Special Guest of the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Miroslava Chakarova Visited MSU
Miroslava Chakarova, the journalist of the U.S. Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Prize winner of the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding work in the field of international investigative journalism, visited Mariupol State University on the 13th- 14th of December. The visit was initiated by Ukrainian universities with assistance of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine and the Academy of Ukrainian Press.
The delegation included Valery Ivanov, President of the Academy of Ukrainian Press, Luke Shtele, Deputy Press Attaché of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine, Oleg Pastukhov, member of the U.S. Embassy Press Department.
On the day of arrival the guests were warmly welcomed at the University. Later on they met with rector of Mariupol State University, Consul Honorary of the Republic of Cyprus to Mariupol, professor Kostyantyn Balabanov. A tour of the university was organized for them as well.
The main program of the visit was scheduled for December 14.
At the Faculty of Philology Miroslava Chakarova and the U.S. Embassy officers learned about an experimental platform for the students majoring in "Journalism" – a TV studio "MSU MEDIA", created last year at the cost of the grant provided by Media Development Fund of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. There the future journalists are working on their stories and programs that already are broadcasted on regional and national TV channels. Besides, workshops by famous TV journalism experts are held at the premises of "MSU MEDIA". During the meeting the head of the Department professor Svitlana Bezchotnikova told about the achievements and plans of the Department of Social Communications and of the MSU students majoring in "Journalism" and "Advertising and Public Relations".
Miroslava Chakarova’s visit to Mariupol State University culminated in her public lecture for students and teachers. The guest shared her experience in covering acute socio-political issues in the media, as well as her practical skills in the genre of investigative journalism.
The lecture was preceded by a press conference held by guests and University administration. In its course the participants noted high level of University’s international cooperation and circumstances necessary for high-quality training of future journalists. Further plans on cooperation of MSU with American partners were announced as well.
It is the first time Miroslava Chakarova conducts public lectures in Ukrainian universities. During their stay in Ukraine (from December 10 to December15), she will visit only three universities, which are considered to be the most developed in training journalists: Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", and Mariupol State University. This is the result of University’s effective cooperation with foreign partners, which envisages the increase of MSU graduates’ competitiveness through participation in such international projects.
Miroslava (Mimi) Chakarova is a known American journalist who specializes in investigative journalism. In 2011 her documentary was won the Daniel Pearl Award. Daniel Pearl Award is awarded by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Center for Public Integration for outstanding international investigative journalism. The Award was established in honor of the American journalist, head of South Asian Bureau of newspaper «The Wall Street Journal» Daniel Pearl. While working on material about Pakistani radicals in January 2002 he was kidnapped by the Islamists and soon killed. The videotape proved that during the execution the journalist showed courage and perseverance which made him to become a role model of his profession.