How are the Nordic and Baltic media coping with their tasks during the COVID-19 crisis? What are citizens’ responsibilities in creating and disseminating information? How can we remain media literate in times when information is abundant? Is there a risk that the legitimate influence of media and citizens on policymaking is going too far?
These are some of the questions answered on the first “Nordic talk” webinar arranged on 31 March,2020 by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia in cooperation with the Baltic Centre of Media Excellence. Among the participants was a media strategist, author and co-founder of crowdfunded Blankspot media project Brit Stakston from Sweden, journalist, associated professor at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, course leader at the Nordic Journalist Centre in Aarhus Asbjørn Slot Jørgensen (Denmark) and UNESCO Media Literacy Chair at the Latvian University, currently a researcher at Tampere University, Finland, Guna Spurava (Latvia). The talk was moderated by Stefan Eriksson, director at the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia.