Behind the Invisible Curtain

This is our year-end group project for the Introduction to Journalism class. Our group members were Janna Gyulzadyan, Nerses Arabian, Anna Vartanyan and me, Iren Stepanyan. We decided to dedicate this last project to a very interesting place – Yerevan State Chamber Theatre – and show its inner life hidden from common spectators.


Behind the Invisible Curtain



Being a Journalist

The first time during the whole semester I am not reading NY Times, CNN, WSJ in search of a newsworthy information for my blog post. Instead, I am trying to finalize my thoughts and understand what was my most important takeaway from this course and why I terribly want to have another course connected with Journalism.

So, how did this course change the way I perceive the reality? Before taking the course, I rarely thought about (maybe never) how articles are written, how interviews are conducted, how much time, persistence, and dedication the job of a journalist requires. The course encouraged me to put myself in the shoes of a real journalist, and at least try to be impartial, concise and to the point. The course also helped me to understand the importance of citizen journalism, motivated me to open a Twitter account (I do not regret), and for the first time made me consider journalism as my future profession.

I frankly confess that the course was one of the most informative and interesting ones I have taken so far. Due to the course, I will never forget that punctuation marks go inside the quotation marks ALWAYS! I will never forget the golden rule about assuming.

And now as the semester is almost over I am glad that I attended almost all the classes and sponged as much information as possible. I hope that this is last blog post within Intro to Journalism course, but definitely not the last one in the critical space.

Special thanks to my lovely instructor Ms. Maria Titizian and wonderful TA Ms. Melanie Nakashian!

P.S. This is the first time during 15 weeks I forgot about the last yet the most important blog post. Sorry for unprofessionalism! L

Lusine Sargsyan

Section A




Last one…

I can’t begin to describe just how useful this course has been to me in my pursuit of understanding the field of journalism. The succinct and to the point lectures accompanied by clear and concise power point presentations has made the information we’ve been provided with accessible and easy to grasp.

Ms. Titizian was, in addition to an engaging professor, a merciful one, who took pity on us when we stumbled into class in the early morning, still barely woken up. Her sympathy for us as students made her accessible and easily relatable.

The task of blogging every week has also been vital in shaping my understanding of journalism, as it has shown me that writing is not a finite exercise, but one that continues and one to which you must get used to should you choose to continue on as a journalist. Seeking out new sources and topics to write about was also a challenge.

Despite journalism not being my future profession, this course was rewarding and I am glad to have taken it as I have received much from it. Thank you so much Ms. Titizian for being so good to us. This course was really a great experience for me!

-Ani Sardarian

My experience writing for thecriticalspace & Journalism

Dear Reader,

Thanks for reading and following thecriticalspace, a blog full of interesting articles and opinions. Working in this team was an experience on its own. There is so much I learned in the aftermath of this process. Number One: I became more aware of the news and events happening (local and international). I started following news agencies, other blogs and even informative YouTube channels. For a long time, I was actually was out of this “circle”, meaning I was never really into politics or hard news events. Since it didn’t really interest me, I would never directly read them but mainly hear them from family and friends. But now I learned that being uninformed and unread is embarrassing and unfit for any citizen. Number Two:Having an opinion. Reading news not only intellectually shapes the person but adds vocabulary into your speech and helps you grow as a person. It’s very ugly when a person doesn’t know what’s happening around him, doesn’t have anything to talk about and is lacking opinion or logic. Having an opinion about diverse topics is exactly what makes a person different from everyone else. Agreeing with everyone else, or having a  mutual stand makes you not worth anything; it makes you a ghost in this moving world. Reading others opinions in this blog was also helpful as I understood the viewpoints of different people and what Armenian students generally think about different issues and I learned what exact issues are the most important and the most talked about. Number Three: I learned that Journalism, is not an easy task and you constantly have to be thinking on the spot. You have to be all around the place and have an eye for interesting events or people. I realized that there is so much going on , so many potential-interesting stories around me, but I have to notice them to consider them, do investigations and learn or pass on information to the public.

Subjective post from the Journalism course.

Sorry to say that I was also looking forward to this final blog post day for a very long time. I am trying to be more honest with myself, my thoughts and impressions more than ever as I am writing this post which totally varies from the other ones with its content. Here, we students finally got the chance to be at the center of the “world”, but of OUR world of perceptions based on this course. Happy, to write about it!

When I was a teenager, my all-time dream was to become a journalist, someone like Christiane Amanpour. I kept exploring Armenian media agencies, journalists and that wish of becoming a journalist became bigger and bigger. Our course was a pleasant experience throwing expected but at the same time unexpected challenges to me. It is amazing how many unknown things I uncovered, including a little ability to create something “journalistic.” It was terribly hard to write a hard news or feature article after writing crusted academic essays full of subjectivity for one and half years. However, once you are a student you have to be stubborn to kill your opinions, individual expressions when it comes to acting like a journalist. I am thankful to our professor Titizian for providing us with that opportunity. I didn’t know about my journalistic capabilities. My papers were not 100% similar to what a journalist would write or what you expected to read. Motivation in an obscure field is difficult to find. However, our papers, blog posts and projects made me rummage the hope that I could succeed newly throughout each challenge. Thanks for requiring and always supporting. I gained the hope that I am capable of writing in many different ways or at least trying. This will always serve as motivation when there is lack of it. Thank you, soo much, beloved Ms. Titizian.

Mane Matevosyan.

An Ode to Journalism


Here are some messy thoughts

Roaming through the mind of an exhausted student.

A combination of regrets and joys,

Which are however critical and prudent.


Well, journalism was something new

Both fun and challenging at once.

Exposing things that I misknew

By putting theory and practice in balance.


The gods of journalism are facts

But still there’s room for puns

While I enjoyed the features and profiles

The hard news sometimes sucked.


The deadlines never felt so tough

With interviews that needed to be scheduled in advance.

Be those face to face, by phone or via skype

Sometimes with awkward pauses, sometimes with cheerful vibes.


But back to the question of our blog

Alas, we had to do it every week

I’d rather write a well-thought piece of 700 words

And post it every other week.


But setting everything aside,

The most important thing is that we learned to tweet! 😀


Maria Mkrtchyan


See You Soon

Getting accepted to AUA and having the chance to study at one of the best universities in Armenia was and still is a lifetime experience for me. I liked pretty much all the courses that I have taken with some exceptions. However, I can certainly state that Intro to Journalism course has become the best course I have taken during four semesters.

I have always liked the sphere of journalism. However, I have always thought it would be hard to become an exemplary journalist, because I did not have an example and more importantly, an excellent instructor to teach me and motivate me to become one. Now, thanks to Mrs. Titizian I have the motivation, the example, the enthusiasm and the goal to try to become a good journalism and learn more about it.

Thanks to this course, I came to know a lot of useful information about everything concerning the whole world and our country as well. I liked writing blog posts each week as it was a new and interesting experience which taught the students a lot. I enjoyed making a Storify story, because I realized how important it is to have reliable sources and credible information. I enjoyed listening to every lecture of Mrs. Titizian that really gave a thorough information about the basics of journalism. The assignments were somehow frightening at first, but, after doing all the interviews, writing and editing them I started to wait for the next assignment. It might sound funny but by writing our assignments I was imagining myself as a journalist which might be because of the fact that I found them very interesting and informative. I liked having guest speakers as well because they shared their experience and talked about international news in a very professional way.

Thank you Mrs. Titizian for familiarizing me with the useful skills of a good journalist. Thank you for interesting lessons and great experiences. I really hope I can have the chance to have other courses with you.

Thanks, Mrs. Titizian!

Anush Shirvanyan