Representatives of Trade Union talk to students of journalism about the rights and position of journalists in Montenegro
“Journalists in Montenegro must fight for the basic level of social and economic rights, and the precondition for free journalism is economic independence”, explained Nevenka Cirovic, the vicepresident of Trade Union of Media of Montenegro. The representatives of Trade Union talk to students of journalism about the rights and position of journalists in Montenegro, at the Faculty of Political Science in Podgorica.
Milena Bubanja, the vicepresident of SMCG introduced the results of research on the state in digital media in Montenegro. Only 31.5% of employees in online newsrooms are younger than 35 years, and journalists who have switched from print to online newsrooms often do not recognize the importance of new media. About 30 % of journalists have no regular income, and as many as 60 % work on weekends and during the holidays, according to the analysis. Additionaly, the average salary of journalists in these media is between 500 and 600 euros.
Radomir Krackovic, vicepresident of SMCG was pointed to certain ethical problems encountered by online newsrooms. Krackovic said it is necessary that web portals would be registered in the Agency for Electronic Media. This is necessary to avoid the influence of political parties “from background” on the editorial policies of the portals.
Faculty of Political Science