Guides & Publications
Guides & Publications
The Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga has produced a number of publications and guides for journalists and media professionals with practical tips and checklists containing vital information on media law, privacy and ethics.
GDPR Guide for Journalists
The GDPR, or more commonly known as "General Data Protection Regulation" is applicable in EU from May 2018 and the implications for media are significant in the way we use data – and there’ll be more strict regulation and fines for especially the abuse of data. This brochure will help you understand what steps you should take to respect GDPR while working in the media industry.
This guide sets out the basic principles and obligations, advises on good practice, and clarifies how an exemption for journalism works to protect freedom of expression.
Legal Guide for Journalists
Freedom of expression and of the press is one of the cornerstones of a democratic, open society. Journalism as a profession is the guardian of this freedom, gathering information, holding power accountable and disseminating the diverse opinions on matters of public interest. But a journalist also has special obligations: to objectively try to find the truth, to separate opinion from the news, to verify the facts, to protect and disseminate various opinions, retract false information.
The freedom of expression is not absolute: it is limited by lies, discrimination and intolerance, based on a person's belonging to a particular ethnic group, age or sexuality, national security considerations, the privacy of individuals and the specific situation of crimes against children.
Part of the restrictions on the journalists’ activities is laid down in the Criminal Law, the Civil Law, Law on the Protection of Children's rights, Personal Data Protection Law and other laws. This legal guide is designed for journalists who are practising journalism in Latvia and Estonia.
Latvian Legal Guide
Estonian Legal Guide
News Verification Guide
The rise of camera-enabled smartphones and high-speed mobile data services has led to a proliferation of photo and video content being shared via social networks. It is now often the case that for an international, breaking news story, the first reports, videos and photo to emerge will come via social media.
This is both a great opportunity and challenge for journalists: we have access to first-hand footage from around the world of breaking news events, and so are able to cover stories that we otherwise couldn’t report on. At the same time, social networks are contested spaces that are often awash with fake and mis-contextualized content designed to mislead and confuse.
If journalists are to benefit from sourcing content via social media, we need to take care to carry out a series of steps to establish the credibility of a photo, video or source.
This guide by Tom Trewinnard is designed as a series of checklists to help you find answers to key questions about content you’re investigating online. This publication was supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers in Latvia and the Swedish Anne-Marie and Gustaf Ander Foundation.
Baltic Media Health Check
Baltic Media Health Check is an annual journalistic snapshot study aimed at measuring the current ‘temperature’ of the media markets in the Baltics, identifying the present trends, leaders and threats, as well as examining the most significant common issues.