Intensive journalism classes begin in Moscow newsroom.
Eric Schwartz (left) and Alexei Terehov of Moi Rayon talk with young journalism students.
Western commentators understandably worry about growing restrictions on press freedom in Russia, but in the eyes of new journalism students in Moscow I see bright signs of hope. At the Moscow newspaper office of Moy Rayon, we are holding journalism classes for about a dozen young students, who exhibit much of the same fire found in journalism students in the United States. They want to find and tell the stories in their neighborhoods.