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.

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 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