REPORT: Media and democracy in sub-Saharan Africa

Democracy and press freedom have been natural companions, but the relationship between the two has been closely entwined in sub-Saharan Africa, write Herman Wasserman,  and Nicholas Benequista, both of Centre for Film and Media Studies (CIMA), University of Cape Town.  The report sheds light on how the struggle for vibrant, independent, and plural media systems in … Continued


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ARTICLE: The hybridity in journalistic cultures

Most comparative research on media systems and journalistic cultures has focused on advanced democracies only. In a new study, researchers analyzed journalistic role performance doing a content analysis for a total of 34 514 print news articles. The study included 19 countries located in Western and Eastern Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia. Researchers analyzed … Continued


Data exchange in news apps – Aske Kammer interview

VIDEO: With whom do news apps share their data with?

Aske Kammer, Assistant Professor at IT University Copenhagen, told us about his research paper presented at NordMedia 2017. Kammer has investigated news applications for smartphones, and how data is exchanged between the apps and third-party actors, such as Facebook and Google. Preliminary findings show that news apps have many third-party actors who they exchange data … Continued



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ARTICLE: Different types of government support could help foster diversity in South African media

There should be more constructive debate about media diversity in South Africa, Julia Plessing of the University of Johannesburg, argues. She studied different types of print media regulation and support in Scandinavia, Latin America and West Africa, and examines these in the South African context. There is a tension between ensuring press freedom by state … Continued



ARTICLE: Media freedom and responsibility in South Korea

With political power shifting first from the military to civilian government, and from conservative to progressive parties, and then from progressive parties to conservative parties, the consolidation of South Korea’s democratic political culture continues, write Qian Gong, of University of Leicester, and Gary Rawnsley, of Aberystwyth University. The article explores the perceptions of media freedom and responsibility … Continued


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CFP | 31.03. | Media management and education in time of disruption

An IMMAA (International Media Management Academic Association) conference is calling for paper and panel proposals. The event is entitled “Media Sustainability, Value Creation and Public Policies” and it will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on the 11th and 12th of September 2017. The conference accepts various contributions, but its focus is on media management … Continued


ARTICLE: Codes of ethics not adapted to the rise of sponsored content

The current codes of ethics do not address sponsored content sufficiently, a new study states. The article by Pasi Ikonen and Vilma Luoma-aho of the University of Jyväskylä and Shannon A. Bowen of the University of South Carolina studied ethical guidelines from journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising. Sponsored content has gained popularity in the … Continued


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CFP: How will future media be produced and regulated?

A workshop entitled “The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era” is looking for paper proposals. The workshop is arranged by two ECREA sections, “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production”. The event will take place in Norwich, United Kingdom, on the 15th and 16th of September 2017. … Continued