Pressures on Local Media in Vojvodina

In the publication Pressures on Local Media in Vojvodina, we present an analysis of the position of media freedom in Novi Sad, Sombor, Kikinda, Subotica, Zrenjanin and Pancevo. Students of journalism have collected testimonies by local journalists on censorship, insults, threats and financial pressures, as well as data on the biased allocations of money for public information. The publication was created within the project "Mission Defense", which is funded by the European Union through the small grants programme "Protecting Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in the Western Balkans" implemented by the Croatian Journalists' Association as part of the regional project Western Balkan's Regional Platform for Advocating Media Freedom and Journalists' Safety.


The smaller-scale research presented here attempts to illuminate certain positive examples of media policy, of institutions fighting corruption, as well as of media and journalism in the region. Here we are focused on three countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. We began our report by identifying basic characteristics of the examined good practice examples in the media and journalism, presenting them in a regional comparative overview. In addition to that we are presenting good practice
examples in, respectively, the field of media policy and the fight against corruption in the media sector individually with no comparative references, since we have singled out only one example per the fields in question. We are ending the overview by drawing certain conclusions from the eight cases presented.
Monitoring the implementation of new media legislation in Serbia - Media privatization

Novi Sad School of Journalism in the course of 2015, followed the process of ownership transformation of Serbian media, especially the media in the languages of national minorities.
Results are presented to the interested public in this publication. The publication contains four reports:
1. „Limitations of the freedom of expression in Vojvodina`s national communities“ (Miroslav Keveždi) provides a review of the general theoretical standpoint on the limits of freedom of expression which we find today to be applicable to freedom of expression within Vojvodina's national communities.
2. „Privatisation of minority language media in Serbia: Liberation or disappearance?“ (Jovanka Matić i Dubravka Valić Nedeljković) examines the challenges of the mandatory privatisation of media and other provisions of the new Law on Public Information and Media bring to the system of dissemination of information for national minorities in their native languages. It also offers recommendations that could provide viable solutions to financially sustainable, independent and quality minority media outlets.
3. „Privatization of minority media - Opportunity or threat? - Diachronic and synchronic perspective“ (Dubravka Valić Nedeljković) provides a critical analysis of the impact of previous privatization process (2002-2007), and public debate on the second privatization round.
4. „Privatization of multilingual media in Serbia in 2015: Failed expectations“ (Stefan Janjić) provides an overview of the privatizations outcomes and indicates potential areas of abuse in maintaining program continuity of the local media reporting on minority languages."
1Media [in]dependence in 2015– the realization of independence and program functions of the Radio-Television of Vojvodina in the period of budget financing

The monograph “Media [in]dependence in 2015 – the realization of independence and program functions of the Radio-Television of Vojvodina in the period of budget financing“ brings together research results of the radio and television programs of RTV in Serbian and selected languages of national minorities, implemented in the framework of the longitudinal project - "The market-based RTVNS transformation into a Public Broadcasting Service of Vojvodina" - initiated in 2006. The goal of this research is deconstruction of the editorial policies of the Public Broadcasting Service of Vojvodina and determining the degree of the realization of the public interest. As stated in the review by Dr. Laura Spariosu "bearing in mind the fact that public services are established and funded by citizens and that the right of every citizen is to be informed, this monograph provides a useful and relevant contribution to the media research, sets standards and recommendations for good practice in relation to quality and the content of the program, which Radio-Television of Vojvodina should foster and disseminate."

Collection of reports “Elections for National Councils of National Minorities 2014 – Whom did the media in minority languages choose?” - in the series "The media sphere" of the Novi Sad School of Journalism is the third book that deals exclusively with direct reflection of the electoral campaign in the media and the deconstruction of editorial policy in this area. These kind of Collections represent a significant source of quantitative data on the effect of the media during election campaigns at various levels, but the deconstruction of the strategies used by mass media to send both explicit as well as implicit messages to the voters and thus influence, to some extent, their decisions which of course, have far-reaching consequences.

1Media integrity matters - Reclaiming public service values in media and journalism

This book is an attempt to address obstacles to a democratic development of media systems in the countries of South East Europe by mapping patterns of corrupt relations and practices in media policy development, media ownership and financing, public service broadcasting, and journalism as a profession. It introduces the concept of media integrity to denote the public-service values in media and journalism. In analyzing the current situation of the media, the focus was on the assessment of factors that have been identified as posing a risk to media integrity, with an overview of past developments if relevant for understanding the current situation.

2The importance of media integrity - restoring media and journalism as the public service

A national survey "The Importance of media integrity - Restore media and journalism in the service of the public," whose authors are Jovanka Matic and Prof. Dr. Dubravka Valic Nedeljkovic, deals with the risks of media integrity in five specific areas: the development and implementation of media policy, the structure of media ownership financing structure of the media, the concept and operation of public service broadcasting and professional journalistic practice. The research is part of a regional project "South East European Media Observatory" , which is coordinated by the Peace Institute in Ljubljana.

The project is being implemented with the support of the European Commission, a study in Serbia supported by the Foundation for an Open Society Serbia and the Ministry of Culture and Public Information of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

3Who media chose, and whad did parties offer II

Who media chose, and whad did parties offer II is a collection of reports on how the local, provincial, and national print and electronic, as well as new media in the majority and minority language informed public about the election campaign during the parliamentary election 2014. The purpose of this longitudinal study is deconstruction of editorial policies of mass media discourse and communication strategies of the parties with the polling body during election campaigns through traditional and new media in the socio-political contexts that are at the time of each of the analyzed media campaigns affected their behaviour.

kultura kroz oko medijaCulture through the eye of the media

The main goal of monitoring is to assess the situation in reporting on cultural events at Radio Television of Vojvodina Vojvodina and other broadcasters, with an emphasis on intercultural, quantitative and qualitative analysis of media content and finding and promoting good practices.

