About ICS

The Institute of Communication Studies is a leading research organization in the field of journalism and media studies, public relations and corporate communications. Our mission is to contribute towards strengthening of Macedonian democracy by working with media, civil society and public institutions, educating a critical public that will ask for greater transparency and accountability through engagement in the policy creation process.


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UNESCO Chair in Futures and Media and Information Literacy

About the UNESCO Chair

The UNESCO Chair of Futures and Media Information Literacy has been established in 2022 at the Institute of Communication Studies with the aim of increasing media literacy to enhance political and civic engagement. Our research highlights the importance of understanding how media works and the impact of media literacy on active citizenship. Currently, there’s a gap in media literacy within existing educational programs, which can limit professional and public understanding of digital media challenges.

Our Chair aims to level the playing field for everyone, especially those wanting to engage civically or politically. We integrate media literacy with futures literacy, a forward-thinking approach that helps individuals navigate today’s complex digital landscape. Our educational programs are tailored for youth and adults to better understand the media environment, recognize misinformation, and actively participate in society.

ICS published the three-month report on the presence of harmful narratives in public political communication in North Macedonia

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) published the three-month report from the research Determining Political Harmful Narratives (HARM-TIVE) which represents a sublimation of the data from the monitoring of the communication practices of the political actors in which harmful narratives were identified and their broadcasting in the media in the period March-May 2024. The report determines the toxic rhetoric before the presidential and parliamentary elections which took place on 24 April and 8 May respectively, as well as in the post-election period, when the results of the voting were published, i.e. the winners in the two election cycles, and the [...]

Survey: Superficial information from the media and general statements from the institutions

As many as 71% of citizens believe that the media provide only superficial information, while many (39%) think that communication from public institutions is often based on general statements instead of specific arguments. Citizens mostly use the information to keep up with the latest events, make the right decisions in their private lives, and educate themselves, and less for social activism and decision-making on socially important issues.

Determining Harmful Political Narratives: Report for May 2024

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) published the seventh and last one-month report within the research Determining Political Harmful Narratives (HARM-TIVE), which represents a sublimation of the data from the monitoring of the communication practices of the political actors in which harmful narratives are identified and their reporting in the media in May 2024. Regarding the May report it is specific that the monitoring was carried out during the last days of the election campaign for the second round of the presidential elections and for the parliamentary elections that were held concomitantly on 8 May, as well as during the [...]

Gender stereotypes and discrimination in media coverage of women politicians in elections

The gender narrative was significantly underrepresented in the news reports on the presidential and parliamentary elections due to the fact that it was seldom present in the rhetoric of the campaign speakers. The media hardly analysed any topics about the involvement of women in the elections, especially women from ethnic communities, which indicates the low level of awareness of the importance of gender equality issues.

Determining Harmful Political Narratives: Report for April 2024

April notes an increase in harmful content on the websites and on the Facebook pages of political parties and their leaders ‒ from 142 posts in March to 176 posts in April.

ICS published the March 2024 report on the presence of harmful narratives in public political communication in North Macedonia

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) published the fifth report prepared within the research on "Determining Political Harmful Narratives" (ШТЕТ-НА), which is a summary of data obtained from monitoring the communication practices of political actors in which harmful narratives were identified and how they were conveyed via the media outlets March 2024. This is the first report covering one month since the beginning of the monitoring in September 2023, which is done to timely detect harmful narratives propagated by political actors in relation to the pre-election campaign. The ICS emphasizes that the candidates for president of the country are not [...]

Survey: A quarter of the youth spend a worryingly large amount of time on social media; they neither search for nor react to news and their “political voice” is not heard

Survey: A quarter of the youth spend a worryingly large amount of time on social media; they neither search for nor react to news and their "political voice" is not heard

For the majority of young people, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube are the most interesting platforms for keeping up with latest events, and news about education, science and technology are the most attractive to them.

KAIROS included in CEEOL!

This inclusion highlights our commitment to excellence in the fields of media and communications and KAIROS’s quality and its role in advancing scholarly discourse in the field of media and communications.

Determining Political Harmful Narratives: Six-month Report

ИКС го објави шестмесечниот извештај за присуството на штетните наративи во јавната политичка комуникација во Северна Македонија

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) published a six-month report on the research "Determining Political Harmful Narratives" (HARM-TIVE). This report synthesizes data from the past six months, from September 2023 to February 2024, on how political actors communicate and how harmful narratives are disseminated in the media. It consolidates the findings from three bimonthly monitoring reports to track trends in harmful communication practices and assess changes in toxic rhetoric as elections near. The analysis revealed that over a third of all communications from political parties and leaders involved harmful narratives. These often involved unsubstantiated accusations aimed at undermining trust in [...]

ICS published the third report on the presence of harmful narratives in the public political communication in North Macedonia

The frequent criticism from influential political actors (both from the former prime minister and the leader of the opposition) towards the media is worrying, which encourages a climate of distrust towards media workers and violation of freedom of expression.

Let’s talk more about the environment in a time of growing environmental crisis

Да зборуваме повеќе за животната средина во време на растечка еколошка криза

Macedonia is threatened by various pollutants. Air pollution is one of the highest in Europe, a large amount of waste is not being recycled, water quality is deteriorating, there is excessive deforestation, biodiversity is under the threat of extinction, and climate change is affecting food production. In such a growing environmental crisis, public institutions, businesses, civil society organizations, the media and academia should become increasingly accountable for their actions and communicate about the environment. In this way, awareness and understanding of complex environmental issues will be raised, which in turn will strengthen the role of citizens and organizations in the preservation of the environment.

A new generation of young people trained in creating content for digital media

The Master Classes were designed as a series of presentations, exercises, and discussions, to equip participants with the skills needed for the digital era.

A group of journalists learned to use AI techniques for journalistic purposes

Through demonstrations and examples, participants were introduced to the latest achievements in creating multimedia content with the help of artificial intelligence and its vast potential for innovation in digital journalism.

How to prepare for the future and artificial intelligence

Between the two extreme opposing views of artificial intelligence, the utopian one – that it will give people enormous power, and the destructive one – that technological progress will replace people in jobs, the most acceptable position is that artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be ignored, but the use and application of its tools must be careful, supervised, and transparent.

ICS published the second report on the presence of harmful narratives in public political communication in North Macedonia

ICS published the second report on the presence of harmful narratives in public political communication in North Macedonia

Notably, this period saw prevalent accusations aligning parties with either “pro-European” or “anti-European” stances, contributing to polarization

International Symposium “Media Literacy in the Age of AI: Redefining the Possible”

The symposium is centered on the crucial convergence of media and information literacy with the fast-evolving domain of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Master Classes on Media and Journalism in the Digital Age

Повик за Мастер часови за медиуми и новинарство во дигиталното доба

Learn how to create engaging web and social media content, visualize data with infographics, record videos with a mobile phone, but also how to recognize visual manipulations created with artificial intelligence. Level up your skills for the digital information age through the Media and Journalism Master Classes, organized by the Institute of Communication Studies and IREX, within USAID’s Media Literacy Project “YouThink”. The master classes are intended for young people aged 19 to 34, including students, young journalists and those who want to upgrade their digital media skills. They represent a combination of lectures, discussions, exercises and practical work. They […]

ICS Publishes First Report on Determining Harmful Narratives in Public Political Communication in North Macedonia

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) has published the first report within the research "Determining Political Harmful Narratives" (HARM-TIVE). This research aims to provide comprehensive empirical material on how harmful political narratives are created and disseminated in North Macedonia. Therefore, the study analyzes the extent and prevalence of harmful narratives in public political communication among political parties and politicians with the public in the country, as well as the way these narratives are reported in the media. More specifically, the research covers two segments: (1) Monitoring and analysis of the narratives created and shared by political actors in Macedonia through [...]

Оpen institutions ensure accountability before the citizens

Отвореноста на институциите обезбедува отчет пред граѓаните

Institutional transparency has improved over the last years, however the citizens’ perception is negative nevertheless, while public trust in the institutions is low.

Survey: Low trust and discontent among citizens with the transparency and accountability of institutions

Citizens’ trust in institutions ranges from low to moderate, while there is no institution in the country that enjoys high level of trust.

CONFERENCE: Transparency and Accountability: A Perfect Pair for Restoring Confidence in Public Institutions

When citizens feel a closer interaction and connection with the institutions, trust tends to grow.

NO to government campaigns in the media and abuse of the EU flag in the Parliament

“We, the professional journalist associations and civil society organizations from the media sector, categorically oppose the recent attempts to reintroduce state advertising in the media. Our position is based on expert assessments that suggest the proposed changes will harm media pluralism, media independence, and the freedom of journalists and media workers in Macedonia. We believe this decision will further strengthen the corrupt and clientelist culture in the media system, thereby harming the public interest and good governance. At the same time, we express concern about the way in which the parliamentary procedure was abused to adopt amendments to the Law […]

Anti-gender narratives and disinformation widespread in the media

The media have enabled anti-gender narratives to become widespread in the media space, thus contributing to the introduction and dissemination of gendered disinformation during the reporting on the events related to the Draft Law on Gender Equality and the amendments to the Law on Civil Registry.

