Russia Direct editor-in-chief Ekaterina Zabrovskaya will take part in a roundtable discussion, “Journalism or propaganda? Understanding the Russian media surge abroad,” to discuss the distinctive characteristics of Russian media and journalism.

Moscow at night: Ostankino television and radio tower. Photo: Legion-media

On Sept. 30, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EST the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University will conduct a roundtable discussion, “Journalism or propaganda? Understanding the Russian media surge abroad.

Many have used the term “propaganda” to describe the current Russian media landscape, especially in the context of the Ukraine crisis. This has raised a number of questions about differences in the journalistic traditions in Russia and the West. Those differences derive from different historic, cultural, and political environments but they are present and affect the communication between Russian and Western journalists.

Taking this into account, the discussion will consider different opinions about Russian media and critically review common assumptions regarding media, focusing on the nature of journalism in a Russian context.

Moderated by Ilaria Parogni, a research associate at the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, the discussion will feature:

- Ekaterina Zabrovskaya, Editor-in-Chief of Russia Direct:
- Anna Arutunyan, a journalist formerly at The Moscow News and author of “The Putin Mystique”;
- Kevin Rothrock, RuNet Echo Project Editor at Global Voices Online and Producer at Meduza English;
- Konstantin von Eggert, Russian analyst and consultant and former Editor-in-Chief of the BBC Russian Service Moscow bureau.

You can watch the live-stream of the event here: