Presidential Academy signs cooperation agreement with Russian Union of Journalists

22 December 2021
Presidential Academy signs cooperation agreement with Russian Union of Journalists

Rector of the Presidential Academy Vladimir Mau and Chairman of the Russian Union of Journalists Vladimir Solovyov have signed a cooperation agreement. The parties plan to develop the journalism education system and train highly qualified specialists in media communications.

The partnership will imply involving the journalistic community in the implementation and development of new educational programs, as well as projects to exchange media communications experience and promote journalism education in Russia and abroad. The Union of Journalists will also help journalism students find places for practicums and internships.

“This partnership with the Russian Union of Journalists is a significant milestone for the Academy. Involving the professional community in education is an opportunity for students to learn the most important professional skills from practitioners, and to better understand the responsibility each journalist has. We are at a tipping point now where many believe that traditional journalism is a dying profession; others say it is rather a rebirth. Looking at the history of journalism in the 20th century, we can see that the most prominent journalists had a background in a different field they had explored prior to journalism, such as economics or law. The combination of journalism with other professions is more than relevant today. I think it’s a good idea to experiment with different formats of teaching, and the professional community’s help should be very valuable here. I hope this cooperation will be mutually beneficial,” Vladimir Mau said.

“It is very important for us that our young colleagues, journalism students, can join our large creative union, which provides a lot of opportunities for professional growth. Under the new agreement, we will cooperate in a variety of areas, including research, because the Union of Journalists is, among other things, a research body. It is important for us to know how the profession is changing – both creatively and technologically, as well as to forecast how it will change in the future. We value our cooperation with journalism schools, and this partnership with RANEPA is extremely important for us. I hope that we will combine efforts for the development of journalism in Russia,” Vladimir Solovyov commented.

Vladimir Solovyov awarded several RANEPA professors with the honorary Union of Journalists badges For Services to the Professional Community: Vladimir Silkin, Dean of the Journalism Department at RANEPA Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS); Yulia Budinas from the Department of Cultural Policy Management at IPACS; and Lidia Kornilova, Head of the Production and Cultural Policy Department, IPACS.

IPACS RANEPA offers a range of Bachelor's and Master's programs in Journalism, including Production and Cultural Policy; Expert Journalism, Criticism and Review; Political Journalism; Business Journalism; Sports Journalism (includes learning a foreign language with high proficiency) and Journalism and Media Technologies. The Liberal Arts Department at the Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Media Journalism.

The Russian Union of Journalists is the largest nationwide non-political professional public association created to protect the interests of Russian journalists. The union includes 85 regional branches and more than 40 creative guilds.

The agreement was prepared by the Production and Cultural Policy Department, IPACS RANEPA.

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