In Defense of Dignity

In a world filled with increasing awareness and understanding about autism and related neurological conditions, it is deeply disheartening and concerning to come across remarks that not only showcase ignorance but also perpetuate harmful stereotypes.

A pathway to civic engagement through media literacy – Trainer’s Guide

The rapid development of digital technologies, as well as the growing use of artificial intelligence for creating media content, the rapid spread of disinformation, the development of citizen journalism, and the ever-increasing reliance on digital media compared to traditional media, increasingly highlight the need for robust media literacy skills across the population.

Sexist hate speech against young girls is spreading through comments on news reports

Sexist hate speech against young girls is spread through comments on news reports on social media, which are fertile ground for the development of gender-based malicious and disturbing content. Such content is usually created in response to the news reports, so the role of the media and their reporting is significant for their prevention, and especially the regulation of comments on news reports on social media.

84 Students Prepared Campaigns to Promote World Cleanup Day

A group of 84 students from different countries embarked on a mission to raise awareness and mobilize people for World Cleanup Day. Students prepared campaigns for social marketing, advocacy and communication within the Environmental Communication Programme’s 24-hour hackathon.

Bridging Borders: Collaborative Efforts on Shared Regional Issues

Waste dump hazards, EU integration, drinking water and food quality, and the spreading of disinformation about these and many other issues—these shared concerns transcend borders.

ICS launches new resource for journalists to tackle disinformation

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) published the guide Rocks of Reliability: Journalist’s Tools for Tackling Disinformation which aims to help journalists, editors and media workers tackle more easily the inevitable surge of disinformation, misinformation, malinformation and other manipulative techniques.

Skopje Pride Attacks Continue Each Year

Digital rights violations spiked during this period, with the online discourse often crossing the line from debate into hate speech and incitement to violence​​.

Presentation of the model for active citizenry through media literacy (ICME Project)

ICS organized a meeting with several high school professors from Skopje, and representatives of IREX, Youth Educational Forum, and the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, who provided their feedback on the Macedonian model for promoting active citizenry through media literacy developed by ICS within the Inclusive and Creative Media Education (ICME) project.

Promotion of the Glossary of Media Literacy

This lexicographic edition is the first serious effort for systematisation of the terms appearing in the digital era and the novel ways of communication, media development and the rise of new tools and activities in the online space.

ICS’s documentary awarded at the International Nature and Environmental Protection Film Festival

ICS’s documentary “The Other Side of Tourism” has been awarded at the International  Nature and Environmental Protection Film Festival, one of the largest thematic events related to environmental protection and nature films in Hungary and the region, which was held for the ninth time in Budapest from 19 to 21 May.

ICS is part of a project for raising the awareness of the risks of earthquakes

Citizens are the first to deal with the effects of earthquakes and other natural or man-made disasters, until professional help arrives. Hence, it is extremely important to increase the awareness of citizens in better preparation before the occurrence of these disasters, as well as in dealing with them.

Journalists from Macedonia at the International Press Institute World Congress

Populists and extremist groups use disinformation as a tool to create confusion and uncertainty. However, journalists should actively fight back by researching and exposing the strategies these propagandists are using in the age of algorithms and artificial intelligence.

Call for abstracts | KAIROS: Media and Communications Review (Vol. 2, No. 2)

Theme of the issue: Media and Information Literacy in the Age of AI. ICS invites all interested authors to submit their abstracts under the third open call for abstracts within KAIROS: Media and Communications Review.

Trust and high-quality content to grow your audience

With the rise of digital media and AI, the audience is growing significantly, while the media industry is facing fundamental changes. To succeed, the media must adapt to the needs of their audience, build brand trust, deliver high-quality content and use AI in support of the editorial process.

45 Participants of the Master Classes in Media and Journalism Got a Better Overview of Digital Media Trends

The master classes were a combination of intensive sessions, exercises and discussions with trainers – experienced journalists – and practical team work on creating media products.

It’s time to take transparency seriously

In the era of rapid technological advancements and digitalization, disinformation has emerged as a global threat with far-reaching political consequences. The COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have exposed the dangers of disinformation and its potential to undermine trust in institutions and spread false information with serious consequences.

Media do not Recognise Femicide

The media have a relatively low capacity to recognise femicide, as the most severe form of gender-based violence, i.e., recognise that it is the killing of a woman because she is a woman, with an intention to commit the murder.

A call for the second generation of the Media and Journalism Master Classes

The master classes are a combination of lectures, discussions, exercises and practical work. They will be held during March and April, lasting three days, through presentations and discussions with experienced journalist-trainers, after which the participants, working in teams with mentor support, will create media products.

