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.


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. The future of the media largely depends on how much they succeed in regaining the trust of citizens who are overwhelmed with information.

This publication contains standards and values for strengthening professional and credible journalism, as well as free tools for checking sources and information in order to publish reliable media content. In producing this resource, ICS analysed the Code of Journalists of Macedonia, as well as the ethical guidelines contained in domestic, regional and international codes for professional journalism with a focus on dealing with modern manipulative techniques, disinformation, misinformation and malinformation.

In order for this publication to be a useful and localized resource, ICS consulted about 15 editors from traditional and online media, editors in chief of the program service of MTV 1, MTV 2, of the Macedonian Radio First Program and the Media Information Agency (MIA) who specified the needs and challenges faced by their newsrooms.

The publication is available in three languages: Macedonian, Albanian and English.


The guide Rocks of Reliability: Journalist’s Tools for Tackling Disinformation was produced within the project Fact-Based Journalism for Raising Awareness and Countering Disinformation in the Media Space in North Macedonia, which is implemented with the support of the British Embassy Skopje.