Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous country with about 144 million people. The democratic boom of the 1990s turned first into scepticism to democracy and then shifted into populism in the middle of 2000s, which created a penchant for strong-hand rule. Today, Russian journalists are working in a deteriorating media and legislative environment.

Since 1995, Fojo has implemented journalist training and media development programmes in Russia in cooperation with a number of local partners such as Moscow State University, the Russian Union of Journalists, Barents Press and the Foundation for Independent Broadcasters, to name but a few. The programmes have been designed for media professionals from print, web and broadcast media as well as teachers and students of journalism. From1995 to the middle of 2017, Fojo projects have been of great significance to about 4 700 journalists, media managers, editors, journalism teachers and journalism students.

Russian privately owned media companies are operating in an increasingly tough climate and under difficult economic circumstances. To survive in this environment while delivering good journalism, is a huge challenge. Restrictive laws have led to growing self-censorship among editors, bloggers and journalists. Yet, a number of regional media in Russia continue to provide readers with accurate and balanced news coverage, using innovative presentation formats.

Online media has developed rapidly in Russia. An estimated number of about 71.3 % of the population over the age of 16 (in Moscow and St. Petersburg 83%), accessed the Internet in 2016. In recent years Fojo ́s projects in Russia have focused on the opportunities made possible by new technology in terms of production development and presentation formats. However, they have, also paid attention to the challenges and threats presented by the use of new technology.

News organisations worldwide consider the economic climate and market conditions to be major challenges to editorial independence and the business advancements of their media. Russia is no exception; media organisations here need structures and routines, such as mission statements, news policies and specifications of roles and routines in order to ensure viability. Strong business management skills are fundamental for the survival of privately owned media in Russia. That is why Fojo together with local partners will continue to assist regional media in order to increase their expertise when it comes to management and strategic planning, diversification of revenue streams, and the establishment of new partnerships and networks. Other important areas for journalism training with local partners in Russia will be fact-checking, ethics, story telling, data journalism and presentation formats on-line. And of course the old values of journalism will not be neglected in the age of new media.


New research: Gender in the Russian Media Landscape

With support from Fojo and its Russian partners, researches from the The Russian Scientific Academy Institution conducted a gender research during the autumn of...

“Russian regional media need institutional reform”

According to influential stakeholders within the Russian media industry there is need for a significant change when it comes to balancing state funded media...

Discussion on possibilities for a better journalistic coverage

"Our leaders know everything about the customs union and what cooperation will mean for them, but neither we journalists nor ordinary people know anything...



Ideas to journalist teachers

Published: 2006 Language: Russian File size: 6.4MB View and download >>

Does gender equality in the media really matter? (Russian)

Published: 2019-02-26 Language: Russian File size: 0.2MB View and download >>

Does gender equality in the media really matter? (English)

Published: 2019-02-26 Language: English File size: 0.2MB View and download >>

Strategy of the Inevitable Transfer (extract)

Russian publisher Yuri Purgin has written a book where he reflects upon how smaller media houses should think when they face the challenges that...

Gender report Russia 2017

Published: 2017 Language: Russian File size: 9MB View and download >>

Code of ethics

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Quo Vadis?

Published: 2016 Language: Russian File size: 6.5MB View and download >>

Management for Media

Quo vadis? Articles by Russian media experts on trends and business models in media. Published: 2016 Language: Russian File size: 7MB View and download >>

НОВОСТИ Сложное искусство работы с информацией

Published: 2008 Language: Russian Editor: Erik Fichtelius File size: 2.6MB View and download >>


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