Astana Forum Celebrates Young Journalists

ASTANA – The Zhuldyz union of children’s organisations, along with faculty from the journalism and political science departments of Lev Gumilev Eurasian National University held a forum to celebrate youth journalists March 25-28.

The 10th annual forum was held under the theme, “Under a lucky star,” and brought together young correspondents and photographers from public, child and youth publications, television journalists and the heads of Kazakhstan’s child and youth media.

The purpose of the event was to explain to the young journalists the main points of the recent state-of-the-nation address by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and to discuss expanding the influence of youth media on the formation of moral and spiritual values, high culture, civic awareness and tolerance among the younger generation.

The young journalists presented their work to the forum’s audience and received certificates of participation and other awards. Young journalist Diana Saparbekova from the Yessil District in the Akmola Region won the “2014 Young Correspondent of the Year” award. The NOMINA press centre of the Aubakirova Gymnasium (Temirtau) was nominated for an award in the “Super star–Pro” category and the Bolashak–FBC TV press-centre of boarding school No. 4 (Stepnogorsk) received a Grand Prix award in the “Best Children’s Press Centre” category.

Another organisation from Temirtau, Second Happiness, won the “Best Youth Newspaper.” Other winners included the GDYUOO Tansholpan (Stepnogorsk) press centre, the Aktan Times press centre of boarding house No. 1 (Akkol), Kokshetau Myrzakhmetov University and others.

The forum also included the participation of media representatives from Cuba who sent photographs under the theme, “Our ideals are motherland, goodness and justice.”

Addressing the forum’s participants, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba to Kazakhstan Carlos Valdés de la Concepción wished the young journalists success in their careers.

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