Head of Russia’s Rossotrudnichestvo Lauds Success of SputnikPro Program for Journalists

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SputnikPro, an international project for journalists and media professionals, has proven to be in demand, with the number of countries wanting to join in constantly growing, Eleonora Mitrofanova, the head of Russian foreign cooperation agency Rossotrudnichestvo, told Sputnik in an interview.

Sputnik International News Agency and Radio, in collaboration with Rossotrudnichestvo's New Generation program, launched SputnikPro last October.

"I consider this program highly successful. The more foreign journalists come to Russia and become acquainted with our country, the more direct contacts will be established between Russian and foreign journalists ... The number of participating countries and delegates is constantly increasing. In 2015, only 20 young journalists took part in the program, while in 2019 there were about 40 participants," Mitrofanova said.

She also noted that more than 120 young media professionals from Latin America, Asia and Africa took part in SputnikPro last year.

SputnikPro is an international project for journalists, students and press workers designed to exchange expertise with foreign colleagues, develop international media communications and intercultural ties between journalists.

Sputnik is one of the largest international media companies offering country-specific and regional multimedia websites in 32 languages, analogue and digital radio broadcasting in Russian, English and French in 130 cities and online. Sputnik newsfeeds deliver 24/7 content to leading international media around the world in English, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese. Sputnik's websites get more than 50 million visitors a month. The agency operates 22 bureaus across the world, employing more than 1,000 people from dozens of countries.