Reclaiming the digital information space

The director of ICS, Zaneta Trajkoska, opened the event and presented the objectives of the symposium, and emphasized that in today’s media-saturated world, media literacy is a key competence for everyone, so educational programs and initiatives must be inclusive to reach as many people as possible.

International Symposium “Reclaiming the Digital Information Space”

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) and IREX have the honor of inviting you to attend the second annual international symposium, “Reclaiming the Digital Information Space,” organized within the USAID Media Literacy project “YouThink.”

The Environmental Communication Programme started with more than 180 participants

The five courses are designed both theoretical and practical, including collaborative online learning. The participants work interactively on different case studies and prepare team tasks weekly, led by professors who are specialists in the field.

ICS awarded with new UNESCO Chair

We’re pleased to announce that UNESCO has awarded the ICS with the UNESCO Chair in Futures and Media and Information Literacy under the UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs Programme.

Transparency and timely information are one of the remedies for dealing with disinformation

There is no single definition of disinformation in the Macedonian regulations. This leaves a risk that the policies to prevent the spread of disinformation might be actually focused on silencing the critical public and limiting the freedom of speech and the work of journalists. There is a need for a comprehensive strategy for dealing with disinformation, as well as continuous improvement of the existing institutional capacities for prevention and dealing with disinformation. These are some of the preliminary findings from the research carried out by the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) that were presented at the international conference "Opening the [...]

ICS survey: Political parties – main source of disinformation in Macedonia

The prevailing opinion among the Macedonian population is that political parties and the media are the main disinformation propagators. The majority of people believe they can recognize disinformation, but admit that, on occasion, they have shared false information themselves. Their main source of information is television, Facebook and websites, but they have very little trust in the media.

Opening the shutters: Tackling political disinformation with increased institutional transparency

The Conference will present the initial findings of the ICS research on the transparency of the Macedonian government as a basis for preventing disinformation, but also whether there are institutional and human capacities for identifying and dealing with disinformation.

Online lecture: Become Indispensable in Any Organization

ICS and Rome Business School invite you to the free online event “Become Indispensable in Any Organization” with Miroslav Draganov and Valerio Mancini, which will be held on November 30 (Wednesday) from 16:00 to 17:00 (CEST).

Become a pioneer in environmental communication

Are you looking for a career opportunity or research growth, flexible online learning or a free international programme? Enrol in the Оnline Programme on Environmental Communication, which is a new practical discipline that integrates natural resources management and communication and journalism techniques.

Call for abstracts for KAIROS: Media and Communications Review (Vol.1 No.2)

ICS invites all interested authors to submit their abstracts under the second open call for abstracts within KAIROS: Media and Communications Review.

How to spot a deep fake, fake photos and misinformation

We live in an era when artificial intelligence is used to create convincing photos, audio and video hoaxes, and the media is often a tool to manipulate the audience.

High school students created context and messages with film montage and photography

When it comes to the art of photography, the message and the viewpoint are expressed through the way in which the photograph’s subject is framed.

Sign up for film literacy workshops

If you are a high school student and you wish to acquire applicable skills for photography or editing, apply for the two workshops at the Youth Film Festival “Giffoni Macedonia”, held from October 5 to 10, in Skopje. 

#UseFacts: ICS’s new project to detect and counteract disinformation

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) is launching a project that will provide support to citizens, journalists and civil society organizations to increase public understanding of the origins, motives and impact of disinformation in society.

Kick-off of the development of the online environmental communication program

22 professors and professionals in environment and communications from Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia, BiH and Albania attended a one-week workshop in Zagreb, where they joined their knowledge and experience in the creation of curricula for five courses and a final hackathon.

Stories and analyzes about people and events from our environment following the master classes in media and journalism

Stories about people who encourage and inspire, about the culture of living and forgotten places, as well as analyzes of relevant social topics. These are some of the final media products created by the 60 participants of the first generation of master classes in media and journalism “Prepare yourself for the digital age”.

Four high school students will intern in media outlets, following the journalism sprints held in the schools

Four secondary school students will attend a one-month internship at MTV, TV 24, PlusInfo and SDK.mk, where they will learn more about news production and how is it like to work in a newsroom, under the mentorship of experienced journalists.

Spreading misinformation leads to hate speech

The satirical portal Kooperacija.mk recently published a satirical article that included a made-up statement by Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski, titled “We unfroze the prices because the citizens couldn’t entirely spend their increased salaries.”

First steps towards mainstreaming environmental communication

Communicating important environmental issues and aspects should be the first step towards improving and protecting nature. Very often, complex and time-consuming processes, changes and phenomena in nature require a simple approach to communication in which news and novelty will be conveyed without the original idea being lost.

