CALL for student and journalism projects for participation in Media Criticism Workshop

Оновлено: 06.02.2014

CALL for student and journalism projects for participation in Media criticism workshop in the First Annual International Student Media Symposium (SMS) 2014 “TRANSMEDIA: Transformation, Transition, Transgression” that will be held in Lviv, Ukraine on March 21-22, 2014.

Media criticism workshop

The idea of the contest:

  • Search for new points of view in critical analysis of contemporary cultural processes mediated by the media
  • Introduction of new forms of representation of critical thinking
  • Representation of media criticism projects which are spread in the post-Soviet countries
  • International experience exchange of analysis and innovative dissemination methods of media criticism practices in the digital media sphere
  • Expansion of criticism among media establishment

Terms and Conditions: participants might be young journalists, media critics, analytics, as well as full-time or part-time students (bachelors, masters, postgraduates, doctoral students (PhD)) from Ukraine and abroad.

Primary themes:

  • Aggression and violence in the media space: ways of regulation.
  • Experts in the information space: the practice of dialogue with journalists.
  • Manipulation technologies in the information space: theory and practice of disclosure.
  • Violations monitoring of legislative restriction for the use of advertising technologies.
  • Propaganda technology during elections: analysis of social networks.
  • Analysis of the means of support in the community with an adequate psychological defense (media literacy, media education).
  • Networking projects of cinema critics and music critics: an analysis of content and communication strategies.
  • Analysis of news consumption patterns.
  • Analysis of criticism resources of regional media
  • Media criticism prospects in social networks.
  • Critical analysis of journalists’ blogs
  • Media criticism on pages of international media: content analysis.

One should submit:

1)   The project;

2)   Extended CV (should include information about the education and professional experience of the prospective participant, as well as any awards, scholarships, fellowships, publications, presentations, etc.; contact information)

Format of contest projects:

Eligible for the contest are projects within declared thematic areas in following formats: reviews, essays, monitoring articles, media criticism analytics, infographics, screencasts, podcasts, animated works, documentaries. (Audiovisual projects are required to have a descriptive part). Projects must be published/released not earlier than 2013 or be ready for publication. Please mark new projects as ‘previously unpublished’. Project languages – Ukrainian, Russian or English. No length or size restrictions.

The deadline for application submission:

Projects (preferably with a link to the source of publication) along with the author’s CV need to be sent to by March 1st 2014. The results will be announced on March 7th 2014According to the content and projects, the format of each presentation at SMS’2014 will be agreed upon with every contestant individually.

Attention! Compiled works and works that contain plagiarism or content which is against ethical norms will not be considered by the jury.

The best projects (according to the jury) will receive promotional support on media platforms of UCU School of Journalism and SMS’2014 partners.


Diana Dutsyk, the editor-in-chief of the internet site “Media Sapiens” and the Vice Director of Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism.

Nataliya Habor, the editor-in-chief of the internet site “Mediakrytyka”, Associate Professor of New Media department, Journalism faculty, Lviv National University

Yuliya Golodnikova, Candidate of Sciences, Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Communications, School of Journalism, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.


A more detailed SMS’2014 program will be announced in March 2014.

Working languages: Ukrainian, Russian, and English

Participation in SMS’2014 is free of charge.

The organizers cover travel cost, accommodations and meals.

The Symposium will be held in Lviv, Ukraine on March 21-22, 2014.