How does RANEPA train modern journalists? Ksenia Luchenko says
Ksenia Luchenko, candidate of Philological Sciences, head of the workshop of theoretical and basic disciplines, head of the Department of Theory and Practice of Media Communications at the Media Communications School of the Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) of RANEPA, told the Academy website about the unique "Mediajournalism" undergraduate program. What makes the program unique? Where can its graduates work? Read this article to find out.
1. What makes the program unique?
— First, the “Mediajournalism” program of the RANEPA Institute for Social Sciences is implemented in the Liberal Arts format that is unique for Russian higher education This means that our students study the humanities, social sciences, two languages in depth and choose an additional specialty, the minor. This makes them more competent, confident and flexible in the labor market. In addition, the Liberal Arts department supports its students psychologically and helps them to better navigate their university and profession and learn to make informed choices. For this purpose, there is an institute of tutors and a psychological service, free of charge for students and staff of the Institute for Social Sciences.
Second, our program is closely connected to the industry and the professional community: all of the journalistic disciplines are taught by practitioners — working journalists and media managers. We hold master classes and lectures by media market stakeholders, and an annual Job Fair where potential employers interview our students.
For example, "Search and Verification of Information" is taught by Ilya Ber, editor-in-chief of the "Provereno.media" website. "Journalistic Ethics" is taught by Tatiana Voronova of Reuters. "Advertising in Modern Media" is taught by Natalia Kulakova, editor-in-chief of RBC's partner projects. "Investigative Journalism" is taught by Olga Churakova, the “Project”. "Structuring and Presentation of Information" is taught by Olga Kucherova, editor-in-chief of the Fingazeta. "News" is taught by Pavel Hlyupin, BBC. "Reporting" is taught by Olga Allenova, Kommersant; Irina Gordienko, Novaya Gazeta; Anna Nemtsova, Pulitzer Prize winner. "Interview" is taught by Yulia Chaikina, former head of Forbes Woman. And this is by no means a complete list of studies and professionals the students of the program are to interact with in the course of their studies.
2. What exactly am I going to learn here?
— You will learn how to search for and verify information, how to find and interpret data, write texts of various formats —from news to narrative long-form, how to do interviews and editing, make reports, take pictures and illustrate journalist materials, shoot and edit videos, you will understand better what the Russian language is and how to use it professionally, navigating the media market and managing editorial processes. It is very important to be aware of professional standards and codes of ethics and to be legally literate.
3. What will be the title in the diploma?
4. How is the training organized? Are there subjects in a foreign language?
— The training will be held in small groups where the teacher has contact with each student. We do not have lectures in lecture theaters. The classes are taught by media editors and university media researchers — experienced academics who are proficient in modern methods. All subjects are divided into four workshops — Creative Writing, Business Journalism and Media Management, Multimedia and Theoretical and Basic Disciplines. Each workshop has a supervisor, a master, who is responsible for the course content and quality control. Each student is required to study all subjects of all workshops.
There are no courses in a foreign language now, as journalists from Western media are not allowed to teach in the Russian Federation. But the students always have the opportunity to go for internships at partner universities of the Institute for Social Sciences. Each graduate has knowledge of two foreign languages (two days of the academic week during all the four years of study are dedicated to languages).
5. Where will I be able to work and how much will I be making?
— Our graduates work as journalists and editors in the media, they are in demand in the media in a variety of positions, and often receive salaries above the market average.
6. How do I get into the program?
— To be accepted for the program you need to pass the USE in the Russian language and literature and pass our internal entrance test — write an essay. We explained how to prepare for it in this video consultation.