Reporting Sprint: A Dynamic Practice for Secondary School Students in the Media

The reporting sprinting is a dynamic practice for secondary school students in the media in which they will acquire media production skills and create and promote content that reflects the interests of young people.

Workshop held on gender reporting in Macedonia

The media in Macedonia should better perform their role as guardians of the public interest, to report objectively and impartially, especially when it comes to gender issues and protection of the rights of marginalized communities.

Master classes in media and journalism “Get ready for the digital age”

The free master classes are a combination of training with physical presence and apprentice work and will be implemented during the months of May and June.

Public inspection of data on potential pollutants and environmental inspection reports

Citizens are granted free access to data regarding potential polluters that are under inspection and publicly inspected in the inspection reports of the State Environmental Inspectorate (SEI).

Greater transparency, but also setbacks in granting concessions for goods of common interest

Transparent reporting, but also setbacks of the procedures for granting concessions for goods of common interest. This is provided by the Law on Concessions of Goods of General Interest, proposed by the Ministry of Economy, after the process of public consultation, involving the Institute of Communication Studies and the civil society organizations Green Institute, Zdrava kotlina (Healthy Valley), and Front 21/42, within the “Clear it Up” campaign.

Water-use permits open for public scrutiny and standardized monitoring for water quality and quantity

This is made possible by the digital platform that supports the Water Ledger – a water management database – and the Methodology for Monitoring of Water, which were developed within the “Clear it Up” campaign, for the needs of the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP).

Improving qualitative information from inspection services

The Inspection Council will amend the rulebook for preparation of the reports of the inspection services in order to improve qualitative information.

Improvements to the new Water Law would warrant complete water protection

The draft Law on Water opens up greater opportunities for the protection of water resources after the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning (MoEPP) involved civil society organizations and experts from the “Clear it Up” Alliance in the earliest stage of drafting the law. However, the “Clear it Up” Alliance believes that the proposed legal amendments are not enough and there are still shortcomings in terms of full regulation of water use and storage.

ICS launches regional project to popularize environmental communication

Environmental communication is essential to understand the complex environmental challenges and to strengthen the role of individuals and organizations in environmental management.

First ICS and IREX Symposium on Media Literacy in Higher Education

The complexity of media literacy and the various approaches in its implementation within the education were the main topics of the two-day international symposium organized by the Institute for Communication Studies (ICS) and IREX “Keeping up the pace: media literacy education in an acceleration age”, which took place on 3 and 4 February 2022 as part of the USAID’s Media Literacy Project YouThink. The online event was attended by world-renowned media literacy persons of authority, such as American professors – Renee Hobbs and Paul Mihailidis, but also well-known individuals from Europe and the Western Balkans who empirically confirmed that the […]

Youth for nature

Can the creativity of our youth change our environment, can the youth be the creators of the world they want to grow in?

The draft-law on environmental inspection should be improved via amendments made by Parliament

A consistent solution for coordination of state and local inspectors, functional supervision by the State Environmental Inspectorate (SEI) on local inspectors, a more substantial process of planning inspections, availability of inspectors after working hours and on weekends, equipping inspectors and strengthening of transparency. These are some of the proposed amendments to the Draft Law on Environmental Inspection, which is in parliamentary procedure. The proposed amendments were submitted to Parliament today by 35 civil society organizations, higher education institutions and experts, members of the Civic Inspection Council (CIS) and the Advocacy and Lobbying Alliance “Clear it Up,”. Amendment proposers have requested […]

International Higher Education Symposium organized by the Institute of Communication Studies and IREX “Keeping Up the Pace: Media Literacy Education in an Accelerating Age”

In previous decades, media literacy and media education mostly emphasized critical thinking, the need to understand how information is created and how media outlets are organized. But, with the development of technology and social media platforms, the patterns of both media creation and media consumption have been muddled.

CSOs, professors and experts present the 2030 environmental goals and priorities

Reducing air pollution, establishing an integrated waste management system and rigorous control of the industry, improving water quality, protecting forests and biodiversity, creating sustainable food production systems and taking greater climate action. These are some of the 2030 environmental objectives and priorities that representatives of civil society organizations, professors and experts from the “Clear it Up” Alliance conveyed today to President Stevo Pendarovski at a public discussion concerning the drafting of the Development Framework #MKD2030. According to them, the priority areas that require intensified actions are climate change, circular economy, air quality, waste and water management, industrial pollution, soil and […]

Call for consultants under USAID’s media literacy project YouThink

USAID’s media literacy project YouThink is recruiting for consultant positions with experience in media literacy and critical thinking, education, journalism, training design, fact-checking, communications, and/or related fields to become Resource Development Consultants.

