The birth date of the Bulgarian-Romanian site, which you read, is 19 September 2015. What happened in the last five years and what follows?
In the summer of 2015 I returned to Rousse as an unemployed person, who has doubts it makes sense to be a journalist in Bulgaria. My attempt to become a corporate employee didn’t end with success. I saved the sense of being a journalist with focus international news without even realising I am doing that through a decision with great potential for change – the foundation of the blog “The Bridge of Friendship”.
Danube Bridge at Rousse-Giurgiu (foto: Yavor Michev)
Presentation of the journalistic experience of the blog „The Bridge of Friendship“
This article is a slightly improved version of a publication, presented at a journalism conference in the University of Veliko Tarnovo.
The EU reconsiders the notion of „border”. The European border is no longer a wall, which divides the nations. Instead it transforms into a magic line beyond which communication, mutual knowledge and collaboration with neighbours unfold. „The crossing of border“ becomes a an object of a lot of reports and strategies of the union, which relies on cross-border connections (See European Commission 2017:1 and 2017:2)
According to a communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on 20 September 2017 the internal border regions of the EU cover 40% of the surface of the EU. 30% of EU’s population – 150 million people, live there. They produce 30% of EU’s GDP. 1,3 million workers travel cross the border in order to go to work (European Commission 2017:3).
The European borders put forward the problem of cross-border public space (Heinderyckx, François 2016). Cross-border journalism can play a special role in this regard.
The Danube Bridge at Rousse-Giurgiu (photo: Yavor Michev)
The blog ”The Bridge of Friendship” was an object of research as part of a journalistic conference in the old capital of Bulgaria
On 8 november 2018 Vladimir Mitev made a presentation in the University of Veliko Tarnovo about the cross-border journalism, which is practiced by the blog ”The Bridge of Friendship”. The presentation discussed about western cross-border journalism, which is known through investigations such as ”The Panama Papers” – the joint work of tens of journalists from different countries and media. An accent from the presentation was how the local application of the western cross-border journalism in Bulgaria – known through the work of the site ”Bivol”, has its limits. It often transforms the journaists in prosecutors or judges, while it convinces the public that ”all (the elite) are the same”, which leads to the apathy of Bulgarians.