On June, 18 the ceremonial opening of journalistic courses “Personal correspondent” took place in Donetsk. The Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin, the Acting Minister of Information of the DPR Elena Nikitina, the Deputy of the DPR People’s Council Sergey Kondrykinsky, the special correspondent of Channel One Anton Stepanenko took part in the event.
In his welcoming speech, Denis Pushilin gave a parting word to the young journalists.
“We live in such a time when it is important not to be able to fight on the battlefield only, but the important point is the ability to resist the information war as well. Unfortunately, the mechanisms and methods that our Ukrainian opponents use against us – distortion of reality and facts – create a picture that we have already lost the information war, but these methods are not long-term. I am sure that together we will be able to open the eyes of the world community on the true situation in the Donbass,” the Speaker of the DPR parliament said.
The Deputy of the DPR People’s Council Sergey Kondrykinsky told about how a competition of applicants for participation in the new project “Personal Correspondent” had been held.
“In every institution of higher education there was an active campaign among young people: students went through questioning, testing, interviewing, and only the brightest, the best representatives, according to experts, are here today,” Sergey Kondrykinsky said.
The Acting Minister of Information of the DPR Elena Nikitina told about a positive side of similar courses for development of youth.
“This project is a good opportunity to test oneself and one’s strength. Journalism is a way of life, and at the end of the course you will be able to understand exactly whether this area is for you or not. Even if you understand that journalism is not for you, do not worry, because in any case you will get a lot of information that will radically change your perception of the media,” Elena Nikitina assured the participants of the project.
The invited guest, the Russian military correspondent Anton Stepanenko, told young correspondents about the profession chosen by them in details.
“I must say, the profession is incredibly interesting: new discoveries, unforgettable impressions, throes of creation, plenty of trial and error, the inevitable criticism and much more are waiting for you. All this will allow you to grow over oneself, to become better,” Anton Stepanenko shared information.