ICS and IREX announce: International Symposium on Critical Thinking and Media Literacy

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the International Symposium on Critical Thinking and Media Literacy, to be held on February 03 – 04, 2022, online via Zoom.

Public announcement in regards to the video with the scout

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) informs the public that the video with the scout Petar Achkoski is the property of the Institute.

CSOs trained in biodiversity advocacy campaigning

Training facilitators Lukasz Bochenek and Luts Meyer of “Leidar” – international advocacy company – passed on their knowledge and discussed with the participants on how to engage all actors in society, particularly the youth, to influence the government.

Digital Monitoring Platform of the National Hydrometeorological Service for Surface-Water Quality

Public inspection and regular monitoring of the quality and pollution of rivers in Macedonia is enabled by the digital monitoring platform of the National Hydrometeorological Service (NHMS), which was developed as part of the “Clear it Up” campaign and which was publicly presented today.

Hate speech in the Western Balkans: September Monthly Highlights

Throughout the month of September, the RDN monitoring team has detected a range of hateful narratives and discourse. During this month there has been a rise in hate speech including ethnic discrimination and xenophobia towards various ethnic communities as well as instances of homophobia and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric across all six Western Balkan states.

Enroll at our Master’s Programme

Илустрација со текст: „Истражувај, комуниицирај, студирај“. „Магистерски студии по менаџирање на стратегиски комуникации.“

The programmes are in line with the global trends in communications and they will provide you with knowledge on ways to create and implement communication strategies, communicate in crises, conduct marketing and brand campaigns and create content tailored to digital platforms.

The new Law on Mineral Resources should provide maximum protection of the environment

The procedures for granting concessions for exploiting mineral resources are insufficiently transparent for the inhabitants of the local communities, the excavation of sand and gravel from rivers and lakes is allowed only for business purposes, and the treatment of tailings dams as places that are potentially the most dangerous in mining complexes is not sufficiently regulated.

Deficiency of measuring equipment and qualified staff for hydrological monitoring of lakes and rivers

The shortage of human resources and basic measuring instruments is the main reason for the underdeveloped hydrological monitoring of natural lakes, rivers and reservoirs in Macedonia.

Environmental inspections to improve accountability to citizens

State inspectorates with environmental competencies merely adhere to the prescribed legal minimum for informing the public and do not provide sufficiently substantial information about their work and the complaints submitted by citizens. They do not make public presentations of the semi-annual reports on the achieved results every six months. This is shown by the assessment of transparency and accountability of environmental inspectorates made by CED Florozon, in collaboration with the Institute of Communication Studies as part of the “Clear it Up” campaign. The assessment refers to the State Inspectorate of Environment (SEI), the State Inspectorate for Forestry and Hunting (SIFH), […]

ICS partners with Rome Business School

ICS is delighted to announce a new partnership with Rome Business School (RBS), one of the world’s leading business education institutions. The partnership will support ICS’s ambitious international strategy to provide world-class education and professional opportunities to its students and staff.

A series of remarks on the draft Law on Inspection Supervision in the Environment

The Civil Inspection Council (GIS) identified a number of remarks on the Draft Law on Inspection Supervision in the Environment, which was published by the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, and demands to be involved in a working group for finalization of the draft text of law.

Civic Inspection Council established for effective pollution control

A group comprised of 26 NGOs, CSOs and higher education institutions advocating for environmental protection, in cooperation with the State Environmental Inspectorate (SEI), formed a Civic Inspection Council (CIC). CIC was established in response to the need for more efficient cooperation between SEI and civil society and citizens, as a central institution for control and penalizing pollution and environmental destruction.

Water should be protected from a more far-reaching and long-term perspective, so we don’t lose it

An investment of approximately 1.7 billion euros is needed to treat urban wastewater, which is now discharged directly into rivers, lakes and soils. Water is a resource that is consumed indefinitely, and for years the competent institutions have not had a real insight into the quality and quantity of waters in North Macedonia.

Virtual Conference “Green Agenda for the Western Balkans as an Incentive for Water Protection in North Macedonia”

The acceleration of the pace of economic growth and development was accompanied by environmental degradation in North Macedonia but also in the countries of the region. The economic and investment plan, together with the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, set out the Green Transition Strategy for the countries in the region.

Secondary school students and civil society activists learn how to better advocate for environmental initiatives

Better access to information on water quality in the Prespa Lake, cleaning of small illegal landfills and dumpsites in Struga, solving the problem with construction waste in the Demir Kapija gorge, implementation of good agricultural practices in the Tikvesh and Strumica region and encouraging eco-activism among young people in Bitola are the six initiatives within which the Institute for Communication Studies and a group of civil society organizations will implement a series of activities in the course of this year in order to improve the state of the environment

State Environmental Inspectorate’s Platform for Reporting Pollution Launched

Citizens now have an option to report pollution to the State Environmental Inspectorate via their social media and e-mail or via the Inspectorate’s website, which significantly facilitates the process of quickly obtaining reports, keeping a record of reports and timely response by inspectors.

