27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Lev Rossoshik: International schools for journalists should be mandatory

A briefing for the organisers of the Summer Universiade 2013 on the topic of 'International School U-Media – a breakthrough in the media environment' took place on July 12 at the Main Media Centre, located at the Kazan Arena Stadium. Lev Rossoshik, one of the more well-known participants at the briefing and the vice-president of the Federation of Sports Journalists in Russia, answered some questions about the project.

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Lev Volkovich, how did you get into the U-Media project?

I think that between all the official journalists present at the Games, no one has quite the same amount of experience that I do. I’ve been working in sports journalism for the last 50 years. In 1973, I was working at the Universiade in Moscow, I’ve reported from 11 Olympic Games, 3 'Tour de Frances', in other words, I have things I can share with the younger journalists. Furthermore, I was invited by members of the Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate, with whom I’ve had warm friendly relations for years. At first, I was invited to work at the spring school, then, at the international one. I’ve had similar experience before that since I worked at a school in Israel, which is organised by the International Society of Sporting Press AIPS and UEFA.

What are the advantages of the U-Media International School over the spring school, apart from being able to practice English?

I think that, overall, this school offers quite a number of theoretical classes, along with the practical ones. The lectures are given by known specialists. The first part of the day is dedicated to the specialists’ lectures, which are given in English. The second part of the day is for practical exercises, after which the students work on their materials. In the morning, we read the materials, hold lectures again, and then individually discuss all materials with the students. Sometimes, the students even change the materials while with us and after that we recommend them for publishing to the site or for translation into English.

Do you think that many of those currently at the U-Media International School will become professional sports journalists?

I do not know if they will become sports journalists, but I can tell you that they are clearly showing progress in their work.

Which sports and which genres are easier for the students to write about?

There is a special programme at the U-Media International School, the students are able to try their hand at different genres until they are able to conduct an interview really well. Sporting information is the hardest area. As for the types of sports, the students change them every day. They do not write just about football or just about athletics.

Do the international and the Russian students mix well and learn from each other?

Of course, they always communicate and it is for their mutual benefit. The students share knowledge with each other, share their experiences and practice English. I think that international schools for journalists should be mandatory. To qualify for the international school you would need to have various lower level schools on a republic-level, and you can even set up a federal project for something like this. Why not? 

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate