Peter Maurer, of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) studies how political journalists in France and Germany perceive political influence on their work and how country-specific institutional and cultural frameworks affect political journalism.
A survey among elite of political journalists in Germany and France was conducted. It covered 342 persons in Germany and 393 persons in France. The study proposed an empirical, actor-centric approach to compare the amount of political influence.
The results indicate that French and German journalism is politicized, but in different ways. On one hand, French journalists perceive greater political influence on news content than their German counterparts. On the other hand, French journalists perceived that their political views had less influence on access to information than German journalists.
The article “In the grip of politics? How political journalists in France and Germany perceive political influence on their work” was published by Journalism. It can be found here.
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