Novi Sad School of Journalism (NSSJ) is a civil society organization dedicated to the development and professionalization of the media scene in Serbia and the region. NSSJ values truth, knowledge and critical approach in a multilingual, multicultural and multinational environment and fosters a balanced and tolerant dialogue.
The Novi Sad School of Journalism was established in 1996 but has been operating as a non-governmental organization since 1998. Although we no longer organize formal journalism courses, the organization has kept the term school in its name because we still contribute to the education of citizens through our project activities.
The aims of the organization are:
– Improving and strengthening the media sphere,
– Improving the development of media and information literacy,
– Encouraging multiculturalism and tolerance.
Our project activities are aimed at: raising professional capacities in the media sector, monitoring and analyzing media content, educating different target groups about media literacy, as well as public advocacy that contributes to the democratization and development of civil society and the promotion of European values.
Target group of our activities are mostly journalists and media workers, teachers, pupils, students, youth, activists, experts and citizens of Serbia.
Since its founding, the NSSJ has been carrying out different types of educational activities in the field of journalism and Media Literacy. We were among the first organizations in Serbia which began implementing the Media Literacy seminar for teachers, accredited by the Institute for Advancement of Education and Upbringing, Republic of Serbia. This program aims to educate teachers to apply mass media content in the classroom and within extracurricular activities, as well as to advance their skills of critical analysis of media content.
NSSJ has many years of experience in quantitative-qualitative media content monitoring and media research. Results of these researches are published in electronic or printed publications available to be read on our website.
In 2017 NSSJ launched a new platform FakeNews Tragač (FakeNews Tracer) which is dedicated to deconstruction of fake and manipulative information in Serbian media. It’s texts and analysis could be read on the website www.fakenews.rs.
Since 2001, the Novi Sad School of Journalism has been awarding an annual award to the best young journalist in Serbia. The annual award has been named Marina Kovačev since 2018 in memory of our colleague Marina Kovačev, a prominent young journalist and activist.
Novi Sad School of Journalism is also registered as association for young people within the Ministry of youth of Republic of Serbia.
NSSJ is one of the founders and a member of The South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM) – a network of 19 media centers and institutes across 13 countries of Central and South Eastern Europe.
In 2013 the NSSJ won the ERSTE Foundation special jury award for Social Integration for a project entitled ‘A Day in your Shoes’ focused on media reporting for and about people with disabilities.
MISION & VISION
The mission of NSSJ is the development of media literacy and professionalization of media sphere in Serbia.
The vision of NSSJ is to contribute to the development of democratic society in Serbia and the region through improvement of media literacy, analysis of disinformation and professionalization of the media.