Martin Ossikovski is another associate professor of the Media and Communication Department interviewed by Denitsa Gorchalova. He teaches Academic Writing, English for Journalists and Sociologists and Media Ethics.

Denitsa Gorchalova: How do you perceive the idea of pro bono activities to become part of the curriculum at UNWE? What are the pros and cons?

Martin Ossikovski: Heavy pluses (in terms of basic 21-century social skills), no minuses whatsoever.

Denitsa Gorchalova: Would you make pro bono activities a part of the final grade of the students and why? 

Martin Ossikovski: In my case, these should be some sort of pro-bono bridges between schools and universities, e.g. university students working with/for primary/secondary schools.

Denitsa Gorchalova: Would you make pro bono activities a part of the final grade of the students and why? 

Martin Ossikovski: Yes – I think it’s a very strong marker of personal motivation/determination in terms of turning ideas into reality.

Denitsa Gorchalova: What are the problematic areas you envision if pro bono would become a part of the teaching? 
Martin Ossikovski: Motivating the more indifferent ones might be a problem; also, stereotype management when working with vulnerable minorities.