The end of communist rule in the Soviet Union brought with it a brave new world of media and commerce. Formerly state-owned enterprises were transformed, often through private ownership, and new corporations sprung up overnight to take advantage of the new atmosphere of freedom.
Until now, most research on media and news production in Russia has focused on the scope of government control and comparisons with the communist era. However, extra-governmental controls and the challenges of operating in a newly capitalist environment have been just as important – if not more so – in the formation of the new media climate. Filling the gap in the literature, this book examines the various agents who ‘make’ the news, and discusses the fierce struggle among the various agents of power involved. Drawing on existing theories and scholarship, the book provides a wealth of detail on the actual daily practices of news production in Russia. Original research is combined with compelling first-hand accounts of news production and dissemination to provide an incisive look at the issues and power structures Russian journalists face on a daily basis.
'The book is very well written, easy to read, and provides and excellent introduction to the topic. One must admire the thoroughness, and, indeed, also the courage, with which the author has pursued her research. The book is a worthy addition to any important series.' - Polar Record, Vol. 43, 2007
PART I. THEORIES, METHODS, AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT
CHAPTER 1. CATCHING THE WIND: THEORETICAL APPROACH TO THE STUDY
CHAPTER 2. RUSSIAN MEDIA SYSTEM: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
PART II. AGENTS OF POWER
CHAPTER 3. STATE AGENTS
CHAPTER 4. STATE AND NON-STATE AGENTS OF VIOLENCE
CHAPTER 5. OWNERS
CHAPTER 6. ADVERTISERS
CHAPTER 7. SOURCES OF INFORMATION
CHAPTER 8. RANK-AND-FILE JOURNALISTS
CHAPTER 9. CENTER AND PERIPHERY OF POWER: FROM MEDIA EXECUTIVES TO AUDIENCES
PART III. SPECIAL STUDIES
CHAPTER 10. REGIONAL MEDIA LANDSCAPES: DIVERSITY OF POWER CONFIGURATIONS
CHAPTER 11. THE STORY OF Peterburg - 5 Kanal
CHAPTER 12. THE STORY OF NTV
CHAPTER 13. CHANGE IN THE COVERAGE OF THE CHECHEN WARS
LIST OF INTERVIEWS
This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). The series comprises original, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European Studies in humanities and social science subjects.