29 Sep 2004 11:47

Interfax Institutes Boris Grishchenko Scholarship for Journalism Students

Interfax Information Services Group has instituted a scholarship for journalism students named after the late Boris Grishchenko, one of Interfax‘s finest journalists.

The Boris Grishchenko scholarship will be awarded to students in the Journalism Department of Moscow State University who have made good progress in their studies and written high-standard news items that have been published on news agency wires.

Boris Grishchenko, who was born on June 1, 1937, died on April 21, 2004. He worked in news journalism for nearly 40 years.
He joined the Leningrad branch of the Soviet news agency TASS in 1966 and became a TASS observer in Moscow in 1970.
Grishchenko was a well-known journalist when he joined Interfax in 1991, shortly after the agency came into being.
In 1999, the Russian state awarded him the Order of Honor in appreciation of his work.
For many years, Grishchenko worked as a Kremlin pool correspondent. He had a good knowledge of Kremlin life from the times of Brezhnev to our day. Weeks before he passed away, he brought out a book entitled "A Stranger in the Kremlin," which he dedicated to Interfax. The book was published by the Moscow publishing house Vagrius.

"This scholarship commemorates our wonderful colleague Boris Grishchenko, an outstanding reporter, and is aimed to support young journalists at Moscow State University who have opted for the hard path of work in news agencies," said Dmitry Voskoboynikov, executive director of Interfax Group.
"This is a unique event, because it is the first scholarship to have ever been instituted by a Russian media group for students who have not only done well in their studies, but have also demonstrated remarkable professional gifts," he said.
"We will select the first Boris Grishchenko scholar early in February after the winter exams," Voskoboynikov said. He pointed out that the main criteria will not only be the candidate‘s good performance during the term, but also at least 20 high-standard news stories written by the candidate and published on agency wires.
"By standards we primarily mean how promptly and accurately a story is and in what style it is written," Voskoboynikov said.
Yasen Zasursky, head of the university‘s Journalism Department, hailed the Interfax initiative. "Apart from everything else, it is a good stimulus for successful studies," he said.
Zasursky said a personal scholarship is something that can benefit both students and news agencies.
The scholarship will be awarded to one student trainee per term who has been selected by a commission that will comprise three members of the university staff and three Interfax representatives.
The scholarship of 3,000 rubles per month will not preclude its recipient from being paid a regular performance-related state grant.

*** Interfax Information Services Group issues information products and communication means that may be used in political and business decision-making.
Since the early 1990s, Interfax has been the main source of quick information for the international community on Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Interfax is the most frequently cited source of news from this part of the world in the foreign press and is one of the world‘s most frequently used sources of quick information.
In recent years, Interfax has also become the leading provider of political and financial news from European emerging markets and from China.
Interfax Group brings together about 30 companies. It has a network of national, regional, and industrial news agencies operating throughout Russia, other CIS countries, China, and certain Central and Eastern European states.

For more information about Interfax Group see www.interfax.ru.