30A Goes to Russia

30A's Mike Ragsdale posed for selfies following his speech about the power of positive news.

The 30A Company’s Mike and Angela Ragsdale recently traveled to Moscow, Russia, after Mike was invited to speak at the 3D Journalism conference – Russia’s largest media forum – about “the power of good news.” The goal of the two-day conference was to help Russian journalists, media executives and hyperlocal entrepreneurs grow their brands and revenue streams in a rapidly changing market. Over 1,000 attendees participated in the forum, with hundreds of thousands of professionals and students across Russia watching live broadcasts online.

Here are some videos and photos of this extraordinary city, and just a few of the wonderful people we met along the way:

Russians were busy preparing for Easter celebrations.
Exploring the city on a rainy day.
Looking out from inside St. Basil’s Cathedral.

First Stop: Moscow’s Famous Red Square!

30A in Moscow’s Red Square

30A visits Russia! … honored to be speaking @ the “3D Journalism” conference in Moscow this Friday (3Djournalism.ru) #3djournalism Pencil Group #30Agoestorussia

Posted by 30A on Wednesday, April 12, 2017


The cathedrals of Sobornaya Square, within the Kremlin walls.

Second Stop: Shopping! =D

30A shopping at ГУМ in Moscow

30A’s off to The Kremlin! … but not before doing a little shopping @ ГУМ (pronounced “GUM”) … 30A’s Mike Ragsdale is there to speak @ Pencil Group’s #3Djournalism conference in Moscow #30Agoestorussia

Posted by 30A on Thursday, April 13, 2017


GUM is an upscale shopping mall, featuring many of the world’s most prestigious brands.
The streets of Moscow.
Inside one of Moscow’s multi-level shopping malls.

Changing of the guard at Moscow’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

Changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Posted by Angela Herschede Ragsdale on Sunday, April 16, 2017


Angela in Moscow’s famous Red Square.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
The two-day 3D Journalism forum was hosted by Pencil Group.
The wonderful group of volunteers and employees who hosted the 3D Journalism conference.
In addition to The 30A Company, foreign speakers included representatives from CNN and The Associated Press, among others.

Following his presentation, Mike sat down for interviews with Russian media:

В мире хороших новостей: интервью с Майком Рэгсдейлом

Mike Ragsdale – создатель портала позитивных новостей 30A в маленьком городке на юге Флориды. У проекта уже более 600,000 подписчиков в Фейсбуке, а деньги он зарабатывает на продажах продукции с логотипом бренда – например, футболок из переработанного пластика.
Мы побеседовали с Майком в рамках конференции “3D Журналистика” о том, зачем людям нужны хорошие новости, и как на новый тренд реагировать компаниям и независимым журналистам, авторам и блогерам.

Posted by Эхо Москвы on Sunday, April 23, 2017


The Russian people are incredibly friendly and fun.
Conference attendees eagerly shared 30A’s message of positivity.
Of course, we brought along a few 30A stickers.

30A took this unique opportunity to establish diplomatic ties with Russian leadership:

what are the odds?! #30AgoestoRussia

Posted by Mike Ragsdale on Sunday, April 16, 2017


Easter bells ringing through the city streets:

Easter Bells in Russia

Happy Easter from MOSCOW! #30AgoestoRussia with Pencil Group

Posted by 30A on Sunday, April 16, 2017


The dining scene in Moscow was exceptional.

We would like to thank Pencil Group for inviting The 30A Company to participate in the 2017 3D Journalism forum. Our new friendships and memories will last a lifetime!

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