Master Class “Domestic and Foreign Policy of Iran: Range of Issues in News Content”
On December 2, political scientist Armen Israyelyan gave a master class on “Domestic and Foreign Policy of Iran: Range of Issues in News Content” for RAU graduate and postgraduate Journalism students. The meeting was organized within the project “Geopolitics and Media Processes” initiated by RAU Department of Journalism.
The speaker touched upon challenges in the domestic and foreign policy of Iran, as well as the bilateral relations with South Caucasus countries and world powers. In particular, he addressed the features of Iranian political system and religion in the present and historical context, human rights conditions and women’s initiatives. Mr. Israyelyan also showcased the differences between Iran and other countries of Muslim world, arguing that Iran stands out as it had acquired a tremendous cultural asset long before the adoption of Islam.
When speaking about the issues for journalists covering Iran, Armen Israyelyan emphasized that given the various ethnicities living in Iran, it is essential not to confuse any terms when reporting about Iran and advised to consult specialists when in doubt.
Ms. Marina Alekyan, Head of RAU Department of Journalism, noted that the main aim of these meetings is to help students majoring in Journalism develop competence in order to not to repeat the mistakes and clichés that frequently occur in the Armenian and Russian media.
At the end of the master class, students received assignments to complete for the upcoming roundtable on coverage of Iran in world and regional media.