Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine opened the third session of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC) Sub-Working Group on Mass Media today in Washington, D.C. Bureau of International Information Programs Coordinator Dawn L. McCall will co-chair the October 11-12 meeting between U.S. and Russian media professionals, along with Mr. Mikhail Gusman, First Deputy Director General of ITAR-TASS.
Delegates will continue to explore the sub-working group’s three main themes: the Business of Media; the Evolving Practice and Profession of Journalism; and New Media Technologies. These themes will be encompassed in discussions on ethics, entrepreneurship and education, respectively, as well as the expanding role of social media.
The U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission is the premier forum between the two countries to strengthen relations on government and society. President Obama and President Medvedev established the BPC in July 2009 to reset U.S.-Russia relations and pursue foreign policy goals of common interest to the American and Russian people. The BPC framework includes 20 working groups, including one on Education, Culture, Sports and Media (ECSM). Two previous mass media sub-working group meetings were held in Boston and Moscow in 2011.