International youth conference
Narva College of the University of Tartu is delighted to invite you to the international youth conference
“Youth. Media. World”
The conference will take place on 9 November 2017 in Narva College of the University of Tartu, Raekoja plats 2, Narva.
Participation is free, but registration is needed.
For registration please fill in the form until 30 October 2017.
Hurry up, places are limited!
The transport for the conference will be provided from Tallinn and Tartu. Find the schedule on the conference website.
There will be sections in Russian, English and Estonian languages.
The conference will be followed by media workshops for youth that will take place the next day after the conference on 10 November 2017. (In Russian language)
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The conference is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers´Office in Estonia.
The information environment has become more dynamic, multifaceted, and multi-channelled, allowing anyone to become a reporter, a camera man, or a chief editor. Over the past decade, we have observed a global shift of traditional media towards the digital sphere, bringing with it many new challenges. The main consumers of these new types of media are young people. Furthermore, hybrid threats are changing the nature of the media environment, which is now populated with bots, trolls and false information. Many governments have faced audience manipulation on different scales. This has made some governments focus more on media literacy for younger generations, while expert communities tend to focus on issues of disinformation. Media literacy is becoming increasingly important in election periods. In recent years, we have seen that the media has the ability to create and to change the images of politicians, and to exert a decisive influence on people’s political preferences.
The aim of the conference is to bring together Estonian and international experts, analysts and media producers to discuss and debate with students, scholars and young leaders over the modern information production and consumption.
There are four conference sub-themes:
1. Elections and media
During election campaigns, vast concentration of financial and information resources takes place. In this situation, the main task of media is not to promote political interest of certain party, but to inform citizens and involve them especially young people, in the electoral process. On example of latest political events in the world we will discuss the role of media in electoral process and importance of media literacy of voters.
2. Creating a virtual self: the social media world and youth
The growing use of social media is accelerating an unprecedented flow of information. How should young people orientate themselves in this information fog? How does one secure one’s own privacy on social media? During the open discussion, we will speak about new trends of social media and the basic rules of security and privacy for consumers.
3. Information wars and fake news
Informational warfare and psychological operations have become a common part of the current geo-political reality. What is the role of government institutions and civil society in this new reality? Are we witnessing the inception of a new type of warfare-media? We will try to answer these questions and many others with the help of international media experts.
4. Media, youth and schools
Media literacy is a set of skills and abilities that allow people to analyze, evaluate and create messages through diverse types of media. Should the modern school be obliged to teach media literacy to schoolchildren? Teachers and their students will discuss the necessity of developing critical thinking, digital and information literacy in schools.
The conference aims to improve understanding between youth and media producers, and to increase media literacy of young people, which is becoming essential to navigate in a post-truth world.
Thursday, 9 November 2017
09:00 – Registration and morning coffee
10:00 – Opening remarks and welcoming speech
Christer Haglund – director of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia
10:15 – Keynote address 1: New trends in media and elections
Gitte Stald – IT University of Copenhagen associate professor of Culture and Communication
11:00 – Political Maturity. How age influences voters’ choice.
Ivan Polynin – international relations specialist of Narva College of Tartu University
11:15 – Keynote address 2: Estonian Youth and media
Darja Saar - editor-in-chief of the Russian language TV channel ETV+
12:00 – Light lunch
13:00 – Parallel sections
|PARALLEL SECTION 1
Creating virtual self: social media world and youth (ENG.)
Discussion roundtable moderated by Jevgeni Timoštšuk
Elza Dunkels – Umeå University senior lecturer at Department of Applied Educational Science
Nataliia Aniskevich – teacher of management and economics of College of Transport Aviation, PhD student of Russian Academy of Science
Denis Larchenko - project manager of Narva College of the University of Tartu
PARALLEL SECTION 2
Discussion roundtable moderated by Sergei Metlev
Raul Rebane – Estonian journalist and communication consultant
Anton Aleksejev – Estonian Public Broadcasting Moscow correspondent
Julia Rodina – RUS Delfi chief editor
PARALLEL SECTION 3
Open seminar for youth and teachers by
Maria Murumaa-Mengel – Tartu University Journalism and communication programme director
14:30 – Coffee break
15:00 – Keynote address 3: Journalism and the “weaponization of information” in the digital age
Polina Kopylova - freelance-journalist and blogger, based in Helsinki, Finland
Jarmo Koponen - Finnish journalist, former correspondent of YLE in St. Petersburg
16:00 – Closing of the conference
16:30 – Departure of the busses to Tallinn and Tartu
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Friday, 10 November 2017
Media workshops for youth
10:00 – 12:00 Three workshops (with max 20 participants in each):
Workshop 1 with Aleksandr Zukerman (PBK): How to prepare stories and how to interview the ambassador?
Workshop 2 with Artur Zahharov (ERR): What is investigative journalism and how it works?
Workshop 3 with Nikolai Karajev (RUS Postimees): How to write opinion articles?
12:00 – Light lunch
13:00 – Departure of the bus (Only for Ida-Virumaa)
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