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08.12.2010

New type' of journalist needed for hi-tech era says RIA Novosti editor

A new type of journalist needs to be trained to cope with the rapid development of information technologies,  RIA Novosti editor-in-chief Svetlana Mironyuk told a media forum in Kiev on Wednesday.

The Forum of European and Asian Media (FEAM), organized by RIA Novosti, is being held December 8-10. The annual event gathers about 300 leading journalists and media executives from the CIS, the Baltic states and Georgia.

The participants are discussing the problems of informational cooperation in the European and Asian region, the development of multimedia technologies and transition to digital media, mass media convergence and social networks.

"The journalist profession is being modernized, the lines between various types of information and technological platforms are disappearing. The strategic goal of mass media has become the training of journalists of a new type, the so-called journalists of the computer generation and retraining traditional journalists," Mironyuk said.

"The forum gives the opportunity to speak openly and frankly about the problems in the media sphere - from technological to political," RIA Novosti's editor-in-chief said.

Mironyuk regretted that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych failed to attend the forum. She said the participation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in last year's event helped solve the air traffic corridor problems between Russia and Georgia.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's ex-president Leonid Kuchma expressed hope that the forum will help improve relations between Russia and Ukraine. "I am sure that this [forum] will bring a positive result," he said.

Kuchma asked the media representatives to cover the events "impartially" and expressed hope that the participants of the forum from Russia and Ukraine will come to a common viewpoint.