The Nordic Council of Ministers’ co-operation on the media and journalism in Northwest Russia has been active for many years. In 2018-19, this co-operation was supplemented with an analysis of Russian media coverage of the Nordic countries, and Nordic media coverage of Russia. In general, the analysis showed that coverage in both directions was extremely negative. Northwest Russia, and especially St Petersburg, is an exception. Here, coverage of the Nordic Region is slightly less political and more positive.
As before, Nordic support for journalism is channelled to the Nordic Journalist Centre and the Danish School of Media and Journalism, which organises courses and activities with a view to balancing journalism and making it more fact based.
The defined objectives for co-operation are knowledge and skills enhancement, network building, and cross-border co-operation.