The Leading Contradiction of Journalism under the Conditions of Contemporary Russia as a Research Problem: to the Development of a Research Project

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Galina V. Lazutina

PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher at the Chair of Periodical Press, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia


Section: Theory of Journalism and Media

The article outlines that the existing problems in the functioning of contemporary Russian mass media have a negative effect on the information field of the country. The deteriorating quality of mass information flows leads to the formation of anxious negative discourse, which produces tension and aggression. The author of the article speaks about the fact that this situation reveals a contradiction, which exists be­tween the journalism’s mission and the way mass media work in reality. According to the author, this is crucial for the profession of a journalist and puts in jeopardy its existence. The need to find the reasons and ways of overcoming this contradiction is a high priority for contemporary scholars.

Keywords: journalism, mass media, information field, media image of the reality, actors of the information field