International Neva Award in Journalism and Mass Communication Research

March 05, 2015

UntitledCall for applications from emerging scholars for the International Neva Award in Journalism and Mass Communication Research, to be awarded at the opening ceremony of the annual forum “Media in modern world. 54th Petersburg readings” in St. Petersburg, Russia (23th April 2015). The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2015.

The award is given for the following nominations:

“Theory” – for scientific and theoretical publications

“Education” – for scientific and methodological and popular science publications

“Recognition” – for achievements in journalistic science and education

The Award 2015 in the nomination “Theory” went to Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch, Professor of Communication at the LMU Munich, Germany.

The Neva Award was established in 2011 by School of journalism and mass communications, St. Petersburg State University in order to stimulate scientific research in journalism and mass communications; raise the level of scientific and methodological and popular science publications on mass media issues; as well as to reward specialists for outstanding achievements in journalistic science and education.


for the nominations “Theory” and “Education” is given to the authors, or writing staff of not more than 4 people, for published works that are a major contribution to research, scientific, and methodological and popularizing work. Monographic publications (including course books, work books and scientific and methodological manuals) as well as a series of articles published in Russian and English (or any other language, in concurrence with the competition committee) are admitted for examination.

for the nomination “Recognition” is given after taking into consideration the whole amount of the participant’s works. The place of work and residence of the author, their official status, and the scope and form of publication are not included as conditions of the competition.


The closing date for submissions is March 31, 2015. Send submissions in electronic form or via post to the School of journalism and mass communications. The subject of your message should be Neva Award 2015. Postal address: 199004, Russia, St. Petersburg, 1 Linia VO 26, Room 614. E-mail:

If an award is made, the author(s) will be notified 2 weeks before the conference when the result will be publicly announced.

Application rules

The works and authors contending for the award can be nominated by: educational institutions, academic institutions, chairs, and departments. The works can be nominated by one person or a group of people; self-nomination is also allowed.

The application to participate in the competition must include the following documents:

Published works, competing for the award (preferably 2 copies - for online publication: 2 printed lists and the active network address) – nominations “Theory” and “Education”; the list of the main publications in the appropriate field – nomination “Recognition”;

The author’s annotation of the competition publications (1 to 1,5 pages) – nominations “Theory” and “Education”;

The author’s certificate, notarized at the place of employment. It must contain: the full name (surname, first name, patronymic name) of the author, place of employment, science degree and academic title, position, passport data (series, number, when and by whom it was issued, birth date, home address with postcode), personal tax reference number, number of insurance certificate, contact telephone numbers, and e-mail address;

A covering note from the nominator with the reasons for the decision to participate (extract from the protocol of the chair meeting, review etc.) – not more than 2 pages.

The competition does not consider:

Theses and abstracts;

Works that have already been considered for the Neva award;

Works published later than one year before the competition announcement.

Expert review of the competition works

Expert review of the competition works consists of two stages:

Primary selection of the applicants on the basis of complying with the competition conditions (during the period of submitting applications);

Review of the works that passed the primary selection (during the month before the date of presenting the awards);

Receiving, selection and reviewing the competition works is carried out by the Academic Board of the SPbSU faculty of journalism; the board can invite additional experts if necessary.

Decision to give a award is made by the Academic Board of School of journalism and mass communications, St. Petersburg State University according to the rating list of works.

More information on the Award can be found in Russian:

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