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

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

In St. Petersburg, from 25 to 28 April, the All-Russian Popular Front held the second media forum of independent regional and local mass media "Truth and Justice". Maria Khristoforova, the head of the City Group Media Group, shares her impressions.

The 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 Truth and Justice competition for journalistic works. The competition was announced last September by the Foundation for Support of Independent Regional and Local Mass Media.

Russian Post and the problems of print media

Last year, at the discussion platform "Print Media" of the first ONF media forum, the audience discussed the issue of subscription among print media. In particular, they considered such issues as the new law "On postal services", corporatization of "Russian Post".

The main speakers were the director of the publishing house "News Media" Ashot Gabrelyanov, the head of the information agency "My Coast" Tatiana Sedykh, the head of Rospechat Mikhail Seslavinsky. According to the head of Rospechat, from the point of view of paper media, the last year did not end very well: “The fall of the market by 4% in financial volume as a whole, by 10% is the general drop in the income of newspapers and magazines. The difficult situation with retail sales, the same with subscriptions. "

This year, Seslavinsky also raised issues of the Russian Post. Due to the failure of the Russian Post to comply with the agreements on tariffs for the distribution of mass media, the subscription price for regional, including district, newspapers has almost doubled. Vera Voloshinova, who represented the Rostov regional newspaper Molot at the ONF media forum, noted that “all agreements with the Russian Post on the increase in tariffs for the delivery of printed materials were violated. But earlier it was promised: in 2014 this tariff will not grow by more than 25% ”.

In addition, according to regional and local journalists, the rise in subscription prices in a number of regions exceeded all conceivable limits: for example, according to representatives of the Nizhny Novgorod region, by more than 90%, and for some publications - twice or even three times. And according to the co-chairman of the regional headquarters of the ONF in Mordovia, editor-in-chief of Izvestia Mordovia, Oleg Kashtanov, the difficulty lies in the fact that “many publications learned about the tariff increase a few days before the X time and were unable to prepare. Subscriptions have been reduced as a result of the tariff increase. "

Seslavinsky answered the question about the unbearable conditions of the Post for the print media: “It is impossible to solve this problem without bringing it to the level of the president,” said the head of Rospechat. According to him, "Mail" "dreams of throwing off this function. In the structure of income, subscription is only 6%. They are sure that they do not need a subscription, they will earn on something else. "

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 said about the need to “bring to justice the monopolists who unreasonably raise the price of paper. As a result, this policy affects not only the media, but also readers who are deprived of access to information. "

Print media section: problems, experience

Site moderator, head of Sem Days Publishing House, chairman of the profile commission 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,” says Biryukov, despite the fact that there is a tendency for an unofficial competition with both television and the Internet. What conditions are needed for the sustainable development of print media? According to Biryukov, it is necessary to legislate the availability of print media for the population, to amend the draft law on postal services to regulate the social functions of Russian Post for organizing subscriptions, and on state regulation and subsidization of postal rates. “Otherwise, it will be too late to save the subscription,” he concluded.

Maria Khristoforova, Sitim Media Group (Yakutia):

«As my colleagues have confirmed, I would like to ask you, Dmitry Vadimovich, not to unsubscribe so easily. Someone said that it was too late to save the subscription. I disagree with that. Because for most regional publishers, subscription is our way of survival. On the other hand, new management techniques can be invented to support the print media. Today we have gathered from all over the country, and there is a certain helplessness among us in front of the tariff policy of the Russian Post. And, unfortunately, representatives of the Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation, Russian Post are not present today, although these issues were on the agenda of the media forum in advance. Maybe this question should be raised before the president? I would like to propose this: to continue the tradition of the President's "May" decrees and invite him to adopt a decree on supporting our print media and information security in general. Let's all work together, and then it will be clear what the ONF is for, why representatives of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation have come to us today. And somewhere closer to June it will be clear how the all-Russian decade of preferential subscriptions will go, what has become of the prices for printing and paper. I propose to hold a meeting of a specialized commission at the site of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, taking into account the above issues. "

"We refused the services of" Russian Post "

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 print ..."

Chief Editor of the newspaper "Kolymsky Region" Igor Beznutrov (Magadan Region) He expressed gratitude to ONF, who helped to save his publication.

«I would be up here. (St. Petersburg - author's note) would not have arrived if not the help of the 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 identified 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. For four months we did not go out, all our accounts were arrested. And thanks to the support of the ONF, we are working again, everything is also released. By the way, "Kolymsky Region" is not a one-day newspaper, June 2 of this year will be an anniversary - 10 years. We are an independent newspaper, with a circulation of about 4 thousand copies, and we do not receive money from the regional government or the mayor's office.

