A brief history of newsmaking 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
Issue number8
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jul 2020


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

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    Yablokov, I., & Schimpfössl, E. (Accepted/In press). A brief history of newsmaking in Russia. Journalism, 21(8).