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.


Funding Opportunities for Media

Description: Are you a photographer 18–25 years old? We’re looking for fresh perspectives for our new Emerging Photographer Grant—and it’s free to apply!

Application deadline: May 31, 2020


Description: FWB encourages both novice and experienced filmmakers from around the world to apply for grant funding. The application process is designed to showcase each respective project’s alignment with FWB’s mission as well as to outline the filmmaker’s goals, implementation strategy, outcomes, and expected impact

Application deadline: June 1, 2020


Description: IJ4EU’s Investigation Support scheme provides financial support to new investigative projects, including projects that have only recently begun or new phases of existing projects. Teams can apply for between €5,000 and €50,000. The Investigation Support scheme expects to provide €800,000 in grants in 2020. IJ4EU’s Publication Support Scheme provides financial support of up to €6,250 for cross-border investigations that are already underway. These are projects that need additional, shorter-term support in order for journalists or news organisations to complete and publish their stories.

Application deadline: June 14, 2020 and rolling until September 18, 2020


Description: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting partners with individual journalists and news organizations to support in-depth, high-impact reporting on topics of global importance, including investigations of systemic problems that are often overlooked by mainstream U.S. media. We accept applications to fund reporting projects from freelance and staff journalists, as well as assignment editors and news outlets.

Application deadline: Rolling


Description: The IWMF's Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits - journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes. This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 USD per request. However, special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those who have greater financial need.

Application deadline: Rolling


Description: This awarded European Cross-Border Grant programme will support professional journalists, who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European affairs. The stories must be relevant to European target groups.

Application deadline: July 15, 2020


Description: In Money Trail, offers working grants for (teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse money laundering and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.

Application deadline: July 15, 2020


Description: Independent media organizations, civic groups and associations can apply.

Application deadline: June 19, 2020


Description: Reporting Democracy is inviting proposals for stories that reveal how the Covid-19 crisis is reshaping politics and society in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe. Successful proposals will receive a grant of between 500 and 2,500 euros.

Application deadline: Rolling


Description: Civitates welcomes proposals for core grants to strengthen public interest journalism organisations across Europe. Civitates aims to establish a diverse cohort of independent, public interest journalism organisations which defend democracy in Europe.

Application deadline: June 30, 2020


Description: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that supports independent global journalism, is seeking applications for innovative data-driven journalism projects that spotlight under reported issues. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad. We are eager for proposals that will employ cutting-edge data techniques, as well as embrace collaboration among newsrooms, whether that be across state lines or across national borders. We encourage proposals that push the envelope in data collection and analysis and make use of advanced data mining techniques, such as machine learning, natural language processing, as well as spatial data analysis, satellite imagery, drones and sensors. We’re seeking compelling data-driven storytelling, based on original data collection and analysis and strong visuals, that has the potential to shape public discourse and hold the powerful accountable.

Application deadline: Rolling


Description: As COVID-19 continues to evolve and impact communities around the globe, the National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. This fund will place particular emphasis on delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. We are interested in local and even hyper-local distribution models. This fund is designed to quickly deliver support so that both individual stories and longer series of content may be created.

Application deadline: Rolling


Description: EED supports civil society organisations, pro-democracy movements, civic and political activists, and independent media platforms and journalists working towards a pluralistic, democratic political system. These can also include newly created or non-registered organisations, informal platforms, youth groups and individuals. In particular, EED supports those who cannot be supported by other donors and existing EU instruments.

Application deadline: Permanent opportunity


Description: Media Development Investment Fund provides affordable debt and equity financing to independent media in a range of countries where access to free and independent news and information is under threat.

Application deadline: Permanent opportunity


Description: Support from the European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund. There will be subsequent funding waves in the coming months (dates to be confirmed).

Application deadline: The information about the next funding wave will follow

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.

Brošūra: Personas datu aizsardzība žurnālistikas jomā Vispārīgās datu aizsardzības regulas kontekstā (LAT, 2018)

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 

Latvian Legal Guide for Journalists (LAT, 2018)

Latvian Legal Guide for Journalists (RUS, 2018) 

Latvian Legal Guide for Journalists (ENG, 2018)

Estonian Legal Guide

Estonian Legal Guide for Journalists (EST, 2018)

Estonian Legal Guide for Journalists (ENG, 2018)

Estonian Legal Guide for Journalists (RUS, 2018)


Lithuanian Legal Guide

Lithuanian Legal Guide for Journalists (LT, 2018)

Lithuanian Legal Guide for Journalists (ENG, 2018)

Lithuanian Legal Guide for Journalists (RUS, 2018)

Lithuanian Legal Guide for Journalists (PL, 2018)

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.

News Verification Guide (LAT, 2017)

News Verification Guide (EST, 2017)

News Verification Guide (RUS, 2017)

News Verification Guide (ENG, 2017)

News Verification Guide (SWE, 2017)

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.

Baltic Media Health Check 2019-2020 (ENG)

Baltic Media Health Check 2018-2019 (ENG)

Baltic Media Health Check 2017-2018 (ENG)

Baltic Media Health Check 2015-2016 (ENG)

Baltic Media Health Check 2014-2015 (ENG)

Analysis of the Baltic Media’s Finances and Audiences 2008-2014 (ENG)

Independent Media in Latvia

The list includes independent outlets producing original, informative and analytical content.

Mediju atbalsta platforma, interactive PDF (LAT)

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Latvia is a small country, which makes the exchange of best practices, ideas and new technology tools difficult. That´s why the activities that the Centre for Media Studies kick-starts are so crucial for raising journalistic standards in the entire Baltic region.

— Inga Spriņģe
Journalist, Founder of Re:Baltica