Russia


The University of Washington Tacoma is seeking two to four UWT students to travel to Moscow and jointly produce an issue of The Journalist with students at Moscow State University. The trip is part of a competitive independent study that will take place during Spring Break 2012. The students will team up with students from MSU to write, design and produce a newspaper or magazine. This is a valuable opportunity for students interested in journalism and communications and for the campus as a whole, and is part of a program originated in March 2003 between UWT and MSU. Just from one brief week of working as a team, students from both countries learn about differences in journalistic practices, how one might determine what is newsworthy, and how one might decide the best way to approach a news story. In addition, important cultural differences are illuminated, discussed, and processed independently and together by the Russian and U.S. students. While students can discuss other cultures in their university classes, this type of one-on-one experience cannot be reproduced in textbooks or traditional classrooms.

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IAS student Marisa Petrich spent two weeks in Moscow with a group of student journalists.

Moscow—Our last weekend in Moscow was just as full and fun as the first. In fact, I’ve had such a great time here that leaving will be bittersweet. Friday we visited some Russian media outlets—a local radio station and Russia Today, a local TV network—but that was just a warm-up.

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IAS student Marisa Petrich spent two weeks in Moscow with a group of student journalists.

Moscow, Russia—Our days in Moscow have been absolutely jam-packed, as our perfect hosts attempt to show us every inch of the city as we simultaneously work to finish our magazine.

This morning we saw Vladimir Lenin.

No, really.

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IAS student Marisa Petrich spent two weeks in Moscow with a group of student journalists.

Volokolamsk, Russia—On our first weekend in Russia, we did as the Russians do and got out of the city. Today we visited a working Orthodox monastery and had lunch at our new friend Oksana’s country house.

We met up with Oksana and her mother and a few of the other Russian students early in the morning and headed off to Joseph-Volokolamsk Monastery. Oksana’s mom began feeding us immediately—“piroshki” (delicious pastries filled with meat and vegetables), juice, and a sweet called “pastila” were waiting for us in the cars.

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IAS student Marisa Petrich spent two weeks in Moscow with a group of student journalists.

Moscow—I started out my first morning in Moscow navigating the subway system at rush hour. Sometimes it’s disappointing to spend so much time traveling underneath a city, but the Metro stations are a sight worth seeing all on their own.

Like the rest of the city, they’re showing their age—but in spite of being worn around the edges, the stations are incredible. Each station is decorated with Soviet-era statues or mosaics, decorative moldings, even the occasional bust of Pushkin (if you leave Moscow without being able to recognize Pushkin, you’ve done something wrong).

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