Brief information The international conference "Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of Modern International Journalism" has been held annually in various countries of the world since 2011.
The II International Conference «Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of Modern International Journalism» was held in Berlin in 2012 and was largely devoted to the influence of international journalism on relations between the countries of Russia and Europe and the consequences that certain processes lead to in the development of international journalism, shaping the international climate through the media, issues of new technological opportunities for international media, as well as discussing the conditions for the work of Russian-language media in Europe.
The III International Conference «Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of Modern International Journalism» was held in Vienna in 2014 and had the subtitle «Global Challenges in the Media Mirror». The conference was dedicated to the information security of the individual in the context of information wars, the new realities of digital communications, media coverage of financial and economic crises, global processes in geopolitics, economics, industry, one of the most important and urgent challenges of the 21st century, in particular humanitarian problems, economic crises, global threats.
The IV International Conference «Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of International Journalism» was held in the Republic of San Marino in 2015. The venue was not chosen by chance, as this conference was dedicated to the problems of European countries that are not members of the European Union. Its main themes were built around the dialogue between European and Russian media, as well as the development of their further cooperation. Becoming a logical continuation of the annual event, the conference brought together all those interested in finding answers and jointly discussing topical issues of modern journalism and the media space, interaction between the media and society beyond spatial boundaries and reflecting the image of countries in the context of local media and communities.
The V International Conference «Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of Modern International Journalism» was held in Bratislava in 2016. The objective of the conference was to discuss such topical issues as the reliability of information and the criteria for media responsibility. Most speakers noted tendentious Russophobic sentiments in the Western press and the demonization of the country’s leadership, elements of hushing up Russia’s successes and cases of distortion of information, as well as financial dependence of the media. Many speakers noted the enormous role of journalism in the development of civil society and the activities of the European media in creating an objective image of Russia. The forum participants noted the growing role of social networks, which for many citizens have become the main source of news, as well as the growing trend of distrust of traditional media among Europeans.
The VI International Conference «Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of Modern International Journalism» was held in Budapest in 2017. The main topics of discussion at the conference were the possibility of «resetting» relations and the role of the media, the revival of neo-Nazism and the analysis of media technologies used by stakeholders, and also the creation of a media counter-strategy and an “inside” view”.
The VII International Conference «Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of Modern International Journalism» was held in Moscow-Sofia in 2018. The theme of the conference was focused on the European media as a source of «sensational» news about Russia and contemporary international information — national or nationalist media.
The VIII International Conference «Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of Modern International Journalism» was held in Rome in 2019 and was mostly devoted to the concept of «Russia and the World» in the increasingly complex paradigm of European political discourse, as well as the influence of modern media on the dynamics of transformation of the political elites of Eastern, Central and Western Europe and the system-functional transformation of the news media.
The IX International Conference «Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of Modern International Journalism» was held in Madrid in 2020. The main focus of the conference was on the transformation of the principles of international cooperation under the influence of new media technologies, communications and media in relations between Russia and Europe: challenges and solutions. Issues of diplomacy as a buffer zone between media and politics were also raised.
The X International Conference «Russia-Europe: Actual Problems of International Journalism» was held for the first time in Russia, in Kaliningrad in 2021. The forum was held in Russia for the first time and the main topics of discussion were the position of international journalism in the global information system, as well as the form of the profession of a journalist, which, under the influence of the latest communication tools, is acquiring new features.
The XI International Conference «Russia-Europe: Actual Problems of International Journalism» was held for the first time in St. Petersburg in 2022. Last year, speakers focused on the geopolitical processes that accompany the global media field today and discussed the formation of new rhetoric in Russian and foreign media in the context of modern political processes, as well as the exposure of fake materials as opposed to the biased presentation of information by foreign media.
The conference is traditionally attended by heads of European media, politicians, diplomats, scientists, political scientists, management of international companies. The conference will include presentations by Russian and European media experts, representatives of international public organizations, diplomatic departments and institutions.
Conference participants in different years noted that pluralism of opinions has a positive effect only in conjunction with a willingness to listen and hear one’s conditional opponent. Therefore, the media can play a positive role in the Russian-European reset, but for this it is necessary to get rid of clichés, fill the media field with high-quality analytics, not be afraid to express an alternative opinion and look for compromises.
The International Conference «Russia and Europe: Actual Problems of Modern International Journalism» is the only international event of the diplomatic level that forms a dialogue between government officials, diplomats, politicians, heads of large public organizations and world media. The importance of the conference has been emphasized more than once by the Russian Foreign Ministry, represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in the key to implementing the initiative in building relations and achieving mutual understanding between Russia and European countries.