Yevhen Fedchenko, Ph.D

Yevhen Fedchenko
Director, Mohyla School of Journalism
Head of PhD Program in Mass Communication
National university of “Kyiv-Mohyla academy” - KMA (Kyiv, Ukraine)

phone: (+38044) 4637702; cell: (+38067) 5023219
fedchenko [at], yfedchenko [at]

Current Position

2005 – present:  Director of Mohyla School of Journalism at National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Associate professor

2008 – present:  Head of PhD Program in Mass Communication at KMA

Academic Positions

2010-2011: Fulbright research fellow at University of Southern California (Annenberg school for journalism and communication)

2003 -2005: Assistant professor at KMA - Mohyla School of Journalism and Department of Political Science

Related Professional Experience

October, 2011– present: Board Member, Ukrainian Fulbright Society

August, 2011 – present: Co-founder and Director of Digital Media for Universities (DMU) Program – curriculum development program for faculty members from leading Ukrainian universities on social media, online journalism and convergence

February, 2011– present: Member, Ukrainian National Commission on Media Ethics

2009: Head of the Module “Access to information” for the Program “Strengthening Parliaments and Democracies” (Westminster Foundation for Democracy)

2008-2009: Member of the selection committee, Investigative journalism competition (Institute for the development of regional media, Kyiv, Ukraine) 

2008-2009: Member, Editorial Board, National television company of Ukraine (NTKU)

2007 – present: Co-founder and Director of Digital future of journalism (DFJ) Program – post-diploma educational program for journalists on new media, online journalism and convergence

2007-2008: Head of taskforce on launching PhD program in Mass Communication at KMA (TEMPUS)

2004-2005: Media expert for the Center for Media Reform and moderator for Mediaclub – monthly media industry discussions.

2002 – present: Trainings on reporting skills, TV news production, news standards, documentary production and factual programming for Ukrainian and foreign NGOs(OSCE, DFID, PRESS NOW) and leading Ukrainian national and regional media organizations

Courses Taught

• Graduate: International News Production, Factual programming on TV; TV news production(co-teach)
• Undergraduate: Introduction to International Relations (2003-2005)
• Professional: Digital Future of Journalism/Digital media for Universities(curriculum development), Parliamentary Reporting for Journalists/Parliamentary Media communication for Parliamentary Staff  

International Experience

2010:  Member of National Communication Association, USA

2006 – 2007: Co-director of Ohio University / Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Linkage Program (US Department of State grant)

Fall, 2005 and Spring 2007: Visiting professor at Ohio University (Athens, OH, USA)

2007:  Member of Broadcast Education Association, USA

2006: Co-organizer and instructor at International Summer School on Documentary Production (organized by Ohio University and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy).

2006: Member of the Board of HESP Summer School on Media Literacy for the university faculty from Eastern and Central Europe and former Soviet Union (Open Society Institute).

Journalism Experience
1994-1996: Eastern Economist Weekly, correspondent

1996 – 1998: STB Television,  foreign news editor for Vikna,  daily news program

1998 -2002: STB Television, Head of International news department, producer and host of Vikna u Svit (Windows into the World) weekly TV show on world politics

2002-2004: columnist for Delovaya Nedelya Newspaper. Writes on international politics

Media Commentaries 

Regular contributions to Kyiv Post, Krytyka, Komentar, Johnson’s Russia List, also comments for leading Ukrainian TV channels, to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty(RFE/RL), BBC(World and Ukrainian service), BBC Television, ERA Radio, National Public Radio,  Public Radio International, Chicago Public Radio, Radio Canada International. 


2004: Ph.D. in international relations from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, National Academy of Sciences (Kyiv, Ukraine)

1998: MA in political science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

1996:  BA in political science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Academic Interests

Journalism education in transitional societies; news standards; coverage of international politics in media; new media.

Conferences and Speaking Engagements

June 19-24, 2000:  “East-East Relations: Poland and it’s Neighbors”  (Warsaw, Poland)

October 13, 2002:  “Extremism and Nationalism after September 11, 2001” (National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, Ukraine)

June 16-21, 2003:  “Ukraine yesterday, today, tomorrow” (University of Illinois Urbana, USA)

January 27-28, 2004:  KMA Dni Nauki (Annual KMA scientific conference, Kyiv, Ukraine)

February 20-21, 2004:  Ukraine in Europe and in the World (Kyiv, Ukraine)

June 17-18, 2004: Media and elections: experience of Ukraine and Poland (Lviv, Ukraine)

January 14-15, 2005:  Ukraine after Presidential Elections(Poznan, Poland)

February 16, 2005: Round Table “Modern Standards of News Journalism” (Karazin Kharkiv National Universiyty, Ukraine) – keynote address

March 24-25, 2005: Round Table “Freedom of speech and freedom of Media” (Symferopol, Ukraine) – keynote address

September 30 October 2, 2005: Global Fusion 2005: Global media, culture, and health. An International intercultural communications conference (Athens, Ohio, USA)

November 24, 2005:  Transition in journalism education: European context (Kyiv, Ukraine)

September 21-22, 2006: IREX Conference “Ukrainian media development: achievements, possibilities and challenges” (Kyiv, Ukraine)

November 23-29, 2006: Media Freedom and Ethics: A European Dimension in the Professional education and training of journalists (Baku, Azerbaijan)

April 18-21, 2007: Annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Convention (Las Vegas, USA)

September 19-23, 2007: Workshop on design and implementation of PhD programs: experience of Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain) – keynote address

November 15-16, 2007:  The Implementation of European Higher Education Area (EHEA) 3rd Cycle Studies Principles in Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine).

