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ARTICLE: Photojournalists are overworked and underappreciated

Photojournalists working for Polish, Czech and Slovakian newspapers feel their workload increasing while their prestige dwindles, Filip Láb and Sandra Štefaniková, both of Charles University in Prague, write. They interviewed 78 photojournalists and photo editors who work for the leading print media in the three countries. The average size of a photography department is under … Continued

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ARTICLE: Central and Eastern Europe has three types of media systems

Can the media system typology famously proposed by Daniel Hallin and Paolo Mancini (2004) be applied to Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries? This question was put to the test by a group of researchers based in Switzerland and Germany. They applied the framework to 11 CEE countries and conducted a series of statistical tests … Continued

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ARTICLE: A brief history of journalists’ organisations in Czechoslovakia

An article by Markéta Ševčíková, an independent researcher, and Kaarle Nordenstreng, of University of Tampere, recounts the history of journalists’ organisations in former Czechoslovakia. Most notably, the country hosted the International Organization for Journalists (IOJ) – once the worlds leading journalists’ organisation. Ševčíková and Nordenstreng begin by summarizing Czechoslovakian history from its 1918 independence from … Continued

ARTICLE: Social media as news sources

The Czech news media do not fully utilize the democratic potential of social networking sites as news sources, claims a recent study by Radim Hladík of Charles Univesity in Prague and Václav Štětka of the University of Oxford. The paper titled The powers that tweet: Social media as news sources in the Czech Republic was published … Continued

REPORT: Czech politicians are unhappy with journalism

Czech politicians are highly dissatisfied with the country’s national journalism, writes Roman Hájek, of Charles University in Prague. Hájek lead a survey of Czech parliament members in order to gauge their views on media and journalism. The research was duplicated from an earlier, cross-national study Political communication culture in Western Europe in order to allow … Continued

REPORT: Czech journalism reflects the ills of politics

Journalism in Czech Republic is unable to perform its societal duties, writes Jiří Zatloukal, a fellow at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ). Zatloukal is also a journalist for a Czech magazine. According to the author, journalistic culture in Czech Republic reflects political culture wrought with corruption and self-interested power struggles. This, again, … Continued