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Director of the UNN Institute of Philology and Journalism (IPJ) Larisa Zhukovskaya and IPJ Deputy Director Ludmila Makarova made a presentation "Digital Storytelling as a Technology of Modern Content Education" at the international online roundtable “Journalism education in the era of social networks and artificial intelligence: digital technologies and ethical values.” The roundtable was held at the South Ural State University (Chelyabinsk) under the auspices of UNESCO, the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC) and the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), of which Lobachevsky University is an institutional member.

During the roundtable, professors of journalism from European and Russian universities outlined their vision of the future of modern journalism education. The discussion focused on teaching students the modern techniques of media text production, as well as integrating the study of digital technologies, data journalism, immersive journalism, basics of information verification and digital storytelling into the curricula.

Professor Nico Drok, Vice-Chair of the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC); Elena Vartanova, Dean of the Faculty of Journalism at Lomonosov Moscow State University; and Nadia Vissers, Director of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA), presented their views on current issues of journalism education. Roundable participants stressed the need for future journalists to develop a sense of social responsibility before their audiences, as this is becoming increasingly important in the age of information technology development. Guy Berger, Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO, emphasized this aspect in his welcoming remarks.

The presentation "Digital Storytelling as a Technology of Teaching Specifics of Modern Content" by the lecturers of the UNN Institute of Philology and Journalism analysed the experience of Lobachevsky University in implementing the university’s own educational standard for the Journalism major. It also examined technologies for developing practical skills and professional competencies related to digital communications, as well as IPJ students' participation in creative projects. In the course of the discussion, colleagues from Russian and European universities, in particular Eric Nahon, president of EJTA (Paris-Dauphine University, France), talked about their approaches to teaching journalism students and expressed their interest in the didactic and practical experience of Lobachevsky University’s lecturers.