A brief history of news making in Russia

Ilya Yablokov*, Elisabeth Schimpfössl

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this introductory article to our special issue on newsmaking in Russia, we provide a context for how the study of journalism evolved in Russia in contrast to Europe and the US. This brief historical overview helps make sense of the specific trajectory of journalism studies: from normative Cold War perspectives to a highly diverse and vibrant field that considers journalistic agency, the interplay of commercialisation and media control and the complexities of a rapidly changing media environment. The contributions to this special issue present nuanced approaches to self-censorship, the impact of digital technologies and political intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2895-2905
Number of pages11
Issue number12
Early online date12 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

© Sage 2020. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884920941951


  • Journalism
  • Russia
  • Yandex
  • news aggregators
  • newsmaking
  • self-censorship


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