The Government should allow public inspection of the report on the Ohrid Region to UNESCO

Civil society organizations and higher educational institutions from the Advocacy and Lobbying Alliance “Clear it Up” demand the involvement of the public in the preparation of the report on the status of preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Ohrid Region, which the Government should submit to UNESCO. Today, thirty-one (31) CSOs and higher educational institutions submitted letters to Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Minister of Culture and Chair of the National Commission for UNESCO Irena Stefoska, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning Naser Nuredini, President of the Commission for Managing the World Natural and Cultural Heritage of the […]

The proposed amendments to the Law on Mineral Resources endanger national natural resources

CSOs, higher education institutions and experts oppose the amendments to the Law on Mineral Resources that the Government proposed for adoption at the parliamentary session scheduled for next Monday in summary proceedings, which lack transparency, have had no prior public debate and public involvement. Their reactions state that the proposed legal amendments contain major gaps in terms of protection and sustainable use of mineral resources as the most important natural resources of the state.

Great lack of information and dissatisfaction among citizens regarding water protection and inspection of natural resources

There is a great lack of information and dissatisfaction among the citizens of Macedonia regarding water protection and inspection supervision of the use of natural resources, according to a survey of the Institute of Communication Studies conducted at the end of last year, as part of the advocacy and lobbying campaign “Clear it Up”.

Six grantees selected to address the local environmental issues

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) in partnership with the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) selected the six civil society organizations that in partnership with high schools from the regions that include protected areas (Pelagonia, Ohrid, Strumica, Tikvesh, Demir Kapija and Prespa) will be implementing initiatives for solving the local environmental problems.

Launch of the “Clear it Up” campaign for protection and efficient inspection supervision of natural resources

Water in Macedonia does not receive the necessary protection, it is not used rationally, and not all citizens have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The institutions in charge of this matter do not have the capacity or equipment to implement the Law on Waters and insufficient funds are allocated from the state budget to this end. Other natural resources are also experiencing excessive and uncontrolled use. Concessionaires for extraction of mineral resources do not fulfill their obligations to the state, Macedonian forests are being devastated, and without a law on soils, they are exposed to pollution. The continuous [...]

Marking the Commencement of the Advocacy and Lobbying Campaign “Clear it up”

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) would like to invite you to join us in the initiation of the advocacy and lobbying campaign “Clear it up”. The presentation of the campaign will take place on Thursday (December 17th), at 11:30, via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/95539250268). The Advocacy and Lobbying Alliance will be promoted at the press conference, comprising civil society organizations, faculties and media outlets, as the campaign will be implemented with their support and joint activities. Two policy papers, titled “How to Use and Protect Water” and “Effective Supervision as a Tool against the Excessive Use of Natural Resources” will also […]

Winners of the best blog competition “Do you have a better idea?”

The selection committee announces the winners of the competition for the best blog “Do you have a better idea?” organized by Res Publica and ICS.

Another 19 postgraduates start their master’s studies at ICS

In the Strategic Communications Management master’s programme, the students will also learn how to manage communications between the organization and its audiences, create and implement a digital communications strategy, crisis communications, reputation building and maintenance, and will also learn about the power of public diplomacy and political communications.

Fake News Week has ended

The Fake News Week, organized by the Institute for Communication Studies (ICS) for a third year in a row, is over. From 22 October to 3 November three workshops were held on recognizing fake news, including two webinars for online protection as well online debate on “Do we need a media diet?”

It is necessary to limit the use of digital devices

A habits survey of the social media users carried out by the Institute of Communication Studies showed that about 40% of the population spends between 1 – 3 hours online on those media.

NGO training on environmental advocacy and lobbying

What is the context for environmental advocacy and lobbying, who are the parties in favor or opposing the changes, what affects the public opinion, why facts are important and how to use them in efficient manner.

ICS takes part in the Fazana Media Festival (Croatia)

On Monday, 7 September, untill September 14, 2020, ICS participated at the second annual Fazana Media Festival in Fažana, Croatia.

Call for documentary professionals: plan and conduct a workshop

The Institute of Communication Studies – Skopje is in the search for a team of two trainers to conduct a 5 days’ workshop on creation of nature and environment documentaries.

