-country nationals and persons with undefined citizenship.
The project is being financed by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals and the Ministry of Culture through the state budget within the framework of the ‘Estonian Integration Strategy 2008-2013.’