1st Edition

Studies in Contemporary Journalism and Communication in Russia’s Provinces

Edited By Greg Simons, Anna Sumskaya Copyright 2022
    230 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    Svetlana Kalganova

    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

    Irina Erofeeva

    Chapter Five: Journalist at the Verge of Generations: Intergenerational Differences and Media Presentation Styles

    Sergey Sverdlov

    Chapter Six: Periodical Press of the Orenburg Region and Power

    Olga Skibina

    Part III – Local and Regional Approaches to “NewsProduction

    Chapter Seven: Concept of Content-Based News Discourse Construction

    Margarita Ereshchenko

    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

    Marina Myasnikova

    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

    Anna Zhuravleva

    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