Dmitry Leonidovich STROVSKY,
Doctor of political sciences,
Professor at the Journalism Department,
Ural State University, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Having graduated from the Ural State University in 1984 I commenced as a correspondent of the city newspaper at the town of Pervouralsk (Sverdlovsk region). The journalistic experience going on for almost six years, greatly helped to elaborate professional skills about structuring information which became a priority since the first year of work at the above University. It continued with working out various teaching courses for students. From the very beginning, the courses were strongly linked with history and theory of journalism.
Simultaneously, I continued with my studies. A post-graduate course taken at the journalism department of the Moscow State University was aimed on the study of the British Labor Party’s politics and its reflection in the British national press. The work ended with defending a kandidatskaya thesis and getting a corresponding degree in March 1993. Next year I was selected by the British Council and headed to the Center for Journalism Studies, College of Cardiff, University of Wales. The dissertation written there and titled “The political economy of the British national press” was regarded as one of the best that year.
A doktorskaya thesis being successfully defended on March 6, 2002, was mainly focused on evaluation of the main Russian political traditions and their reflection in the Soviet media since 1917. It became a first research, which was examining the development of journalism within political aspects of evolution of Russian society.
At the moment I teach four courses for the students of the Journalism department of the Ural State University.
History of Russian journalism since 1917;
Journalism within the system of political culture (following the comparative analysis of the Russian media experience);
Image of a politician in the media (following American and Russian political figures in XX century);
Public relations: priorities of media policy in the activity of an industrial company.
The journalism department is regarding the first two of the four mentioned as pivotal. They are closely linked with the study of political science and history of journalism and considered as priority for teaching.
Participation in conferences and seminars:
Since my work at the Ural State Univ. many international conferences and seminars on problems of journalism and media studies, politics and history were attended with presentation of papers. Those were in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rome (Italy), Frankfurt and Bremen (Germany), Durham (Britain), Helsinki (Finland) and other places.
At the same time, the period of work at the University, from 1991 until presently, was marked with getting many fellowships which helped to improve my professional background.
In February and March 1996 according to the Tempus-TACIS program, the University of Southampton (UK) was visited where a number of seminars for lecturers and students was delivered about the present development of Russian journalism.
Along with it, topics on history and up-to-date state of the Russian media and politics were presented to students and scholars at Staffordshire University, the University of Wales, the University of Portsmouth (all are in the UK) and in some British Rotary clubs.
During 6 weeks, in September and October of 1996, with a group of Russian academics selected by USIA, I stayed at the New York New School for Social Research where attended seminars on the American political culture and philosophy. At the time the School organized a special workshop “Media, politics and policy” and gave me a floor with a lecture “Russian media at the crossroads: the problems of objectivity and subjectivity in journalism” which later was distributed through Internet. While in the USA, also a lecture “Media market and its development under modern economic conditions” was given at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (North Carolina University, Chapel Hill, USA) on a personal request of its Dean Richard Cole.
In July 1997 I participated in the 3-weeks Summer School Seminar «Media and democracy» held by the Soros Foundation in Budapest, the Eastern European University.
From April to the end of June, 1998 I stayed at the Hartley Institute of the University of Southampton (as a first scholar in Europe awarded with a Hartley fellowship) to search the material regarding the Parliamentary politics towards the media.
And finally, the period of August-November of 2003 was crowned with a sabbatical period at the Universities of Tampere and Helsinki. The scholarship sponsored by the Finnish Academy of Sciences was specially designated for the study of the Russian emigrant press in Finland in the XX century and completed with figuring out of more then 20 titles of the press coming out for the above period. Along with it, two lecture courses on evolution of the Russian media in the last century were given for students of the both Universities.
As a whole, nearly 90 different works have been released by now in Russia, the UK and Italy. The main questions to be covered are the questions of history and modern political priorities of the Russian and foreign (mostly British and American) media. Below are the titles of the books and brochures released.
1. History of Native Journalism: Contemporary Period: Studying Programs — Ekaterinburg, 1994. 16 p.
2. History of Native Journalism in Contemporary Period. — Ekaterinburg: Ural State University, 1998. 270 p.
3. Native Political Traditions in Journalism of the Soviet Period. — Ekaterinburg: Ural State University, 2001. 246 p.
4. Advertising and Public Relations: Glossary of English Terms. — Ekaterinburg: Ural State Technical University, 1998 (1 ed.), 1999 (2-ed.).
For both editions of the last book the author was rewarded with diplomas of the Russian Association on Public Relations (RASO) in a yearly festive ceremonies in Moscow (January 1999; January 2000).
5. Corporate Culture and Corporate Values of a Modern Company (ed.) — Ekaterinburg, 2003. 258 p.
1. Truth or Half-Truth: British TV about Chechnia // Viewpoint. The Magazine of the University of Southampton. Southampton, 1996. N17;
2. Can «Bad Boys Become Good? A Reply to Peter Preston in «The Observer» // Viewpoint: an Independent for Comment. 1998. N 385. The University of Southampton. Southampton. Britain.
3. Journalism Within the System of Social and Political Relations: Shaping of the State
Policy Towards the Press in the first years of the Soviet Power. Voronezh, 2000.
4. Mass Media in Russia: the Contradictory Path to Democracy // Viewpoint: an Independent for Comment. 2000. N 407. The University of Southampton. Southampton. UK.
5. Is It Worth Avoiding of Contradictions? Once more about the Fyodor Raskol’nikov’s fate // Moscow: “Journalist”, 2000. № 12.
6. The Use of Stereotypes in the contents of the Soviet Press as a Factor of its
Manipulative Influence // Aksenti: Voronezh University, 2001. № 5-6.
7. Shall We Say a Word for the Soviet Press: Polemic notes of a University lecturer
about which journalism was more democratic - that one or modern // Moscow: “Journalist”,
2002. № 11.
Member of the Russia’s Union of Journalists;
Member of the International Association on Human Rights “Ius Primi Viri (Rome, Italy);
3. Member of the Russian Association on Public Relations (RASO);
Member of the Editorial Board of the magazine ‘Discourse-P” (Ekaterinburg) on problems of history, political science, journalism and public relations (Ural Institute of Philosophy and Law).
My brief biography is included in the yearly “Dictionary of International Biography — 27th edition”. Cambridge: Melrose Press Ltd, 1999 (UK).
Leisure time is being used for translation of fiction and academic researches from English into Russian for foremost publications.