On the problems of "Mail". It seems to me that her problem is in herself: in her extreme sluggishness. I don’t know why they came to the market to make money, since they can’t simply make a penny? Our newspaper refused the services of the Post. And we have not worked with them for two years. I have created my own distribution network. Our newspaper costs 15 rubles, we specially keep this price in order to be bought, and other newspapers in our Magadan are more expensive. We did this: we sell a person for 10 rubles, he sells it for 15 rubles, and in remote areas of the region they sell our newspaper for 30 rubles and 40 rubles, and people buy it anyway. Why? Because we are the only newspaper that provides 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 print media, there is a “mouthpiece of the regional government” - “Magadanskaya Pravda”. This newspaper, with a budget of 35 million rubles, has a circulation of 1 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 my participation in the Truth and Justice competition. For the competition, I submitted a material about a minister who at one time turned to Dmitry Medvedev, so that for his effective work in the Far East he needs an airplane, a helicopter and another additional building. We have 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:

“I didn’t participate in the“ Truth and Justice ”competition, as I am an employee of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company. A similar competition was held at the Tavrida forum and serious grants were announced. And then I warned the organizers of the forum that there are no conditions for independent media in Chukotka. Take, for example, me as an employee of the state television and radio company. We have no conflicts with local authorities, government agencies. 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 competition "Truth and Justice" I sent a series of materials about the purchase of an expensive SUV by the Tynda city administration. In my 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 about this purchase by the fact that the region is large, the mayor spends more than ten hours on a trip, the roads are unimportant, the car fleet is worn out. We were convinced that it would be better to buy an inexpensive car with more modest means. The materials referred to the amount of more than 3 million rubles. For a city with a population of 30 thousand people, this is significant money from the local budget. At the same time, when the city says that there are no funds to raise wages for workers in social institutions, then, of course, questions arise for 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 you look at some things differently. We do not expect money from the state, local authorities. We provide a platform for various 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 Okrug: paper, printing, delivery, subscription, journalistic personnel. "

How the newspaper is fighting corruption

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 was of an advertising nature, but then when I came to the editorial office, after a certain time we occupied our niche: we became a newspaper exposing corruption. We deliberately went for it. There are six print media in Birobidzhan and ours is the only independent newspaper. For all ten years of the newspaper's existence, 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 will halve it, since everyone has vacations and rest. But now we will have to keep a lower circulation, since we cannot afford printing prices. We publish in Khabarovsk, because there is no printing house in Birobidzhan that prints full-color editions. "

Venerable memory of Yakut warriors

On the eve of the large-scale celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, I could not help talking with Elena Nikolaeva, a journalist for a newspaper from the Novgorod region, where there is a majestic memorial to the fallen soldiers-soldiers, Yakutskaya Street. In general, the residents of the region respect the Yakut warriors, and for them the slogan "Nobody is forgotten, nothing is forgotten" is not an empty phrase.

Elena Nikolaeva, Staraya Russa newspaper (Novgorod region):

«I come from the Belarusian region. When, after graduating from the Faculty of Journalism, I came to work in Staraya Russa, I noticed a large number of monuments, burials, obelisks. People who witnessed how the Yakutians died are still alive. They said that the Germans did not allow to go out on the ice, they say, "you will fail." Yakut snipers, arrows going out on the ice, died. Recently, the President of Russia came to us and awarded the city the title of "Military Glory". A friend of mine once talked about this title to our city on the radio. On the air, people asked questions, “How did the Yakuts die? Why exactly Lake Ilmen? " She said that this was one of the examples of the incompetent operation of our command. In 1968, the government of Yakutia erected a monument to Yakut soldiers near the village of Buregi on the Staraya Russa - Veliky Novgorod highway. "

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 to take not replicas of things, but originals. Little survived from the battle on Lake Ilmen. There are several ski poles and sledges on which weapons were carried, ”says Elena Nikolaeva.

Results of the media forum

The second ONF media forum took place. 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 standpoint, 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, ”the head of state said. And following the results of the plenary session of the media forum, he signed a list of instructions. Olga Timofeeva, co-chair of the Central Headquarters of the ONF, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, at the end of three days of the media forum, noted that those present (from bloggers and journalists to deputies) discussed the most problematic issues of domestic journalism, in particular, the increase in the cost of paper and subscription rates. The head of Rospechat, Mikhail Seslavinsky, assured the audience that all requests and proposals were heard, and appropriate conclusions would be drawn on them.

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