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International Novomedia Forum

The Novomedia Assosiation’s biggest project to date is International Novomedia Forum in Kyiv. This is a platform for professionals in the sphere of mass media to communicate with each other, as well as a platform for developing a large media sector, specializing in pro-Christian and social topics. The Forum opens for three days to welcome representatives of religious and secular mass media from around the globe. Here, specialists in television, radio, printed media, web-projects and new media come together to discuss their most recent accomplishments.

In 2011, over 350 people from 10 countries attended the Forum. In 2012, over 40 experts in all types of media presented 50 reports, which had to be accommodated in 3 parallel streams.

Ruslan Kukharchuk, Head of Organizing Committee of the Forum, described the mission of this annual event:
International Forum “Novomedia” is a key professional platform in the post-Soviet space, where representatives of both religious and secular media can meet. We are united by one common theme – new media and timeless values. However, we do not debate whether it is possible to integrate the two; apparently, it is. What we do discuss is how to achieve that in a logical and organic manner. This is why we invite both secular and religious journalists, so that we hear recommendations from both sides on how to integrate eternal values with mass media.

If mass media is to strive for the status of objective and trustworthy, it cannot ignore the religious needs of its audience. Therefore, we argue that covering the issues of personal faith and Christianity as a whole should become natural for both secular and religious media, as natural as covering political, economic or social issues.

Forum Tagline: “New Media and Timeless Values”.

  • Ruslan Kukharchuk – a journalist, media manager, social leader, and preacher.
  • Involved in journalism since 2000 – journalist and column editor of a local newspaper Chornomorets (Skadovsk, Kherson region). Since April 2003 – managing editor of All-Ukrainian Christian newspaper KAMEN' Kraeugolniy (The Cornerstone).
  • In 2004 takes the lead in establishing the Association of Journalists, Publishers, and Broadcasters Novomedia and becomes its president. Since 2011 serves as a steering committee chair of the International Novomedia Forum.
  • In September 2003 holds a public action against LGBT procession in Kyiv and succeeded. Since then a far-reaching movement with the above said name has grown and developed in Ukraine as well as abroad.
  • In the summer of 2010 passed the leadership of both LAH movement and the above said steering committee. Assumed the leadership of the civic movement All Together.
  • Over the years works for a number of Ukrainian TV channels, printed and electronic media as a reporter, parliamentary correspondent, anchor, copy editor, managing editor (TV channels НТН (NTN), CBN-CIS, ТВi (TVi), CITI (CITY); newspapers Stolichnie Novosti (Metropolitan News), Delovaya Nedelya (Business Week); news website www.mignews.com.ua, etc.).
  • Owns several web resources: information portal Vse Novosti (All News), website NHM – Novosti Khristianskogo Mira (CWN – Christian World News), music blog journal mBlog.
  • Public speaker and trainer. Teaches journalism, teleproduction, media management, mass communications, and PR in Ukraine and abroad.
  • Possesses degrees in Journalism, Directing, and Theology.
  • Author of the book Desyatka (Bullseye).
  • Born in Ordzhonikidze (Dnepropetrovsk region), raised in Skadovsk (Kherson region), resides in Kyiv.