Projekt EUROFC

Projekt je realizovaný prostredníctvom skupiny ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association), komunity zaoberajúcej sa rozvojom a kvalitou výskumu komunikácie a vyššieho vzdelania v Európe.

ECREA zhromaždila materiály pre vydanie „ECREA BOOK SERIES 2015“, aby tak prispela k štúdiu paneurópskych zahraničných korešpondentov (Pan-European Study of Foreign Correspondents). Táto štúdia mapuje prácu zahraničných korešpondentov v rôznych európskych hlavných mestách, pričom sa zamerala na ich počet, pozadie, úlohy, pracovné podmienky, vzťahy s domácimi štruktúrami a ich úlohu pri vytváraní európskeho imidžu.

Príspevok Školy komunikácie a médií sa zaoberá výskumom zahraničných spravodajcov na Slovensku. Má názov Foreign Correspondents in Slovakia: Economy, Minorities and Sometimes Politics a bol publikovaný v knihe pod názvom Mapping Foreign Correspondence in Europe. Kniha vyšla koncom roku  2014, Routledge 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 a Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN
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Who are the country’s Foreign Correspondents [FC] and who do they work for?

The number and status of FCs based in Slovakia is not very high. As a small and relatively new country, Slovakia initially lacked permanent offices of major news agencies, and even today, its presence on the foreign media landscape is uneven. Until 1998, only two major international news agencies had their correspondents in Slovakia: Reuters and Associated Press. Apart from this, a journalist from the Slovak daily Pravda worked as a stringer for the AFP.Since 1999, most major news agencies (except Chinese) established their permanent offices in Slovakia, as well as two agencies specializing in financial news reporting: Bloomberg and Bridge. It is almost impossible to identify all foreign correspondents reporting from or on Slovakia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Slovakia keeps a list of the officially accredited foreign correspondents in the country. However, as I found out, this list does not cover the majority of journalists actually working as foreign correspondents in Slovakia. The list of accredited foreign journalists includes 13 journalists, with some duplicity for certain agencies, and includes rather bizarre agencies like Agentura DADU (for which we could not find its own webpage). I believe there are some 20 foreign correspondents covering Slovakia. In general, one can conclude that there are two groups of foreign – or better said – international correspondents in Slovakia. The larger group consists of those who are permanently or temporarily based and reside in the country. More than half of them are local journalists (mostly native Slovaks, ethnic Czechs or ethnic Hungarians). Some of these journalists are accredited through the MFA; however, it was virtually impossible to contact them based on the official limited data from the MFA. Then there is a second group of foreign correspondents who report about Slovak issues, but reside in one of the neighbouring countries, with their base being, in most cases, Budapest, or Prague. Be that as it may, it is possible that most correspondents from the above-mentioned subgroup (accredited journalists with MFA) belong to this category as well. This means that it appears the majority of journalists accredited by MFA actually reside abroad.