American Journalists Meet with Armenian Journalists

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On September 28–at the House of Journalists–the correspondent of the American Congressional Quarterly Alan Greenblat and the Arizona correspondent of the Washington Tomson newspaper Morin Gropy held a meeting with Armenian journalists to discuss the peculiarities of the Armenian press–problems of mass media and freedom of mass media representatives.

The American journalists pointed out that the American press is currently losing all the leading roles it has ever played in the country’s public life. The press has so far been waging unequal struggle against the electronic mass media and is currently surrendering its positions to the Internet. Advertising is the main source of financing of newspapers. Organizations and individuals displeased with articles published in newspapers can bring civil actions in courts–but can hardly ever file a claim for criminal proceedings to be initiated.

The American journalists reported that in the US a beginner’s salary is about $14,000 a year–while experienced journalists earn $40-50 thousand–TV journalists and stars much more. They pointed out that the American mass media has traditionally paid too much attention to crime and scandalous legal proceedings.

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