Media and Journalists’ Contribution to Formation of Civil Society

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Alla A. Shiryaeva

PhD in Philology, Associate Professor at the Chair of Sociology of Mass Communications, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia


Section: Sociology of Journalism

The problem of mass media involvement in forming the civilian society in Russia, in promoting socialization, and in supporting the public sector is studied. Data from population and journalist community surveys as well as a range of current media practices are analyzed. The conclusions are that journalists are disinclined to assist in the establishment of civilian society, the corresponding issues are poorly reflected in media coverage, and the level of civilian involvement in traditional media tends to be low.

Keywords: professional orientations of journalists, civilian society, socialization, civilian interests, civilian involvement