Setting strategies to improve working conditions for journalists

How to shape the future of journalists’ trade unions and associations in the Western Balkans and Turkey? The EFJ’s Labour Rights Expert Group Plus (LAREG+), composed of representatives from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, convened on the 10th of April 2018 in Skopje (Macedonia) to reflect on a one-year strategic plan to improve […]

Date Set for the Start of Collective Agreement Negotiations in MIA

A protocol for the manner of conducting the collective agreement negotiations will be signed by the end of February, was the conclusion from the meeting of the representatives of the Independent Trade Union of Journalists and Media Workers and the management of the Macedonian Informative Agency (MIA). SSNM also met with the employees in MIA […]

Salaries in the Media Stuck Below the Average

Almost 45 percent of Macedonian journalists receive a salary lower than the state average, which amounts to 22.808 denars. This was demonstrated by a new survey conducted by the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM) conducted in July and August this year using the online service Survey Monkey. SSNM consulted 127 media workers, […]

Decision for Strike in MPM

The Executive Board of SSNM and the union representatives of SSNM`s union groups in the newsrooms of the daily newspapers Dnevnik and Utrinski Vesnik under ownership of the Service Company Media Print Macedonia DOOEL – Skopje decided to go on a srike. The decision for a strike was made because the salary for December has […]

HEADLINES MATTER

2017 will be the year that news organizations start approaching headlines with the importance they deserve. A few years ago, around the time that a scary-exciting new thing called “social” started becoming more important than search engine optimization, digital media organizations discovered that nothing mattered more than headlines, at least when it came to getting […]

Violence against journalists has increased in Western Balkans

Number of attacks against journalists has increased in last few years. What causes even more worries is the fact that physical attacks and violence against journalists has increased too. That was pointed out at the opening of two-day conference held in Belgrade on 6th and 7th December 2016 on Media Freedom and Security of Journalists […]

Is criminalizing fake news the way forward?

German lawmakers have called for legal action against the production and distribution of fake news. But digital rights groups warned of the harrowing effects it could have online, including censorship. Politicians, news consumers and social media entrepreneurs have turned their attention to the subject of fake news, in large part due to its alleged influence […]

Fake News is Nothing New

Yellow journalism has been defined as any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical manner. The term was coined in the 1890s to describe the ferocious circulation war between William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal and the New York World, owned by Joseph Pulitzer. They sought out crime, scandal and salacious detail. Facts that […]

Journalists in the age of Trump: Lose the smugness, keep the mission.

By Margaret Sullivan Media Columnist Journalists may thrive on news — by definition, the unexpected or novel — but they’re terrible at getting out of their own comfortable ruts. Consider, for example, the decade or so of abject denial about their threatened business model that followed the apocalyptic arrival of Craigslist, which removed the crucial […]