UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication
Description and Mandate of the Chair
UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication of the Faculty of Journalism at the Moscow State University, named after M.V. Lomonosov
The UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication was founded in 1993 at Moscow State University under the Faculty of Journalism. The Head of the Chair is the President of the Faculty of Journalism, Professor Yassen N. Zassoursky:
- To conduct research on media systems development in Russia, the former USSR and Eastern European countries in the context of global informational processes.
- To promote the leading foreign scientific and educational institutions’ best practices, to develop the advanced knowledge and new technologies penetration in journalism education programmes.
- To coordinate affiliated international centers and research laboratories activities.
The UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication organizes conferences, lectures and seminars with participation of well-known foreign and Russian scientists, journalists, public figures, politicians, diplomats, as well as trainings for journalists, public relations and advertising specialists, scholars in humanitarian studies.
Recently the UNESCO Chair has offered conferences and seminars on such topics as the freedom of the press, journalism and law, media ethics, media coverage of elections in Russia and abroad, political advertising, new information and communication technologies, mass media and culture, journalism and women, informational agencies and news market, distance learning, mass media and human rights, mass media and informational society, media education, International humanitarian law and journalism, public relations, television and broadcasting, Internet and network communication, telecommunications, international journalism and multipolar world, gender problems in journalism, media psychology, history of journalism and press, mobile journalism.
The UNESCO Bureau in Moscow, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, the Russian Union of Journalists, the Moscow Union of Journalists, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Glasnost Defense Foundation.
- Yassen N. Zassoursky, professor, PhD in Philology, head of the Chair in History of foreign journalism and literature, president of the Faculty of Journalism
- Elena L. Vartanova, professor, PhD in Philology, head of the Chair in Media theory and economics, dean of the Faculty of Journalism
- Oleg A. Bakoulin, associate professor, PhD in History, head of the Chair in Mass media techniques and photojournalism
- Galina F. Voronenkova, professor, PhD in Philology, director of Free Russian-German institute for journalism at the Faculty of Journalism
- Olga A. Voronova, senior lecturer, chief of training department for regional journalists
- Anastassia V. Grusha, associate professor, PhD in Philology, director of Russian-Italian centre for media, communication and cultural studies at the Faculty of Journalism, deputy dean for teaching
- Evgeni B. Zaitsev, associate professor, PhD in Philology, director of Centre for Chinese mass media studies at the Faculty of Journalism
- Ivan I. Zassoursky, associate professor, PhD in Philology, director of convergence laboratory, head of the Chair of new media and mass communication theories
- Lydia M. Zemlyanova, leading researcher, PhD in Philology
Azat H.-G. Ibragimov, associate professor, PhD in Philology
- Evgeny V. Kruglov, associate professor, PhD in Philology, director of Russian-Indian centre for media and cultural studies at the Faculty of Journalism
- Tatyana Y. Lebedeva, professor, PhD in Philology
- Maria M. Lukina, associate professor, PhD in Philology, deputy dean for curriculum
- Mikhail I. Makeenko, associate professor, PhD in Philology, deputy dean for international relations
- Natalya M. Malashenko, associate professor, PhD in Philology
- Marina M. Pavlikova, associate professor, PhD in Philology, head of the Centre for media studies in Finland and Scandinavia “NordMedia”
- Anna A. Paisova, associate professor, PhD in Philology, director of the Iberoamerican centre for journalism and cultural studies
- Igor A. Razumovskiy, researcher and journalist, specialist in the Far Eastern region studies
- Andrei G. Richter, professor, PhD in Philology, director of the Moscow Media law and policy institute
Vladimir V. Slavkin, associate professor, PhD in Philology, the Faculty of Journalism scientific secretary
- Sergei S. Smirnov, associate professor, PhD in Philology, head of the New communication technologies department
- Olga V. Smirnova, associate professor, PhD in Philology, director of the Centre for gender studies and mass media, deputy dean for post-graduate education
- Lidiya N. Sukhorukova, associate professor, PhD in Philology, director of the French College of Journalism at the Faculty of Journalism
- Natalia V. Urina, senior researcher, PhD in Philology
- Vera O. Sheliastina, head of the curriculum department for foreign students
- Galina G. Shepilova, associate professor, PhD in Philology, deputy dean for research
- Tamara S. Yakova, senior researcher, PhD in Philology
The Faculty of Journalism students interested in research, postgraduate students and young scholars also take part in the activities of the Chair.
Progress Report (period of activity: 2010, 2011)
The UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication played particular attention to the international cooperation with leading universities of Europe, North and South America, Africa, Latin America. The Chair organized joint conferences, seminars and round tables, invited foreign specialists to deliver lectures and present practical courses to students and scholars. This stimulated mutual exchange of effective education experience, facilitates long-term international academic contacts.
Special attention was also paid to the meetings organized in the regions of Russian Federation and abroad where Russian specialists and experts were invited.
The UNESCO Chair continued the promotion and implementation of strategy program aimed at mass media democratic concept development. The Chair studied the role of mass media in civil society formation and development, monitored the development of the freedom of the press in the countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as post-socialist countries.
