The competition of innovation journalism Tech in Media 2016 started


The competition of innovation journalism Tech in Media 2016 started


On the seventh of June, the sixth season of the All-Russian competition of innovative journalism Tech in Media 2016, organized by the RVC, was officially launched in Moscow

This year's competition is divided into three main thematic areas: "Life Sciences", "Advanced Manufacturing" and "Unmanned Vehicles." Additional areas are planned, among which the track "Makering" has already been confirmed. In addition, in 2016 the jury and the expert council of competition will be updated and the approach to the formation of a program of educational events for young journalists who want to specialize in the subject of science, technology and innovation will be changed.

The history of Tech in Media started in 2011. At that time, the RVC launched the competition "Innovation With the Eyes of Journalists" which was attended by 120 participants. Until 2013, there has been a competition under that brand, which covered more than 40 Russian regions and encouraged annually over 50 laureates in 17 nominations.

In 2014, the RVC relaunched the competition under the brand Tech in Media and turned it into a comprehensive project of development of the Russian innovation journalism. An educational program was added to competitive activities — meetings with outstanding representatives of the scientific and technological community, master classes by experienced journalists. The Board of Trustees was headed by the Nobel Laureate Sir Richard Roberts (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993 for his discovery of the broken structure of the gene). In 2014, 289 applications were submitted from all the the country for the updated Tech in Media. In 2015 even more, 324 applications. The pool of partners was formed around the competition, there appeared a pool of regular participants.

In 2016, Tech in Media will retain the familiar features. The contest is divided into thematic areas, educational activities are planned in the regions, special programs are scheduled for the laureates and the winners of the thematic stages. However, this year the organizers have set themselves new challenges that must be addressed in order to stimulate the development of science and technology journalism in the regions.

Thus, the expansion and strengthening of journalist communities will be a key challenge in 2016. That will be realized by building a network of experts on key technology areas, as well as by the development of professional competencies of participants. It is planned to divide the educational program into two streams — the unit for young journalists and a program of special events for professional writers, designed to acquaint them with topics of the contest. The purpose of this work is to form a pool of journalists professionally covering the issues of development of new technologies and new markets in Russia and worldwide.

The official start of the competition was given on June 7 at the Moscowoffice of Rambler. The event was attended by representatives of business and development institutions, members of the scientific and technological community and journalists, including laureates and winners of competitions held in previous years.

The two events turned out tob e the highlight. The first is the presentation of research "What innovative journalists wrote about in 2013 - 2015." It tells about how scientific and technological journalism in Russia has developed over recent years: what topics were interesting for the authors, what trends and milestones could be identified.


The second event is a vivid interview of the Marketing Chief of "Yandex" services Andrei Sebrant by a specialist in scientific communication Ilya Kabanov. Sebrant talked about the transformations of the mass media, the need to seek new forms and formats of communication with the audience and about the future automation of the media.

One of the themes of the fourth technological revolution concerns "the white collars". These are the experts, whose value lies in the ability to classify entities. With the development of technology,they may be simply not necessary. Nowadays, neural networks are already efficiently solving the problem of classification. Artificial intelligence technologies are coping with the problems of aggregation and personalization of news from the ever-increasing flow of information sources. And these technologies are developing rapidly. I think that we should pay special attention to the topic of artificial intelligence and to include the nomination related to this subject in one of the stages of Tech in Media 2016, said Andrey Sebrant.

Tech in Media is one of the first RVC projects aimed at the development of information infrastructure for new markets. We have seen the results for five years: increasing quantity and quality of journalistic materials on the subject of science, technology and innovation. This year we decided to focus Tech in Media on actual and perspective directions, including those born within makers communities at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds. In the future, we are planning to expand the line of nominations and to develop an umbrella brand of the project. We are open to new and exciting partnerships and believe that the increase in the number of nominations will contribute to the development of innovation journalism, said Ilya Kurmyshev, the Chief of Promotion of Innovation of the RVC.

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