University newspaper turns 20!
March 8 marks the birthday of the university newspaper Vestnik (Courier), whose first issue came out twenty years ago to the day. Established by the Academic council, a year after the university was founded, Vestnik has chronicled the growth of the first and only branch of Moscow State University into one of the leading institutions of higher education in Mid-Volga region.
While Vestnik serves as the primary source of information about the university life for current and prospective students, it also addresses the hottest of political, economic, scientific and cultural issues, which helped it obtain the status of a regional newspaper in 1990. Since that time Vestnik has remained the only university-established edition in Russia with a citywide distribution.
The newspaper’s achievements have been recognized both locally and nationally – acknowledgements include numerous awards from the Regional Publishing and Media Administration, a grant sponsored jointly by the Eurasia Foundation and National Mass Media Institute, which Vestnik won in Mid Volga region newspaper competition.
A 16-page weekly with a circulation of 6000, Vestnik continues to grow and evolve, drawing upon the talent of experienced staffers and young student journalists. The newspaper is currently available through subscription and on newsstands, as well as distributed to 25 higher educational institutions in Russia and CIS. The online edition (in Russian) is accessible at http://vestnik.ulsu.ru