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Serbian Journalism: A qualitative study of the journalist, the surrounding environment and the journalistic responsibility
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study explores Serbian journalism and its current situation, emphasizing on the role of the journalist and the difficulties that they encounter, seen from the individual perspective of the journalist. The research was conducted in Serbia and it is an interesting area to study because of the country’s current situation with an unfinished revolution, slow-going transition and never-ending democratic processes. Recent changes in politics, law and media seemingly improved the social, economic and media landscape. Scratching the surface reveals however deep social and psychological problems and many dilemmas that Serbian journalists face in their everyday work. The main objective of this thesis is to examine and explore the environment in which Serbian journalists work; their economic status, influences from ruling powers, social position in the society and personal attitudes.

This study is based on qualitative research where interviews have been used as the primary method for collecting information, backed up with observations and informal interviews.

The study shows that the social and economic status of journalists in Serbia is poor and journalism is under severe pressure from the political power. The ruling structures are creating and deliberately maintaining an environment where journalists feel insecure, unprotected and replaceable, which is causing irresponsible behaviour towards the profession and the public. The journalists are exposed and feel a low level of protection from the media houses, unions and legal structures. This puts the journalists in a weak position, which can clearly be seen by the control executed on them, their attitudes towards the profession and the journalistic content that is produced.

This thesis will show that; even though the political structures are the main reason for an insufficient journalistic environment, it doesn’t eliminate the responsibility from the journalists, who are currently not being responsible towards the profession nor the public. It is not enough to accuse the political structures for corrupt and reckless behaviour; initiative and action for change and improvement of the profession needs to come from the journalists’ side.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Serbia, journalism, journalist, transition, democratisation, media scene, political influence, censorship, qualitative interview.
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87083OAI: diva2:600831
2013-01-23, Sal 1, JMK, Karlavägen 104, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-02-05 Created: 2013-01-26 Last updated: 2013-02-05Bibliographically approved

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