Ainars Dimants (@AinarsDimants) is Professor of Communication Theory at Turiba University, Media Institute. Before starting his academic career, he worked as a journalist in several Latvian media companies, including Latvian Television, Diena and Latvijas Avize. He has also been Chairman of the Board of the Media Institute in Riga (Latvia) 2004 – 2012, which he co-founded and was previously a Visiting Professor at Vidzeme University College in Valmiera (Latvia), Head of the Department of Communication Studies at Riga Stradins University and lecturer at the University of Latvia. He is the author of five books on media and journalism. Dr Dimants is a former Chairman of the National Electronic Media Council of Latvia. He is the Director of EJO Latvia (http://lv.ejo-online.eu)
Newspapers in Latvia are struggling. They are increasingly mistrusted by readers, who accuse them of pushing the political views of their owners. Revenues are down as advertisers spend their money on the country’s growing digital media...
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