On May 16, our students and lecturers met with a vice general manager of the National State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Yevgeny Revenko. The well-known journalist told the audience about his job and answered questions. The meeting began with a welcoming speech by Yury Bubnov, VSU Vice Rector for Strategic Administrative Management. In his speech he pointed out that it has already become a good tradition for the university to invite famous people to give lectures on various topics.
Yevgeny Revenko started with a brief description of his career. He first worked as a reporter for “Yunost” Radio and NTV. Since 2000, he has been a newscaster for the evening programme “Vesti” on the RTR Channel. In 1999 he became a laureate of the TEFI award. In 2001–2005 and 2008–2012 he worked as a newscaster for the weekly programme “Vesti nedeli”. In 2005, Yevgeny Revenko became the Head of Press Service and Information Department of the Government of the Russian Federation. In 2007–2008 he worked as a director of the VGTRK branch in Kiev, Ukraine. He is currently a vice general manager of the National State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company – one of the largest broadcasters in the country and globally, which employs about 20000 specialists.
Yevgeny Revenko finished his speech by saying, "I’d like to point out, that apart form being a creative field, a kind of art even, the sphere of news and television is, first of all, a large industry with its own laws and technologies," after which he invited the audience to ask their questions.
There were a lot of students form the Faculty of Journalism and the Faculty of Philology, including those who study to be war journalists, which was quite a surprise for our famous guest. He said that after finishing school he entered Lvov Military Political High School – the only institution on the USSR that trained war journalists – but later he opted for Moscow State University. The audience had a lot of questions for the famous journalist.
– There seem to be less and less periodicals for young people, as they gradually cease to exist. What do you think about mass media projects by students as an alternative?
– As we all know, journalism is a highly competitive sphere, either for a journalist or for various newspapers, TV-channels, publishing houses, radios, etc. Nobody can avoid problems, even federal publishers. You need to understand that the market is gradually becoming smaller, it is inevitable. So it is better, wherever possible, to change to using online formats, as they do in Europe and the USA. It is also a good idea to look for sponsors both at the regional and federal levels.
– Could our students possibly have an internship at your company?
– I’m always willing to give young people a chance. In summer we have students from Moscow State University, Russian State University for the Humanities, and Higher School of Economics working in groups (from 5 to 10). But few of them choose journalism as their career. On the contrary, there are a lot of people who are not professional journalists, but they made great success, because they love journalism and are dedicated to the profession.
– What are the current tendencies in news journalism?
– I can tell you only about television, which is a major field for news and information journalism. Fist, the news tend to become harsher. Second, the news is becoming more visual due to the use of modern technologies such as drones. The news mobile today – we can see a picture of practically every part of the world. There are mobile reporters, and we get information from witnesses as well.
– What would you recommend to young journalists who want to work on TV? What should they be aware of?
– The beginning of the career is the most difficult stage. You should be ready to work 20 hour a day, even to work overnight. And the vital thing is, to be determined and strong - both physically and emotionally. Journalists like self-made people, so you need to be ambitious as well. As to the job itself, you should be able to report about political developments, scientific breakthroughs, social issues, or a recent exhibition in your home town - in other words, practically everything. Of course, you may specialise in a certain field, but TV journalism is, on the whole, quite universal.
– What do you think about the proficiency level of today’s journalism students?
– I’ve met quite a number of young people who want to work as journalists, and some of them are really good and well-educated. But what the journalist needs is a high level of general knowledge - history, literature, foreign languages, etc. And you see this the person the moment they start talking to you. The way you talk, express your thoughts and feelings, tells a lot about you. You can easily develop certain practical skills, but what is vital is the general knowledge and education.
After the meeting, Yevgeny Revenko visited the History Museum and the Book Museum where he got to see some of the most valuable library books.