CROATIA. Risks and Opportunities Related to Media and Journalism Studies (2000–2020). Case Study on the National Research and Monitoring Capabilities.



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Croatian media and communication studies have a long history dating from the 1960s in socialist Yugoslavia. The growth and advances of the field started strongly after 2000. The analysis of the Croatian corpus of published research between 2000 and 2020 has identified more than 400 literature sources useful for further research of the ROs domains of Journalism, Legal and ethical domain, Media usage domain, and Media-related competencies domain. The largest corpus is in the Journalism domain, testifying to the origins of the Croatian media and communication discipline, followed by the Legal and ethical domain. Audience research started to be seriously developed after 2011, and the research on Media-related competencies domain was almost nonexistent before 2011. While the number of publications in these two domains is smaller, a higher quality and international character of this research might offset its smaller number. The aim of this case study is to give an overview of published literature and other data sources in Croatia in the four domains that are seen as presenting risks or opportunities for deliberative communication: Legal and ethical domain, Journalism domain, Media usage domain, and Mediarelated competencies domain. The report is based on published studies (national and international) and reports, and provides information on data collections and research methodologies. The report also includes an analysis of research resources: expertise, financing and position of research and data collecting units, with the aim of assessing the quality of research, the institutionalization of the academic discipline(s) necessary for their study, and the resulting national research capabilities to monitor the four domains with respect to the relevant time frame of 2000–2020.