Decoding the Soviet Press by Tom Kent

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This article is based on a lecture delivered at the Harriman Institute on March 23, 2015. It ireflects the speaker’s experiences as an Associated Press reporter and bureau chief in Moscow under Leonid Brezhnev in 1976-81, research for his International Reporting course at Harriman and his recent article, “The Soviet press through the eyes of an American correspondent,” published in a journal of the Faculty of Journalism of Moscow State University. 
 
"Every press has its goals. In the United States, reporters focus on the role of the press as a counterbalance to government power. In some cultures, the press can be tasked with advancing national or religious causes. In the Soviet Union, the press was about serving the interests of the Communist Party."