During the first half of 2017 Vikes organized a training for 30 young journalists, with participants from Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. The focus was on offering journalists a practice-oriented training organized and planned by experienced Finnish and international journalists and media experts.
The participants learned about the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as different dimensions of development, and became more familiar with global interdependencies. In addition, they got practical tips on where to get contacts and information, and how to sell stories to editors and media houses. Feedback from the participants of the training was very positive, and they were especially happy with the concrete stories and practical tips they got from the more experienced lecturers. Vikes is organizing a similar training on September 21-23 in Helsinki.
In addition, our invited lecturer, the renowned former BBC correspondent Elva Narcia, visited Tallinn and Vilnius to give guest lectures to journalists and NGOs in events organized by Mondo and House of Europe in May 2017.