February 3, 2009:  Media Transformation(s) during Transition(s) to Democracy:  Experiences form Ukraine, Turkey and Spain”(Barcelona, UAB) – keynote address

April 20, 2009: Journalism and Journalism Education in an Evolving Society (USC Annenberg, USA)

April 23, 2009: The Evolution of Media Education in an Emerging Democracy: The Ohio University-Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Project (Annual BEA Convention, Las Vegas, USA)

April 25, 2009: Perspectives on Media and Communications in Ukraine (University of Western Ontario, Canada) – co-organizer

April 27, 2009: Perspectives on Media and Communications in Ukraine (University of Toronto, Canada) - co- organizer

June 22, 2010: Public Service broadcasting. A German-Ukrainian Exchange of Opinions – co-organizer (with Institute for Broadcasting economics at the University of Cologne)

November 17-19, 2010: National Communication Association 96th annual convention. Building Bridges: Media Practices and Public Relations Discourses in Ukraine – respondent (San Francisco, USA)

Oct. 7-8, 2011: ROADS TO FREEDOM: Conference on the 20th Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine: Accomplishments and Challenges and the 20th Anniversary to the Rebirth of the National University of Kyiv-
Mohyla Academy

Publications Israeli-Palestinian conflict and political rationality, Politika i Chas (Politics and Time) 2000.–№ 11-12.–P.25-38.

Iraq and Palestine: interdependence of two political and military campaigns in the context of global war against terrorism, Aktualni problemy mizhnarodnyh vidnosyn (Current issues of international relations). Institute of international relations at Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv — 2002.— Issue 33(Part 1).–P.73-78.

Ukrainian foreign policy and the media (2003).  Paper presented at the conference “Ukraine yesterday, today, tomorrow” at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, USA).

Foreign Influences on the Ukrainian presidential elections in 2004. Paper presented at the conference “Ukraine after Presidential Elections”(2005) at the University of Poznan (Poznan Poland).

Coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in US media,  Zapysky magisteriumu (Journal of KMA Graduate School), Issue 22, P. –54.- 2006.

Mass Communication: Creation of Interdisciplinary doctoral program at KMA(2007) In Volodymyr Morenets and Mykhaylo Vynnytsky (Eds.),  The Implementation of European Higher Education Area (EHEA) 3rd Cycle Studies Principles in Ukraine (pp. 75-77). Кyiv: Pulsary.

Digital future of journalism education in Ukraine: experience of Mohyla School of Journalism(2007). In Sergiy Kvit & Tetyana Bondarenko (Eds.), Ukrainian journalism: creation of system and perspectives for development(pp. 65-68).  Cherkasy:  Cherkasy University Press.

Brining western standards of media studies to Ukraine. Telekritika - 2008.  - № 9. P. 54-55.

Digital revolution in the mirror of media education in Ukraine - Telekritika - 2008.  - № 7-8. P. 50-51.

Building media democracy in Ukraine: the role of journalism education - forthcoming in Conference Proceedings for Perspectives on Media and Communications in Ukraine (Munk Center, University of Toronto)

Teaching international journalism to graduate students: Ukrainian experience and international perspective(2010). In Sergiy Kvit & Tetyana Bondarenko (Eds.), International standards of contemporary journalism(pp. 76-82). Cherkasy:  Cherkasy University Press. (co-authored with Darya Taradai)
The Current State of the Media in Ukraine: challenges ands dangers (2011). InOlexiy Khabyuk & Manfred Kops (Eds.), Public Service broadcasting: A German-Ukrainian Exchange of Opinions (pp.11-15). Berlin: LIT Verlag.

Editorial Experience

Member, Editorial Board, Zapysky magisteriumu (Journal of KMA Graduate School)

Geopolitics of States. Guide Book for Journalists(2007). Edited by Fedchenko, Y., Кyiv: Sofia publishing house, 213 p.


1997 “Writing International News” Reuters Foundation Journalism Program (London)

1997 risk assessment course on hostile environments for journalists (London)

2000 Certificate about participation in the International Visitor Program of the United States Department of State “Television Broadcasting in the U.S.”( Washington DC)

2009 International Debates Best Practices workshop(NDI, Washington DC) 


Fluent: Ukrainian, English, Russian

Proficient: Spanish

Reading knowledge: French

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