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ARTICLE: Transnational networks and investigations as drivers of Europeanisation

Journalists and media organizations increasingly engage in cross-border investigations. Annett Heft and Barbara Pfetsch, of Freie Universität Berlin, and Brigitte Alfter (authors not in original order) studied how transnational networks of journalists are created and what impact does collaboration have on the Europeanisation of coverage by national media. Europeanisation is a process through which the … Continued


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ARTICLE: Being a liberal journalist in contemporary Russia

It is problematic to apply Western-centric media system theories to contemporary neo-authoritarian Russia, in light of mechanisms used by the state to control the media and the country’s overall development, a new study finds. Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova, of the University of Chester, studied the conditions of liberal journalists in the country. The author conducted a semi-ethnographic … Continued


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REPORT: Blame for disinformation falls upon mainstream media

Were it not for the logic of mainstream media, disinformation spreading and media manipulating “far right” groups would have remained in the margins, Alice Marwick and Rebecca Lewis, both of Data & Society Research Institute, write. A recent report by the Institute reviews the online world of “conspiracy theorists, techno-libertarians, white nationalists, Men’s Rights advocates, … Continued


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ARTICLE: Media policies should better support journalists’ autonomy

An article by Epp Lauk, of University of Jyväskylä (Finland), and Halliki Harro-Loit, of University of Tartu (Estonia), examines journalistic cultures and professional autonomy in Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain. Their analysis stems from the MEDIADEM study of 14 European countries. European media policies have for a long time … Continued


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ARTICLE: Quality of Romanian journalism suffers from poor working conditions

The working conditions of Romanian journalists reflect poorly on the quality of their work, Ioana Avădani, of Center for Independent Journalism, writes. Avădani’s recent article reviews Romanian journalists’ working environment with regards to payment and contract models. The end of the Communist regime liberated the Romanian media sector, but the positive trajectory has been curbed … Continued




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ARTICLE: Public service news are more diverse than commercial

News published online by public service broadcasters provide more diversity than news published by other types of news organisations, Edda Humprecht and Frank Esser, both of University of Zurich, write. The authors analysed 1 660 political news articles, published by 48 news organisations in six countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. … Continued