This book examines the contemporary communicational practices of journalists and media outlets and the consumption and reception patterns of audiences in Russia’s provinces with an emphasis on the intergenerational transmission of culture and memory.
Investigating the interaction and issues of contemporary identity, culture, audiences and journalism in a rapidly changing and evolving Russia, this volume goes beyond the large metropolitan centres into the provincial regions of Russia to develop a more comprehensive overview. Despite a popular image that is often projected of Russia as a homogeneous, often threatening entity, its regions are very far from being uniform, with diverse, varied geographies, ethnicities, religions, cultures, resources and economic infrastructure. The perspectives offered by a range of scholars and practitioners explore the generational, political and regional diversities that exist across this vast country and analyse local and regional media.
Covering topics not often discussed, this volume offers an important contribution for everyone interested in Russian politics, culture, journalism and history and the study of local and regional communication studies.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Introduction
Greg Simons and Anna Sumskaya
Part I – Shaping Content and Perception
Chapter Two: Word Associations as a Source of Internet-Discourse Development
Chapter Three: Perception of Thematic Multimedia Storytelling by the Digital Media Generation
Valeria Solomeina and Anna Sumskaya
Part II – Culture, Politics and Society in Local Journalism
Chapter Four: Axiological Culture of a Journalist
Chapter Five: Journalist at the Verge of Generations: Intergenerational Differences and Media Presentation Styles
Chapter Six: Periodical Press of the Orenburg Region and Power
Part III – Local and Regional Approaches to “News” Production
Chapter Seven: Concept of Content-Based News Discourse Construction
Chapter Eight: Magic Realism as the Research Optic for Regional News
Ekaterina Gromova and Yuri Yershov
Chapter Nine: The Sheremetyevo Airport Tragedy Framing in the Context of an Information Agenda and Differentiated Editorial Policy
Aleksandr Yefanov and Vitaly Tomin
Chapter Ten: Screen Media as an Interactive Platform for the Generations’ Cultural Experience Transmission
Part IV – Transmitting Communicative and Cultural Memory
Chapter Eleven: Russian Professional Podcasting as an Explorer to the World of Personality and Translator of Communicative and Cultural Memory
Chapter Twelve: Problems of Digitisation of Communicative and Cultural Memory in a Multi-Ethnic Region of Russia
Vladimir Oleshko and Evgeniy Oleshko
Chapter Thirteen: Linguistic Markers of Communicative-Cultural Memory of the Generations in the Reflection of the Social Network
Mikhail Yu. Mukhin and Alina I. Lozovskaya
Greg Simons is currently a researcher at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University, a lecturer in the Department of Communication Science and leading researcher at the Business Technology Institute at Turiba University in Riga, Latvia, and a leading researcher at the Humanitarian Institute at Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, Russia. He is on the Senior Editorial Board of the Journal for Political Marketing.
Anna Sumskaya received her PhD degree in pedagogical sciences at Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University in 2005, and since 2019 she has been an applicant for the degree of Doctor of Philology. Anna has been an associate professor in Television and Other Screen Arts since 2016. From 2008 to 2018 she worked at the Faculty of Journalism of the Chelyabinsk State University, and from 2016 to the present − at the Faculty of Journalism of the Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg, Russia).
"This book, co-edited by two of the most accomplished experts in the field and adopting a regional perspective, commendably puts aside (without negating) familiar accounts of overbearing Kremlin control and repression. Its 13 chapters which, crucially, provide a voice for Russian provincial researchers themselves, paints a much more subtle, diverse, and ultimately more optimistic picture of regional Russian media, emphasising the dynamism and creativity of the younger generation of professionals, and the role of the media as a primary locus for the negotiation of local identities and memory cultures. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in gaining vital new insights into the state of the media and of journalism in contemporary Russia."
Professor Stephen Hutchings, Manchester University, UK
"Studies in Contemporary Journalism and Communication in Russia’s Provinces edited by Greg Simons and Anna Sumskaya allows for deeper understanding of diverse and pluralistic Russian media landscape. Building on specific case studies, authors discuss local and regional approaches to communication and journalism in Russia, transmitting of communicative and cultural memory, generational identity, the rise of new digital cultures in Russia, and a range of other topics. This is a highly cogent and important book that should be of interest to communication scholars worldwide, seeking to understand the media and audience realities in contemporary Russia."
Professor Elena Vartanova, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Dean and Chair in Media Theory and Economics, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
"This edited volume gives voice to new researchers of Russian local media to bring to scholarly discussion new aspects of and perspectives on media and journalism in the country. Contrary to dominating politics-determined view on Russian journalism in the context of unfree media regime, authors of this book discuss cultural, generational, technological, and other issues. This wide scope allows for enlarging and deepening the understanding of local media, professionals, publics, and localised media content."
Dr Olga Dovbysh, Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki University, Finland