The rise of National Socialism and opinion-leading media in Germany and Austria

The study “ Opinion-leading media as indicators of a democracy at risk: The press and the rise of National Socialism between 1927 and 1932” by Josef Seethaler and Gabriele Melischek looked at shifts in opinion-leading media in Germany and Austria from 1927 to 1932 – at the time when National Socialism rose to prominence. The … Continued

The case for Critical Realism in journalism

The article “ Journalism and Democratic Backsliding: Critical Realism as a Diagnostic and Prescription for Reform” by Michael McDevitt from University of Colorado Boulder proposed Critical Realism (CR) as a framework for conceptualizing contributions of news media to backsliding.  In CR, objective reality is knowable as it is in journalism, but it also posits that … Continued