Media, Business and Politics in Eastern Europe: Public Relations Development and its Power

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)
Please join the East Central European Center and the Columbia University Central and Eastern European Club for a roundtable discussion on the transformation of public relations in Eastern Europe. 
 
In the 1990s, Central and Eastern European countries witnessed a complete restructuring of business, media and politics.  A free press emerged and public relations became a multimillion-dollar business.  However, despite new methods of communication and legislative progress, journalists still experience threats to their independence from (self)censorship, local media oligarchs and powerful politicians.
 
Denisa Hejlova and Anastasiia Grynko are leading scholars focusing on Public Relations development and power in politics. They recently co-authored a book titled Eastern European Perspectives on the Development of Public Relations, the first reflection on the recent history of PR in the region. Milan Hejl is the cofounder and Director of AMI Communications, the biggest non-Russian PR agency in Central and Eastern Europe.
 
The discussion will be moderated by Filip Tucek, President of the Columbia University Central and Eastern European Club.