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Two UW Professors Lecture in Eastern Europe

June 8, 2009
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UW Professor George Gladney discusses citizen journalism with students at the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, Romania. (Conrad Smith Photo)

Two University of Wyoming journalism professors who are former Fulbright Scholars recently lectured in eastern Europe.

George Gladney lectured on the freedom of speech and press issues at the Free International University of Moldova and the Center for Independent Journalism, both in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital that experienced youth riots in early April in the so-called "Twitter Revolution."

Additionally, Gladney discussed citizen journalism at the Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest, Romania.

Meanwhile, Conrad Smith visited Ukraine.

At Kiev International University, Smith shared the podium with Ukrainian political dissident Lev Lukianenko, who was sentenced to death in 1961 under then-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev for promoting Ukraine's secession from the Soviet Union. Smith described the different business models that have resulted in better financial health among European newspapers than their American counterparts are experiencing.

In Ternopil, a Ukrainian city with 15 newspapers, Smith conducted a two-hour newspaper business workshop for 14 reporters and editors. Former UW student Olesya Kravchuk, now a journalist in the country, served as a translator.

Gladney served as a Fulbright scholar in 2005-06 in Poland; Smith was a Fulbright scholar in 2007-08 in the Slovak Republic.


Posted on Monday, June 08, 2009

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