In 2010 and 2011 the particular attention was paid to the problems of informational society, overcoming of digital divide in Russia and other post-Soviet countries, media education, media economics, elections in Russia and abroad and their media coverage, new information and communication technologies, information law development.
The Chair organized several international conferences with participation of leading researchers from universities of Europe, USA, India and China:
- Annual international conference on journalism problems
- Round-tables on journalism education
- Russian-Indian conference
- Russian-Chinese conference
- Conferences and round-tables on media education
Key conferences / Meetings 2010-2011
Conference “Threat of Terrorism and International Journalism” was held on the 29th of July 2010 at The Voice of Russia conference hall. The faculty’s lecturers and professors, journalists of the radio station The Voice of Russia, political scientists, media and international relations researchers took part in the meeting. The following topics were discussed: international terrorism as a major threat to modern democracies; terrorist activities’ media coverage in different regions of the world; international journalism and aggressive information wars; the role of mass media in the international fight against terrorism.
After the meeting collected articles of the conference participants were prepared (published in November 2010).
Round table “USA Elections 2010 and Mass Media” took place at the Faculty of Journalism on the 2nd and 23th of November 2010. The debates were devoted to the House and Senate Elections in the USA in 2010. Experts on international relations such as professors B.A. Kalyagin and B.A. Gontarev, international affairs experts as D.B. Voskoboinikov and V.L. Zhamkin were invited to take part in the discussion. Professor L.M. Zemlyanova and researcher I.A. Razumovskiy presented their reports.
The Chair prepared pre-election statistics reference brochures. The round table report was published on the web site of The Voice of Russia. The round table’s participants reports were prepared and published in the collected articles brochure.
Report on activities in 2010 and 2011
By the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication at the Faculty of Journalism, the Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov.
During 2010-2011 the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication continued its activities according with proclaimed general basic principles, aims and strategic purposes, which included the studies of the Russian and Eastern European Media in context of global changes and information processes. The Chair tended to search the most important and actual experience of the leading science, research and study international institutions and implement in Russia best educational and research technologies. The Chair also tried to go on with the long-term and strategic program of developing mass-media democratic principles and conceptions. With the main purpose to achieve this goal the Chair continued its studies of the mass-media role in a civic society, and monitoring of freedom of press traditions in the former socialist states. The important angle of studies was turn on problems of the information society, overcoming the digital divide as in Russia, so in other post-socialist countries, media education, elections media coverage also in Russia and abroad, media economics, new information and communication technologies, information law.
In 2011 the Chair held several international conferences and round-tables with participation of leading scholars from universities of Eastern and Western Europe, the USA, India, China, other regions and countries. These conferences were on general journalism problems, media and journalism education, Russian-Indian and Russian-Chinese conferences with specific focus on regional and global trends in mass-media of these countries. The image of Russia in foreign media and images of foreign countries in Russian media were also in the agenda of these conferences and round-tables. The scholars and experts from MSU and other universities and institutions participated. The print publication with conference materials was later distributed among all interested specialists. The representatives of UNESCO Bureau in Moscow welcomed the participants at the conference opened session.
The UNESCO Chair also organised seminars and professional retraining programs for journalists, PR and advertising specialists, as well as specialists in layout, design, photo-, TV- and radio-journalism. It also invites professors, scholars in humanitarian studies, politicians, diplomats, public figures to present their guest lectures.
During 2011 the Chair organised and held number of conferences, seminars and round-tables also on such subjects like: media-education, human rights, new information and communication technologies, digital divide, media images, media ethics, information law and legal practice, International humanitarian law, gender problems in journalism, mass-media and culture, long-distance education in journalism, media coverage of political and election campaigns, internet and new communication, political advertising, mass-media in transition period, layout and design, digital broadcasting and telecommunications, mass-media and market principles, language of mass communication, blogging and social networking.
The main angle of the 2011 studies was put on the media coverage of the elections in various countries, including the United States of America, France, Germany (local elections), Spain and Greece, Egypt, and the Russian Federation Parliamentary and Presidential elections). The UNESCO Chair prepared its participation in the forthcoming celebration of the 65th anniversary of the journalism education in the Moscow State University, the 60th anniversary of the Journalism Faculty foundation at the Moscow State University, prepared some documents for the special meeting of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and the State Duma (the low Chamber of the Russian Parliament) devoted to the new standards in professional journalism education, as well as the freedom of expression and freedom of press ideas. The UNESCO Chair coordinated activities of international and regional media centers of the Faculty of Journalism, the Moscow State University.
Among the other UNESCO Chair programs were the courses for re-training professional journalists, intensive courses on new media technologies, long-distance education formats. During the period of 2010-2011 the Chair assisted in publication of textbooks and learning materials. Scholars from US, Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Hungary, China, India and other countries presented their lectures at the UNESCO Chair meetings. It is important to stress the establishing of the direct contacts with leading professional Indian institutions specialised in media studies and education.
The group of the UNESCO Chair scholars visited the conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, in Braga (Portugal) and Istanbul (Turkey) July, 2010 and 2011, maintained the preparation for the IAMCR meeting in Durban (South Africa) in July, 2012.
Prof. Yassen N. Zassoursky
Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication
President and Professor
Faculty of Journalism
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Tel. (+7) 495 629 37 80