Can the Baltics be to­gether?

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS - The Baltic Times ed­i­tor-in-chief li­nas@baltic­

Per­haps you’ve missed by now a new copy of The

Baltic Times, the Baltics’ long­est run­ning English print pub­li­ca­tion?

From now on, we will be greet­ing you once a month - the dig­i­tal­iza­tion of me­dia and the grow­ing va­ri­ety of on­line out­lets con­stantly push us to re­think our busi­ness model amid the new sit­u­a­tion in the me­dia land­scape and, thence, the changes.

I per­son­ally be­lieve they will work well for our end user - our de­voted sub­scribers, buy­ers and ad­ver­tis­ers. First of all, you’ll have a way thicker news­pa­per – 28 pages of mostly in house-pro­duced ar­ti­cleswith the em­pha­sis be­ing put on an­a­lyt­i­cal stuff – and that is not the end. In the pub­lisher’s plans, there is a glossy mag­a­zine-type pub­li­ca­tion of­fer­ing a lot of in-depth anal­y­sis and bring­ing the Baltics closer through in­sight­ful in­ter­views with lo­cal pol­i­cy­mak­ers, pun­dits and ex­traor­di­nar­ies.

I am ea­ger to turn my ear to your re­marks and wishes when it comes to pro­duc­ing the con­tent, so if you have any sug­ges­tions or ideas, do not hes­i­tate to get in touch with me through the email above.

As a mat­ter of fact, this is­sue of The Baltic Times gives you a glimpse into what the pub­li­ca­tion will look like in the fu­ture –it is more au­then­tic, there is more anal­y­sis and our new four-page sup­ple­ment on dif­fer­ent mar­kets – this time, on the Baltic real es­tate mar­ket - will be a thing to look for.

With the shift, we look to pro­vide you with more pan­baltic out­look like in this is­sue.

With the cen­te­nary an­niver­sary of the coun­tries’ procla­ma­tion of in­de­pen­dence around the cor­ner, the Baltics will cer­tainly bring up anew the glo­ri­ous events of 1918 and high­light the land­mark events of the com­mon his­tory.

So far, Lithua­nia, Latvia and Es­to­nia of­ten failed to work united and, most re­cently, the in­abil­ity to ham­mer out a sin­gle ap­proach on the fu­ture of the re­gion’s gas in­fra­struc­ture is the last ex­am­ple of that.

Among the other ar­ti­cles that I would like to rec­om­mend would cer­tainly be Li­u­das Siuk­steris’ ac­count of the year’s mis­sion to Siberia, an an­nual jour­ney of a group of pa­tri­otic young Lithua­ni­ans to far-flung Siberian vil­lages where hun­dreds of Lithua­ni­ans per­ished in ex­ile. The fate has been the same for the Lat­vians and the Es­to­ni­ans, an­other com­mon thread of Baltic his­tory.

If the Baltics can stand united, it will be eas­ier to tackle threats to­gether and an enemy will be at large.

Li­nas Jegele­vi­cius

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