The Park Center for Independent Media and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival invite you to a conversation with media experts on coverage of the Russia-Ukraine war in independent and mainstream media.

The discussion will be held Wednesday, September 7, from 7:00–8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Watch the full recording here.

Journalist Natalie Gryvnyak, scholars Masha Shpolberg and Zenon Wasyliw, and moderator Raza Rumi will offer perspectives spanning on-the-ground reporting, Eastern European history, and film production. Their analyses will raise vital questions on the impacts of media concerning the war, followed by an interactive Q&A with attendees.




Natalie Gryvnyak has over six years experience as a journalist and a producer with major Ukrainian and foreign media including BBC, Washington Post, Euronews, PBS, Al Jazeera and others. She is the founder of In-Features, the story production agency that creates fully researched feature stories and media content based on current affairs in Ukraine. Natalie is also a documentarist, filmmaker, and video and print journalist.


Masha Shpolberg is Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts at Bard College. Her teaching and research explore global documentary, Russian and East European cinema, ecocinema, and women’s cinema. She holds a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies & Comparative Literature from Yale University. Masha is originally from Odessa, Ukraine, and has written about the Babylon’13 collective covering the war for Docalogue and Film Quarterly’s online column, Quorum.


Zenon Wasyliw is Professor of History at Ithaca College. He has taught more than fifteen different courses in the Department of History since 1989, most recently including The USSR: History and Legacies, Global Revolutions in the 20th and 21st Centuries, The Other Europe: Modern Eastern and Central Europe. He is engaged in scholarship related to these historical subjects through research, writing and conference presentations. 


Raza Rumi is a Pakistani policy analyst, journalist and an author. He is Director, Park Center for Independent Media and teaches in the journalism department. Raza is also Visiting Faculty at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. During 2015-2017, Raza was a scholar in residence at IC and taught courses in journalism and writing departments as well as at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University.