Welcoming Independent Barents Observer to Eye on the Arctic!

Journalists Atle Staalesen (left) & Trude Pettersen (centre), and editor Thomas Nilsen (right) in the office of the Independent Barents Observer. (Independent Barents Observer)
Journalists Atle Staalesen (left) & Trude Pettersen (centre), and editor Thomas Nilsen (right) in the office of the Independent Barents Observer. ( Susanne Hætta/ Courtesy Independent Barents Observer)
Today we’re happy to inform our readers and listeners that a new Norwegian partner has joined the Eye on the Arctic circumpolar media cooperation project!

The Independent Barents Observer is a journalist-owned news site based in  Kirkenes, a town in the Norwegian Arctic near the Russian and Finnish borders.

The site specializes in the Barents region and wider Arctic issues.

Its origin story is like something out of a movie, and is one many of you may already be familiar with.  (If you want a refresher, click here and here)

Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic is the product of longtime cooperation between circumpolar media organizations: @alaskadispatch, @aprn, @radiosweden, @ylenews , bloggers and of course, @RCInet.

Now, we look forward to restarting a great collaboration with the Independent Barents Observer team: @NilsenThomas, @TrudePettersen & @AtleStaalesen

For more from the Independent Barents Observer, follow them on Twitter @BarentsNews, Instagram barentsnews or like them on Facebook.

And as always, we welcome your comments and feedback on Twitter @eyeonthearctic or arctic@radio-canada.ca

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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