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[Commlist] World of Media. Journal of Russian Media and Journalism Studies > four 2018 issues open access
Fri Dec 21 15:49:47 GMT 2018
All four issues of the *‘World of Media. Journal of Russian Media and
Journalism Studies’* published in 2018 are now live at
The journal has been published by the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov
Moscow State University since 2009. Since 2018, the journal appears on a
quaterly basis (4 times a year).
‘World of Media’ is aimed at promoting the development of media and
journalism studies in both national and global contexts, and stimulating
a wider public interest in the journalism theories, methods, findings
and applications generated by research in communication and allied fields.
We invite authors from all countries and institutions submit their
papers for one of the *2019* issues. Submissions from young researchers
and PhD students are particularly welcome. Guidelines for authors are
available at http://worldofmedia.ru/authors/
Issue 4, 2018*
Ragnedda, M., Kreitem, H. (2018) The three levels of digital divide in
East EU countries. World of Media. Journal of Russian Media and
Journalism Studies, 4. 5-26.
This article brings to light significant insights into the three levels
of digital divide in the particular setting of East EU. It discusses and
analyses indicators related to the spread and use of the Internet (first
level of digital divide), the level of digital skills (second level of
digital divide), and digital services used by citizens in East EU
countries to improve their quality of life (third level of digital
divide). The article specifically focuses on the third level of digital
divide, by analysing, on a macro level, three tangible outcomes, namely
eGovernment service completion and use, eHealth in terms of seeking
health related information and interacting with practitioners online,
and eCommerce. Data from Eurostat, including digital scorecard and other
reports, showed clear discrepancies among countries of East Europe, as
well as distinct difference between some countries and overall European
Union averages, suggesting the existence of two groups of countries, one
as high performance in terms of services offered and high growth in
services offered, and low in terms of growth and use.
Raja, I. (2018) Old conflict, new perspective: Power shift in the news
from Gaza. World of Media. Journal of Russian Media and Journalism
Studies, 4. 28-50.
This study draws upon in-depth interviews conducted with the leading
scholars, journalists, anti-war campaigners and peace activists
commissioning the new media tools including Skype. Notably, it brings
about eye-witness accounts of the Gaza conflict as some of the
participants have survived the Israeli assault on aid-ship Freedom
Flotilla (Mavi Marmara). In this sense, it offers firsthand descriptions
and the experience of consuming and resisting new media technologies.
This analysis shows that most journalists are compelled to be cautious
in reporting Israeli actions inside the occupied territory (Gaza).
Further, media coverage of Gaza reflects a disproportionate reporting
because most sections of the mainstream media include soundbites and
opinions of writers that endorse the Israeli government propaganda. In
contrast, the evidence shows that media systematically excludes the
progressive voices including the Jewish scholars and campaigners. Thus,
too often, news emerging from Gaza mainly through the mainstream media
is either biased or manufactured. This state of affairs stimulates
ordinary people; be they peace activists, campaigners, or scholars to
make use of alternative means of communications and news dissemination
that is the new media. However, this study finds that new media has
transformed the Gaza conflict to an extent that Europe has more
Palestinian sympathizers than ever before. Despite, perceptible progress
and achievement, the new media is facing a threat that comes from the
powerful political elites and the large media corporation. Arguably, new
media sites such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube
are icons on a switchboard where the push buttons lie under the
fingertips of powerful elites, be they the governments or media
Svitich, S., Smirnova, O., Shkondin, M. (2018) Newspapers and magazines
of Russian million cities: Role in media system, main peculiarities,
factors of development. World of Media. Journal of Russian Media and
Journalism Studies, 4. 52-69.
The article presents the results of a sociological study that analyzes
the media system of some of the largest cities in Russia. The research
is emphasized on 13 cities with a population of over one million people.
It details the place of printed media among all others and highlights
relevant structural, thematic and functional characteristics of this
exact type of media. The study, which involves more than 400 newspapers
and magazines, provides a detailed analysis of all the main
demographical, economic, social and cultural forces that form the media
system of these cities. This makes it possible to identify the average
structural model of the modern press in million cities.
Key words: Media system of million cities, Russian mass media,
newspapers and magazines, urban press.
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