Call for awarding grants for initiating solutions for local environmental issues

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), in partnership with the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES), is announcing a Call for grants for civil society organizations from regions with protected areas (Ohrid, Prespa, Demir Kapija, Tikvesh, Strumica and Pelagonija) that will offer initiatives for solving local problems related to environmental protection.

Enrollment in the Master’s Studies in Communications and Media

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) is enrolling new students in the Master’s Degree Programmes in Management in Strategic Communications and Media Management. These programmes will enable you to pursue your passion for knowledge and will serve as a solid foundation for advancement in various career paths.

Res Publica announces: “Tales from the region”

During two weeks (June 24 – July 6), we will read how COVID-19 attacked the countries in the region, what measures were taken by their local and national authorities and how the citizens reacted to these measures.

High school students from six regions in the country spoke out on the main environmental issues

Students and their professors discussed environmental protection priorities in their immediate vicinity, how much the formal education teaches about ecology, sustainable development and environmental protection, whether they are involved in extracurricular activities in this area, forms of cooperation between the schools and institutions, local government, civil society organizations, etc.

Enrollment in our Master’s studies has started

The Institute of Communication Studies opened the call for enrollment in the Master’s studies in (1) Management of Strategic Communications and (2) Media Management.

Planet Earth Day

This year, the world marks the 50th anniversary of the Earth Day. Today, we celebrate the miracle called life that (for now) we know it exists only on this blue-green ball that floats in the Universe. The great ecological and natural disasters we are witnessing should be understood as a message that Mother Earth has sent to us all.

High school students and civil society organizations will solve problems for better environmental protection

Six CSOs, along with high school students from six regions in the country, will initiate local solutions to environmental issues. The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) and the Macedonian Ecological Society (MES) will train eco-activists and students from Pelagonija, Ohrid, Strumica, Tikves, Demir Kapija and Prespa for the next two years on how to initiate and present a problem in their region and develop solutions in which the citizens and the institutions will be involved.

Online Environmental Education Library

The Institute of Communication Studies has translated and illustrated seven online materials in Macedonian and Albanian language that serve for education in the field of environment. The online library is intended for teachers and students in primary education, as well as for parents.

Six high school journalism teams selected in the competition “BeMediActive”

The Commission for Selection of Six High School Journalism Teams in the “BeMediActive” Competition (#BeMediActive), organized by the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) and the Delegation of the European Union, has selected the teams that together with their media partners will produce media products.

Scientific posters for high schools about the endangered biodiversity in Macedonia

Ninety high schools in Macedonia received scientific posters on the impact of climate change on the country’s biodiversity, which the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) in collaboration with ZELS developed and distributed as part of the Better Environment campaign “Don’t ignore! React!”

High School Competition “BeMediActive”

The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Northern Macedonia and the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) are inviting high school students in the country to apply for the #BeMediActive) competition and mark together the European Media Literacy Week 2020. High school students should send proposals for making journalistic stories that will be produced in partnership with one of the media in the Republic of Northern Macedonia. Proposed ideas for journalistic stories should contain a clear explanation of a problem facing young people. The idea of the competition is for high school students to acquire new or improve their existing journalistic skills and through media support and journalistic training, to draw public attention and challenge decision makers to solve youth problems.


The UNESCO Chair aims to:

  1. Empower diverse populations, including the youth and marginalized groups, in the complex media landscape.
  2. Support national and international research on media and futures literacy.
  3. Foster global cooperation in futures literacy for fair and inclusive knowledge societies.

Our focus areas include communication rights, digital democracy, media transformations, public engagement, and policy development in media and education. We emphasize futures literacy as a crucial skill for the 21st century, enhancing media and information literacy through a blend of education, research, training, and publishing.

The Chair will focus on

  • Strengthening the component of digital citizenship and literacy for the future within the ICS activities to enable young people and others to adopt and implement the knowledge and skills to deal with the growing influx of information in the media space.
  • Initiating and implementing academic and applied research projects related to media literacy and literacy for the future.
  • Publishing papers, manuals and other educational materials in both fields in order to advance theory and improve the sharing of knowledge and experience between local researchers and experts, media professionals, students and youth.
  • Developing and spreading new media products on topics related to literacy for the future and digital citizenship.
  • Establishing new networks and partnerships between higher education institutions, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, media, foundations and organizations from the public and private sectors.


Partnerships with UNESCO, universities, research institutions, and entrepreneurs will contribute to our impact made through the Chair. The goal of developing futures literacy is to learn to think more creatively, critically, and broadly about the future. The Chair also builds upon and complements UNESCO’s efforts to mitigate the spread and impact of online disinformation in Europe and ensure the protection of European values and democratic systems.

The Chair aims to become a worldwide recognized group for research on futures literacy and how it affects digital citizenship including a rich exchange of researchers with partner universities.