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Letter to Prospective Students

Hello,

My name is Oleg Dmitriev. I am the Academic Supervisor of International News Production (INP) Master’s Programme. Thank you so much for your interest to this brand new course. 

I would like to explain to you my ideas about the programme and the structure of the curriculum in a few words. 

Mission and admission

We invite everyone who is interested in the career with international media. Fluent English is a must. The admission to the INP programme will be done in the form of the interview with each candidate.  

The curriculum spans over 2 years. Our main objective is to give all the students an up-to-date knowledge about the latest “hot” trends in the changing media environment and give an opportunity for practice at international newsrooms in Moscow, Russia. Together we will do our best to implement the latest findings of media theory into practice in the form of the various projects.  

The start of the studies

During the first year with us we will offer you basic academic courses that have become important in the best media schools around the world. They will include:

  • History and theory of the media
  • Media Economics
  • Legal aspects in the media sphere

One of the academic highlights of the INP programme is a course called “Communication in a globalized world” where we will try to assess the traditional mainstream media influence on the general public  and analyze the cases where the power of information was used successfully… or misused.

From the very first day the INP students  can test their skills in practice. During classes we will review and improve your skills in text writing, taking still photos,  sound recording and editing. We expect that these storytelling activities will help to come up with your original ideas which could be a great challenge to the mainstream news approach.

“The trendy part” of the curriculum is video production tips for traditional and “new” media. These skills are broken up into the courses called “Technologies of media production” and “New media programming and reporting”.  

Later on in the process you will also learn the ways to accommodate your video for various cross-media projects as well as for YouTube and similar platforms. The “cream of the pie” of the video segment in our program is the so-called “360TV experience”. The tutors from this course are specialists from the Russian media outlets that won various awards for their professional achievements.

Besides, we offer you a course on the basics of Data Journalism.  You will learn to analyze figures, statistics, polls and visualize them. It will help you to create interesting news stories news stories and projects that provide substantial information to the target audience. 

Further steps into the world of media

Starting from the second half of the first year and later on during the curriculum you will be offered a variety of optional courses that directly or indirectly cover  various aspects of media and international relations.  This is a shortlist of such disciplines:

  • Foundations of alternative  media  (alternative vs mainstream media, critical thinking approarch, case studies of alternative media outlets);
  • Audience analysis;
  • Licensing and compliance with media regulators;  
  • Fact checking and verification in the multimedia;
  • Cultural and creative industries;
  • Psychology of creativity, etc.
For International students we also offer an optional English-language course on the History of the Russian Culture.

The key subjects of your second year of the program deal with the content management and media planning for various media projects. We will also offer you to learn the basics in the media projects organization, ABC of Newsroom management. 

Learning by doing

Between the first and the second terms you will be free to choose for your practice a media outlet and the field of international new production that suits you professional ambitions and interests.  It may be work in the newsroom as a writer, news organizer or producer. You will also have a chance to try your skills at the new media departments and visual content services of international media.

During your last year you will be able to choose the form of your final paper. It may be the research on one of the subjects that you studied in one of the classrooms or the case study of an international news media outlet. As an alternative, you will be able to develop your own media project and present it in the form of final paper.

We will be happy to see you during the interview in August in Moscow. All the best from INP team

Yours,

Oleg Dmitriev

Academic Supervisor of Master's Programme 'International News Production', Professor of the Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design