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Tobias Eberwein / Susanne Fengler / Epp Lauk / Tanja Leppik-Bork (Hrsg.)
Mapping Media Accountability – in Europe and Beyond
While press councils face tough challenges across Europe, and media reporting has almost vanished from the mass media in many countries in a time of media crisis, new forms of media accountability have emerged in the Internet: readers and viewers twitter about the media’s mistakes, online ombudsmen follow up on e-mail complaints, and journalists blog about their profession. Can such innovative instruments of media criticism effectively supplement conventional institutions of media self-regulation like press councils, ombudsmen, and media journalism?
This volume provides pioneer work in analyzing the development of established and emerging media accountability instruments in Eastern and Western Europe as well as two Arab states – among them France, Great Britain, Germany, Romania, Poland, Jordan, and Tunisia. Media scholars and students, professionals and policy-makers alike will be introduced to the specific problems and perspectives of media accountability in different media systems and journalistic cultures. The status quo of media criticism online across Europe will be a key issue and provide insights into the innovative potential of media accountability in the digital age.
Looked at from a comparative point of view, the reports hint at the formation of different cultures of media accountability within Europe and its adjacent countries. These media accountability cultures partly overlap with the journalism cultures identified in the well-known model by Hallin & Mancini who differentiate between North Atlantic or Liberal, Mediterranean or Polarised Pluralist, and Northern European or Democratic Corporatist media systems. At the same time, the development of media accountability and transparency shows distinctive features incongruent with established models of journalism cultures. Consequently, the book also offers new stimuli for innovations in journalism theory.
AUTOREN / HERAUSGEBER
Tobias Eberwein, Dr. phil., geb. 1978 in Bremen. Studium der Journalistik, Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Politikwissenschaften an der Universität Dortmund. Er war Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Vertretungsprofessor am Institut für Journalistik der TU Dortmund und am Erich-Brost-Institut für internationalen Journalismus. Seit 2014 vertritt er eine Professur für Kommunikationswissenschaft an der TU Dresden. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Print- und Online-Journalismus, Medienethik und Media Accountability sowie komparative Medienforschung. ...
Susanne Fengler, PhD, professor for international journalism at the Institute of Journalism and the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, TU Dortmund University, coordinator of the MediaAcT project. Research interests: international journalism, media self-regulation, economic theory of journalism. Publications: Politikjournalismus. Wiesbaden 2008 (with B. Vestring); Der Journalist als »Homo oeconomicus«. Konstanz 2005 (with S. Russ-Mohl); Medienjournalismus in den USA. Konstanz 2002. ...
Epp Lauk, PhD, professor of journalism at the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Visiting Bonnier Professor at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Stockholm, part-time Senior Researcher at the Institute of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu, Chairperson of the Estonian Press Council (EPC). Research interests: professionalization of journalism and journalism cultures in comparative perspective; journalism history and biographical-historical journalism research; media development in Eastern and Central Europe. Publications: The Burden of Remembering: Recollections and Representations ...
Tanja Leppik-Bork, M.A., M.E.S., research associate at the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism in Dortmund, administrative officer of the MediaAcT project. Research interests: European integration, EU coverage, media accountability. Publications: The Case of Germany. In: AIM Research Consortium (ed.): Understanding the Logic of EU Reporting from Brussels. Bochum 2007, pp. 57 – 76 (with J. Lönnendonker, P. Nitz, O. Hahn & R. Schröder). ...