Sevastopol MediaWeekend gathered leading experts from the Russian media sphere in Sevastopol for the first time. The event was attended by the leaders and journalists of the Russia Today News Agency, Sputnik Radio, TASS, Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House, Vzglyad.ru, RBK TV, representatives of the Russian Union of Journalists, WCIOM (ВЦИОМ), and the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation
Governor of Sevastopol Dmitry Ovsyannikov, together with leading experts of the Russian media, met Sevastopol students of Sevastopol State University and Lomonosov Moscow State University in the Konstantinovskaya Battery. The students united in teams prepared five projects for the jury during the foresight session.
Leading journalists gave an expert assessment of each of the ideas, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of the works. According to the results of the voting, the best project is the proposal to use IT-technologies in the field of archaeological research. The authors proposed to digitize the relics at the excavation stage. The head of the city noted that for a region, in which archeological work is constantly being conducted, this is a very interesting project.
Within the framework of Sevastopol MediaWeekend, students presented projects of different focuses, but a common theme - the key topic was the overcoming the international isolation of the Crimea and Sevastopol. The students told that they created a youth media project to break through the information blockade. There were also proposals to create an online resource dedicated to the period of early Christianity on the peninsula, and projects aimed at strengthening the humanitarian ties of Sevastopol and Crimea with the countries of the Mediterranean region through public diplomacy.
"Those projects that our students represented are primarily related to the development of Sevastopol and the development of international cooperation. Of course, the projects are supposed to be developed, but we will certainly support our active participants. Sevastopol MediaWeekend and our work with students are links of the one chain in strengthening the information image of Sevastopol, not only within the country, but also abroad. It is important that leaders and journalists from leading media are in the city today - we want to show our colleagues what is happening here", said Dmitry Ovsyannikov.
During the media tour, journalists and leaders of the federal media got acquainted with the cultural life of the city, visited the unique objects of the region, and were able to form their own opinion about the dynamics of the development of Sevastopol.
"It was very important for me to find out how young people live in Sevastopol today. We can point out the relevance of students' initiatives. The guys formulated the idea of public diplomacy very correctly - it is not always necessary to create a powerful news agency. Anyone who has been in Sevastopol understands that its image in the Western media is not consistent with reality. It is necessary to work hard and methodically during a long time and then it will be possible to break this informaion blockade”, said Anatoly Kuzichev, the host of the Channel One's program “Vremya Pokazhet”.
As part of the Sevastopol MediaWeekend, the guests visited the Konstantinovskaya Battery Museum and Exhibition Complex. The participants laid flowers at the monument to the Battery defenders in 1941-1942. Representatives of the "Maritime Assembly" together with the reenactors and cadets of Black Sea Higher Naval College named after Nakhimov (ЧВВМУ им.Нахимова) told about the project of reviving the heroic brig "Mercury". The media delegation also visited the "Tauric Chersonese" Museum-Reserve and Balaklava.
The Konstantinovskaya Battery Museum and Exhibition Complex, renovated by the Russian Geographical Society, was opened in Sevastopol for visiting in 2017. The Konstantinovskaya Battery was built in the XIX century to block the entrance to the Sevastopol Bay for enemy ships. It is located on the cape with the same name (Konstantinovsky Cape) in the northern part of the Sevastopol Bay. The fortress is one of the oldest preserved buildings of Sevastopol. It is one of the main symbols of the city; each stone of the fortress is imbued with the glorious history of Russian maritime traditions and exploits. The Russian Geographical Society has conducted a large-scale reconstruction of the citadel. The builders restored the Battery according to old drawings provided by the Central Archive of the Russian Navy in St. Petersburg. Today, the fortress is a unique open-air museum: the historical exposition is open to the public in the Battery’s casemates.