The first conference of Romanian journalists abroad was carried out over three days, starting September 15, in Montreal, Canada.
According to a release of the Association of Romanian Journalists Abroad (AJRP), participating in the event were representatives of the administration in Bucharest, as well as journalists from several countries where there are large communities of Romanians.
“The media in the diaspora should coagulate the community and show what is most valuable in the respective communities,” Sanda Pralong, Romania’s President’s advisor on Romanians abroad, is quoted in the release as saying.
Ovidiu Iane, Secretary of State with the Ministry for Romanians Abroad, in his turn said that the government has a complete openness to media projects in the diaspora. “We want to financially support the serious journalism projects in print or online, which promote Romania and Romanians,” said Iane.
AGERPRES Romanian National News Agency Director General Alexandru Giboi pointed out, in the same context, that the collaboration with the Romanian media in the countries with large Romanian communities is very important, so that the AGERPRES news may reach as many Romanians in the diaspora as possible.
“To also bring a practical dimension to this collaboration, AGERPRES will provide a free news feed to the entire Romanian media in the diaspora. I hope this way we’ll contribute both to increasing the quality of Romanian journalism abroad and to a better information of Romanians who have chosen to live elsewhere than in Romania,” Giboi said, according to the release.
The release also mentions that most of those present at the congress agreed that the future of journalism is in the online area, radio, publications and even online televisions.
There have also been journalists who maintained that nothing can replace the smell of printed paper and that they will fight as long as they can to stay with the printed press.
“All participants agreed that the media in the diaspora must be for the use and benefit of the Romanians abroad and remain a coagulation element. Moreover, the idea of a more positive media was also shared, which should display the good aspects of the Romanian communities abroad,” the AJRP release mentions.
Cristian Bucur, chairman of the Association of Romanian Journalists Abroad, said that the event was a success. “We’ll definitely repeat this meeting next year, probably in a different city of the world where there are significant Romanian communities,” Bucur said.
The meeting was fully broadcast live on several social media networks.