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Putin: "... the goals must be achieved"

Putin: "... the goals must be achieved"

In St. Petersburg from 25 on 28 April the All-Russian People's Front held the second media forum of independent regional and local mass media "Truth and Justice". Maria Khristoforova, the head of Media group "Sitim" shares her impressions.

Participants of the media forum were publishers of regional and federal media, deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, heads of media communities, as well as winners of the journalism competition "Truth and Justice". The contest was announced in September last year by the Foundation for the Support of Independent Regional and Local Media.

"Post of Russia" and problems of print media

Last year, at the discussion site "Print Media" of the first media forum of ONF, the participants discussed the issue of subscription among print media. In particular, such issues as the new law "On Postal Communication", the corporatization of the "Post of Russia" were considered.

As the main speakers were Director of the publishing house "News Media" Ashot Gabrelyanov, head of the information agency "My Coast" Tatyana Sedykh, head of Rospechat Mikhail Seslavinsky. According to the head of Rospechat, from the point of view of paper mass media the last year did not end well: "The market fall by 4% in the financial volume in general, by 10% - the overall decline in the incomes of newspapers and magazines. The difficult situation with retail sales is the same with a subscription. "

This year, Seslavinsky also touched on the issues of the "Russian Post". Due to non-compliance with the "Mail of Russia" agreements on tariffs for the distribution of media, the cost of subscription for regional, including regional, newspapers has almost doubled. Vera Voloshinova, who represented the Rostov regional newspaper Molot at the ONF media forum, noted that "all agreements with the Post of Russia on the growth of tariffs for the delivery of printed products were violated. But in fact it was promised earlier: in 2014 this tariff will not grow by more than 25% ".

In addition, according to regional and local journalists, the increase in subscription prices in several regions exceeded all conceivable limits: for example, according to representatives of the Nizhny Novgorod region, more than 90%, and some publications - twice or even three times. And according to the co-chairman of the regional headquarters of the ONF in Mordovia, the editor-in-chief of Izvestia of Mordovia, Oleg Kashtanov, the difficulty also lies in the fact that "many publications learned about raising tariffs a few days before the X-time and could not prepare. As a result of the increase in tariffs, the subscription has been reduced. "

Seslavinsky answered the question about the unbearable conditions of the "Post" for the print media: "Without making it to the level of the president, it is impossible to solve this problem," the head of Rospechat noted. According to him, "Mail" "dreams to throw off this function. In the revenue structure, the subscription is only 6%. They are sure that they do not need a subscription, they will earn on the other. "

Seslavinsky also cited figures on grants for the media from the federal budget. Only this year, support from the federal authorities received 299 print media from 54 regions, the total amount - 115 million rubles. The average subsidy for regional media amounted to 260 thousand rubles. The number of media outlets and the amount of grants is unlikely to be increased. And this is despite the fact that in the top 10 best media in the regions there are always local newspapers, and in some places they are even the majority. According to him, together with ONF there is a discussion of the possibility of increasing the amount of assistance to the regional media. In the current year, 270 million will be provided for the support of regional media.

The head of Rospechat stated the need to “call for the responsibility of monopolists who unreasonably overstate the price of paper. As a result, not only the media suffers from such a policy, but also readers who lose access to information. ”

Print media section: problems, experience

Moderator of the site, the head of "Publishing House" Seven Days "", chairman of the relevant committee of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Dmitry Biryukov Said that the main issue for the print media, as for everyone else, is the survival of the press as an industry. According to him, the printed press does not die out, as it is commonly believed.

"Newspapers and magazines for Russian readers remain the main carrier and source of information," Biryukov said, despite the fact that there is a tendency for an undisclosed competition with both television and the Internet. What are the conditions for sustainable development of print media? According to Biryukov, it is necessary to legislatively fix the availability of print media for the population, to introduce amendments to the draft law on postal service that regulate the "Post of Russia" social functions for organizing the subscription, and on state regulation and subsidizing postal tariffs. "Otherwise, it will be too late to save the subscription," he concluded.

Maria Khristoforova, City Group Media Group (Yakutia):

«As my colleagues confirmed, I would like you, Dmitry Vadimovich, to ask that we not so easily abandon the subscription. Someone said that it's too late to save a subscription. I do not agree with this. Because for most regional publishers a subscription is our way of survival. On the other hand, you can come up with new management techniques to support print media. Today we have gathered from all over the country, and among us there is a certain helplessness over the tariff policy of the "Russian Post". And, unfortunately, today there are no representatives of the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation, the "Post of Russia", although these issues were on the agenda of the media forum. Maybe this question should be raised before the president? I want to propose this: to continue the tradition of the "May" decrees of the President and invite him to take a decree on supporting our print media and, in general, information security. Let's work together, and then it will be clear what the ONF is for, for which the representatives of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation came to us today. And somewhere closer to June it will be clear how the all-Russia decade of preferential subscription will be held, which became with the prices for the printing press and paper. I propose to hold a meeting of the specialized commission on the platform of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation taking into account the above-mentioned issues. "

"We refused the services of" Mail of Russia "

Taking advantage of the opportunity provided by the media forum, I talked with colleagues from the Far Eastern Federal District.

"For four months we did not go to press ..."

The editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Kolyma region" Igor Beznutrov (Magadan region) He expressed gratitude to ONF, who helped to save his publication.

«I would be up here. (St. Petersburg - approx.) Would not have reached, if not help ONF. The ticket price from Magadan to St. Petersburg is about 84 thousand rubles. And the second point, why I am grateful to ONF: this organization actually helped to save our newspaper. Last year we revealed a serious corrupt official - a deputy of the regional Duma. And this man by pure chance turned out to be a secret informant of the FSB in the Magadan region. As a result, our newspaper was closed. Four months we did not go out, all our accounts were arrested. And thanks to the support of ONF, we are working again, everything is also being released. By the way, the "Kolyma region" is not a one-day newspaper, 2 June this year will be an anniversary - 10 years. We are an independent newspaper, the circulation is somewhere 4 thousand copies, and from the regional government, the mayor's office does not receive any money.

On the problems of "Mail". I think her problem is in her own: in her extreme slowness. I do not know why they came to the market to make money, since they can not earn elementary money for a penny? Our newspaper refused the services of the "Mail". And we have not worked with them for two years. I created my own distribution network. Our newspaper is worth 15 rubles, we specifically keep this price in order to buy us, and other newspapers we have in Magadan are more expensive. We did this: a man we sell for 10 rubles, he sells it for 15 rubles, and in hard-to-reach areas of the region our newspaper is sold for 30 rubles, and for 40 rubles., And people still buy. Why? Because we are the only newspaper providing a platform for discussion topics, "Beznutrov said.

He also said that with the total population of the Magadan region (at the moment it is about 145 thousand people), along with other printed publications, there is a "mouthpiece of the regional government" - "Magadanskaya Pravda". This newspaper, with a budget of 35 million rubles, is a circulation of 1 thousand copies.

Independent media

Konstantin Pronyakin, IA "Debri-DV" (Khabarovsk Territory), Told that he is releasing one completely independent media. Also has shared:

"I got to this media forum thanks to participation in the contest" Truth and Justice ". At the contest I was submitting material about a minister who once addressed Dmitry Medvedev, so that for his effective work in the Far East he needs an airplane, a helicopter and another additional building. We published this document, written in the name of Medvedev. And after the publication, the minister refused everything, and they sold the building. "

“There are no conditions for independent media in Chukotka”

Igor Badanov, VGTRK-Chukotka:

"In the contest" Truth and Justice "I did not participate, since I am an employee of the VGTRK. A similar competition was held at the Tavrida forum, serious grants were announced. And I then warned the organizers of the forum that there are no conditions for independent media in Chukotka. Take, say, me as an employee of the state television and radio company. We do not have conflicts with local authorities and state structures. We cover their activities. I believe that in Chukotka with a population of 50 thousand people there are no conditions for the development of independent media. "

"We do not expect money from the state"

Maxim Ermakov, journalist of the weekly "BAM" (Tynda, Amur Region):

«For the contest "Truth and Justice" I sent a series of materials about the purchase of an expensive off-road vehicle by the administration of Tynda. In the publications, I touched upon the reaction of the public, the prosecutor's office and the administration itself. As a result, the purchase was canceled. The administration explained this purchase by the fact that the area is large, the mayor spends more than ten hours on the trip, the roads are unimportant, the car park is worn out. We were convinced that it is better to buy an inexpensive car for more modest means. The materials dealt with the amount of more than 3 million rubles. For a city with a population of 30 thousand people, this is a significant local budget. At the same time, when the city says that there are no means to raise wages for employees of social institutions, then, of course, there are questions to the local administration.

