Photo: Albin Hillert/CEC
By Klaus Rieth
Miriam Stålsett Follesø comes from a family that is well known both in Norway and internationally. Her grandfather was General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Geneva from 1985 to 1994 and Lutheran bishop of Oslo from 1998 to 2005. He was also a member of the Committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize.
Her mother is a psychologist, specialising in religion-related subjects and her uncle, a professor of theology in Oslo.
Miriam herself works as a communications adviser on social media at the National Council in the Church of Norway. Prior to that, she was media advisor to the former Lutheran bishop of Oslo and has a masters degree in rhetoric.
And now she has been lent to the Conference of European Churches for a week, as part of the media team that is reporting the events and broadcasting the results of the General Assembly in Novi Sad. Another seventeen communication specialists and eight stewards from eleven European countries work alongside Miriam in the Media Centre.
The work in Novi Sad is a good opportunity for Miriam to expand her professional network and gain new experience in the international field. For example, she gave a presentation on digital discipleship at the Pre-Assembly Youth Event preceding the General Assembly.
The Media Centre consists of a camera team, photographers and web editors as well as specialists in social media.