The survey which was conducted in June 2015 embraced 50 different media outlets including 11 TV channels, 3 radio stations, 9 print media, 6 news agency and 21 online media.
“Today we have three types of media: offline media which disseminate information through broadcasting or print variant. Second, there are newspapers as Iravunk De Facto, Irates, Golos Armenii, Chorrord Ishkhanutyun the online extensions of which precisely reflect the print contents, and, the last group of media which includes the ones I often refer to as a mixed type. These are mass media which operate as traditional online media outlets,” said Laura Baghdasaryan, Head of the Region Research Center.
The survey revealed there is a confusion of terms to define mixed and online media. “We have asked all the online media studied to mention the type of their media. And the top three terms were internet website, electronic media and information platform,” said Baghdasaryan who suggested referring to online media as Hetq Online, Aravot Online, etc.
“Only forty out of the fifty media outlets replied to our questions about how many journalists work to cover international topics, if they have contracts with foreign mass media, or if they have accredited journalists in foreign countries. The others refused to publicize this information because they consider it corporate,” Baghdasaryan said.
The survey shows 1/3 of media have journalists in foreign countries, namely Georgia, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria, and sometimes Germany.
23 percent of the media studied cooperates with foreign media to present international news.
Baghdasaryan said the Armenian media quite intensively cover international topics and ensure a high efficiency for these topics, particularly news.am, 1in am and Armenpress.
“On certain days the number of international news amounted to 160 per one media. The Armenian media mainly present news in the international section. And one of the sections comprises news related to Armenia,” Baghdasaryan said.
The main source for international topics is foreign media (57%), with only 20% being their own materials.
“There are materials which are represented as own without any reference though they are obviously taken from other sources. The local media usually uses Russian, British, American mass media. The television and radio use Russian news sources a little more. And the countries covered most are Russia, USA, Turkey and Azerbaijan,” Baghdasaryan said.