Our newspaper 2 thousand copies, fully distributed by subscription. We have great difficulties with printing: we send a copy to Blagoveshchensk. We have a printing house in Tynda, but it does not print full-color publications. Three newspapers are published in Tynda: one municipal and two private. How do we survive? We try to participate in various competitions and grants. For example, we have experience that is useful for other media: we, the editorial staff, having united with some organization, together take part with joint projects for a presidential grant.

The forum is useful, it makes some things look different. We do not expect money from the state, local authorities. We provide a platform for different opinions, we participate in grants. The forum showed me that the problem of local and regional publications is the same from St. Petersburg to the Chukotka Autonomous Region: paper, printing, delivery, subscription, and journalistic personnel. ”

How the newspaper is fighting corruption

The journalist of the newspaper "Gazeta na dom" Elena Golub (Birobidzhan, Jewish Autonomous Region) Told about how the newspaper's editorial office is fighting corruption in the truest sense of the word:

“At first, the publication had an advertising character, but then when I came to the editorial office, after a certain time we took our niche: we became a newspaper exposing corruption. We deliberately went for it. There are six publications in Birobidzhan and the only independent newspaper is ours. For all the ten years of the newspaper, we have not taken a single penny from anyone. In winter, the newspaper has a circulation of about 5 thousand copies, and by the summer we reduce it twice, since all holidays have rest. But now we will have to keep a lower circulation, since we cannot afford typographical prices. We are printing in Khabarovsk, because there is no printing house in Birobidzhan that prints full-color publications. ”

Venerable memory of Yakut warriors

On the eve of the large-scale celebration of the 70 anniversary of the Great Victory, I could not help talking to Elena Nikolaeva, a journalist from a newspaper in the Novgorod region, where there is a majestic memorial to the memory of the fallen soldier soldiers, Yakutskaya Street. In general, the residents of the region respect the Yakut warriors, and for them the slogan "No one is forgotten, nothing is forgotten" is not an empty phrase.

Elena Nikolaeva, the newspaper "Staraya Russa" (Novgorod region):

«I come from the Belarusian region. When, after graduating from the journalism faculty, I came to work in Staraya Russa, I noticed a large number of monuments, graves, and obelisks. Until now, people are alive who witnessed the death of the Yakut people. They said that the Germans did not let them go out on the ice, they say, "you will fail." Yakut snipers, arrows coming out on the ice, perished. Recently, the Russian president came to us and awarded the city the title of "Military Glory." My friend once said on the radio about this title to our city. On the air, people asked the questions "But how did the Yakut people perish? Why exactly Lake Ilmen? ". She said that this was one of the examples of the incompetent operation of our command. The government of Yakutia in 1968 year near the settlement of Buregi on the route Staraya Russa - Veliky Novgorod was erected a monument to the soldiers-yakutians. "

Nikolaeva told about the Museum of the North-Western Front, located in the city of Staraya Russa. This is the first and only front-line museum in Russia. The museum in Staraya Russa became the first of its kind, comprehensively telling about the operation in the war years of the whole front of the Red Army. According to the workers of the museum, they set themselves the task of first showing the war on both lines of trenches. "The duty of the state museum is not to take replicas of things, but originals. A little has survived from the battle on Lake Ilmen. There are several ski poles and sledges, on which weapons were jammed, "- says Elena Nikolaeva.

Results of the media forum

That was the second media forum ONF. Russian President, ONF leader Vladimir Putin took part in the final day of the media forum. He stated that the state support system should extend to independent media. “From a formal position, the state pays its structures. But society as a whole is interested in the development of an independent segment of the media. And therefore, it is necessary to work out such a support system so that it spreads to everyone, ”said the head of state. And according to the results of the plenary meeting of the media forum, he signed a list of instructions. Olga Timofeyeva, co-chairman of the Central Headquarters of ONF, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, noted at the end of the three days of the media forum that those present (from bloggers and journalists to deputies) discussed the most problematic issues of national journalism, in particular, the increase in the value of paper, subscription rates. The head of Rospechat, Mikhail Seslavinsky, assured the audience that all requests and suggestions were heard, and appropriate conclusions would be made on them.

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