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This Belarusian sports writer literally ate his words

17 February 2017 · Belarus
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  • (Anthony Rogach / YouTube)

Belarusian sports editor Vyacheslav Fedorenkov may be more careful next time he makes a bet — his last wager saw him eating his own newspaper.

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The Calvert Journal presents digital storytelling workshops throughout Russia

16 February 2017 · Krasnodar · Krasnoyarsk · Moscow · Novosibirsk · Sochi · St Petersburg · Voronezh · Russia
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Are you a journalist, creative, or simply want to know how to produce effective digital content? Beginning on 21 February, The Calvert Journal will be hosting free digital storytelling workshops in cities throughout Russia.

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What would social media have looked like in 1917?

15 February 2017 · Russia
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(Image: Project1917 / Facebook)

1917: Free History, an innovative new project that lets you experience the leadup to the Russian Revolution in the form of a social media feed, has now launched in English.

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Mass resignation the latest hurdle in Kiev’s turbulent journey to Eurovision

15 February 2017 · Kiev · Ukraine
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  • (LIVE - Jamala - 1944 (Ukraine) at the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest / Eurovision Song Contest / YouTube)

Amid preparations already fraught with controversy and challenges, Kiev's quest to host this year's Eurovision Song Contest has hit another significant road bump — 21 high-level members of the organising team have just resigned.

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Since being forced to play old music, Bulgarian National Radio is more popular than ever

14 February 2017 · Bulgaria
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The management at Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) might be thanking their lucky stars that they got embroiled in a copyright battle, leaving the station permitted to only play music produced before 1945 — since waving goodbye to music from this side of the Second World War, the broadcaster has seen audiences grow by 20 per cent.

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Meet the Kazakh reality show star taking China by storm

3 February 2017 · Kazakhstan
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  • Dimash Kudaibergen’s first round performance (Baks TV / YouTube)

When 22-year-old Dimash Kudaibergen entered Chinese TV singing competition Singer 2017, he probably expected to get some welcome press coverage. He may not have bargained for the huge media storm that would surround him within minutes of his first performance.

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Croatian media await funding decision with bated breath

1 February 2017 · Croatia
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New Croatian Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek sparked criticism and concern when she announced her media grants programme in December, leaving many non-profit and leftist media outlets without government funding. Following a stream of high-profile complaints, the outlets are now awaiting a final decision.

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Romanian public TV to see huge funding increase

26 January 2017 · Romania
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TVR’s main building (TVR Pagina Oficiala / Facebook)

This year Romanian public television broadcaster TVR looks set to receive a state budget 7.5 times greater than in 2016, according to draft plans published by the Ministry of Public Finance.

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Budapest-based Philosophy magazine unveils first print issue

19 January 2017 · Budapest · Hungary
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  • (Image: Philosophy magazine)

First founded as a digital publication in 2013 by a group of friends in Budapest, independent contemporary art, photography and fashion magazine Philosophy is launching its first print-based issue.

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Journalist departures spark concern in Albania

13 January 2017 · Albania
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The departure of several journalists and editors from major Albanian media outlets has drawn criticism from the country's opposition party, the Democratic Party, amid fears that opposition voices in the mainstream media are disappearing.

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