A visit to Russia — 20 years later
Mikhail Gusman, the deputy chief of Russia's ITAR-TASS news
agency, has some clear views on today's journalism. Blogging
and journalism are not the same thing, though journalists may
themselves be bloggers. Americans have a pretty unsophisticated
view of Russians.
Gusman and a score of Russian journalists, educators and public
officials shared their views in a frank and wide ranging discussion
in St. Petersburg last week. "Frank" used to be diplomatic
code for officials who simply could not see eye to eye and might
not even like each other. Think of Putin and Obama currently.
Gusman is a likeable guy and a gracious host. The three-day
dialog was the fourth under the auspices of the US-Russian Presidential
Bilateral Commission's sub-group on mass media, but the first
at which I was a delegate. We didn't agree on all approaches
to the media. In one animated session, the Russians did not agree
among themselves on a number of points.
But the dialog — one of a number taking place across a
spectrum of disciplines — has value. Twenty years after the Cold
War was declared over, there is a chill in US-Russian relations.
Edward Snowden was granted a year's visa while we were in St.
Petersburg. As a result, Presidents Putin and Obama may scrub
a planned bilateral meeting of their own next month and Snowden's
shadow will fall on the G-20 economic summit the Russians are
hosting in St. Petersburg.
The G-20 will be held in a czarist palace near the famed glittering
and gilded Peterhof. I had never gotten to Peterhof, the czar's
summer palace, during my days as a correspondent in the Soviet
Union. Now I have Gusman and ITAR-TASS to thank for the visit
and the reminder of how over-the-top conspicuous consumption
can help bring down an empire.
In the late 1970s when I was ABC's man in Moscow, I would on
occasion prod the Soviet foreign ministry spokesman with questions
on a story I was pursuing. "Read TASS," was the dismissive
reply. "When we have something to say, it will be on TASS." There
was not much interest in dialogue. That has changed.
For the opening session in St. Petersburg, I was asked to reflect
on how journalism shapes perceptions. Read my remarks
While it's not easy to say what the bilateral commission will
achieve, no one is dismissing the possibilities. The conversations
around the conference table, as well as during the visits to
Peterhof, the Mariinsky ballet and, oh, yes, the Vodka Museum
are more than I ever got out of TASS in the old days.
Journalism faculty and graduate students present at conference
Twenty-three School of Journalism and Mass Communications faculty
and graduate students will be presenting, leading panels or receiving
awards at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass
Communication (AEJMC) conference in Washington, DC, Aug. 8-11.
See a list of all award recipients and presenters
Alumni named to My Carolina Board of Governors
Julie Horton, '85 broadcast, and Robin Roberts, '76 advertising,
are two of three new members of the My Carolina Alumni Association
Board of Governors.
Horton is the manager of governmental relations
for the city of Greenville, SC.
Roberts is president and co-founder
of National Media Group and a 2004 recipient of the School of
Journalism and Mass Communications Distinguished Alumnus award.
Chakales exemplifies "No Limits" spirit, says President
In the current issue of the Carolinian magazine,
President Harris Pastides selects Sarah Chakales, '07 broadcast,
as an alumna who exemplifies the spirit of No Limits. Chakales,
an international journalist in CNN's Asia-Pacific hub in Hong
Kong, points to the opportunities available to her while studying
at USC as opening the right doors to her career.
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Martin earns award for contributions to childhood literacy
By Annie Lambert
passion for music and children's education earned Dr. Michelle
Martin a lifetime achievement award from the Clemmie Gill School
of Science and Conservation (SCICON) in Tulare County, Calif. Martin
is one of 12 recipients of the prestigious recognition since the
school was founded in 1957. She was recognized in large part for
writing "Big Blue Marble," a song that is still sung
by students in the school and considered the "theme song" of
During her time at the school, Martin used music and games to
teach sixth grade students geology, astronomy, the life cycle and
aquatic ecology. While at SCICON, Martin honed her musical skills
and discovered a way to reach children not touched by other teaching
Now the Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy in the School
of Library and Information Science, Martin has developed programs,
such as Camp Read-a-Rama, that use singing, arts and crafts, reading
and games to help children in the community combat summer learning
"Music helps to make ideas more memorable, and encourages
us to move while we're learning," Martin said. "That's
an important component of hands-on education: learning in multi-sensory
and even in multi-disciplinary ways. I've found that music helps
to bring all of the disciplines together in fun ways."
As she continues in her role in the College of Mass Communications
and Information Studies, Martin hopes to get USC students more
involved in community outreach and volunteer work.
"I would like to see a substantial percentage of USC students
helping to solve our crisis of illiteracy. In a state with such
high illiteracy rates, it should be everybody's business to help
solve the problem."
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