When I was in 8th grade, our Russian language and literature teacher gave us an assignment to write an essay, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I didn’t have to think twice: a journalist. I only had a vague notion of what a journalist was, but I liked the word. After that, firstly, there were publications in a factory’s in-house newspaper “Meat Giant”, studies at the Journalism Faculty at the Moscow State University, my first job on a magazine called “Student Meridian”.
The word ‘journalist’ grew on me. At the end of the 90s, it was one of the most popular professions. In 1997, I walked past the Ostankino TV centre in Moscow and thought, maybe I should go in? That’s how I began working for the NTV channel. After that, I worked for TV 6, TVS, The First Channel and REN TV. Creating documentaries for RT is a different kind of journalism.
Thankfully, I accumulated a considerable store of knowledge, it came in handy. Documentaries should be made by experienced people, so that a documentary can be like a document that historians could rely on in the future. Otherwise, the audience will believe neither the journalist nor their film. It’s a good thing that my teacher gave us that assignment so long ago. I would still write my essay about journalism today.
Vyacheslav Guz has written several documentary programmes for RT, including: Renaissance, We Teach Life, Sir. Music amid Destruction in Gaza Strip, We Love Gaza, 119 Lives Unlived, Last Wishes and others.