Information in Minority Languages in the Western Balkans:

Media Plan Institute in cooperation with the Novi Sad School of Journalism, Journalism and Public Relations School from Skopje and independent analyst Nataša Ružić implemented the research project Minorities and Media in the Western Balkans, which analyzed national minority media and programs for national minorities in four countries in the Western Balkan region. The project detects and describes the main problems in the operation of these media in relation to journalistic, social, political and financial challenges. This book is one of the results of the project.

Ladies Diary of Change

The custom-made publication called “Ladies Diary of Change” consists of the best essays, articles and interviews written by young girls from Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. They were participants of the project of Novi Sad School of Journalism that has the aim to give young women the opportunity to learn to use the skills needed for turning their ideas into concrete initiatives and preparing them for decision-making roles in the dialogue and reconciliation processes in the region. Our participants presented their views on issues that we dealt with during the project. Special emphasis is placed on gender equality. Our partners on the project were “Women’s Association Aureola”, “Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy” and “Montenegro Media Institute”. This project was supported by European Commission and Balkan Trust for Democracy.


Monitoring of media coverage, promotional TV spots and political party sites in the election campaign for local, regional and republic vote for president of Serbia in 2012 with instructions for better practice.


Pandora's Box

Project against sexual abuse of children.


Novi Sad School of Journalism, in collaboration with its partners: Media Initiative of Sarajevo, Institute Stine from Split and Company Integrity in Ljubljana, organized a regional conference on combating corruption in the region. The conference was presented and publications Corruption Interruption, in which research results are published on the fight against corruption, focusing on corruption in politics, health and education in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.


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The fourth edition of the publication in the media sphere of the Novi Sad School of Journalism issued on the basis of conducted monitoring cycle in 2008. year with analysis of research results and recommendations for a good media practice.


Media Art Service International and Novi Sad School of Journalism implemented the project ‘Guide through journalistic skills – manual for Serbian radio and TV stations journalists in Diaspora’. This project was implemented for the needs of Serbian Ministry for Diaspora. The activities were: creating a database of electronic media broadcasting programs and parts of programs in Serbian language and creating a manual for Serbian radio and TV stations journalists in Diaspora. This manual should serve as a guide through journalistic skills, with an aim to increase the level of quality in our media abroad.


Monitoring the presence of women candidates in the media during election campaigns for local and provincial elections in 2008. This information published results of the research, analysis of the visibility of women in political TV commercials, and interviews of prominent candidate after the election campaign.

Media and ethnic minorities

In this publication have been published reports about the level of satisfaction of the rights of information in minority languages in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The first part of the report was written in May 2008 while the second part was written after eight months and focuses on changes that have occurred in the past. In writing the report was attended by Media Plan Institute from Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), news agency STINA, Split (Croatia) and Novi Sad School of Journalism (Serbian).

Public Service - MONITORING OF TRANSFORMATION RTV Novi Sad in Public Service

In the publication "Public-Service Monitoring of transformation of RTV Novi Sad in the Public Service", which is Sad School of Journalism has published in its edition of "The media sphere," are the results of qualitative and quantitative analysis of three cycles of the monitoring report of the Public Service of which were realized by September 2006. until January 2007. year. We assessed the informational, cultural, educational and editorial election program in six languages (Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, Ruthenian, Romanian and Romany). The publication also includes reports and focus group attended by monitors who watched the program and recorded data.

Public service and private broadcasters in the service of citizens

The electronic edition of the publication The public presentation with the addition of quantitative and qualitative analyzed results concerning the reporting of neighbor nations will be a good guide to management, editors and reporters of public service and commercial television stations, media organizations, journalism students, as well as independent media israživačima and the general public in surveys and reporting on neighboring peoples.


The publication presents the results of quantitative and qualitative content analysis of three cycles of monitoring (April, June and November) of the Public Service of Vojvodina, which were implemented during 2007. year. Monitoring were followed by informative, cultural, agricultural, religious and sports programs newsroom in six languages (Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, Ruthenian, Romanian and Romany). In this way cover all three functions of public service: news, educational and fun. In addition, it's made and linguistic analysis of the languages of national minorities of the Public Service of Vojvodina, the first after a long period. With these results, in this publication are also reports of monitoring of public service and commercial television from Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, conducted during April 2007. year.

Indicator of Public Interest

This publication is the result of monitoring and analysis of central informative political programs broadcast in 10 countries of Southeast Europe.

Conflict and collaboration, business interests and needs of the public media in Southeast Europe
The electronic edition of the publication contains reports on the monitoring of the central news and political TV show (TV news) public services, and programs leading commercial TV stations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania and Serbia (SEENPM member networks) during the eight days April 2007.

multikulturalnostMulticuturalism in programms of the Public boradcasting service of Vojvodina

Quantitative and qualitative analysis of the program in 6 languages (Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, Romanian, Rutherian and Roma) on Radio televison of Vojvodina which was monitored 3 times (September 2006 - January 2007), focusing on the presence / absence of multicultural content on a public broadcaster.

Guided and Proceedings

This edition corresponds to the daily needs of the media and journalists, both in the field of ethics of the profession, as well as thematic specialization. The methodological design practicum follow world trends by applying an interactive version of the CDR-in.


Thematic trainings, round tables, forums and seminars bring together the most respected experts, publicists, public figures. Technical equipment of the Novi Sad School of Journalism allows transcription of what was said so it is common to authorized presentation in the proceedings made available to the public (Our reality and the German experience, The Church, religious community, the media and democracy, Our reality and the European experience).