On Media Monitoring

The Media and Their Contribution to Democracy

by Josef Trappel (Volume editor) Werner A Meier (Volume editor)
©2011 Textbook 306 Pages


This book questions how to monitor the contribution of mass media to democracy, and focuses on the initiatives, achievements and flaws of media monitoring. Moving beyond previous studies which have tended to discuss the legal issues related to media freedom alone, On Media Monitoring takes a broader approach, examining media structure, ownership, policy, economics, company conduct, law and regulation – all important indicators of how well the mass media serve contemporary democracies. Throughout, the book strikes a balance between monitoring initiatives with an academic, governmental, and non-governmental origin.
The book – which includes a new monitoring model, the Media for Democracy Monitor, together with the results of its initial empirical implementation – is intended to further discussion about how to monitor the contribution of the mass media to democracy. It is suitable for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars who teach and research in this area.


ISBN (Hardcover)
monitoring contribution democracy the media
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XII, 306 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Josef Trappel (Volume editor) Werner A Meier (Volume editor)

Josef Trappel is Professor of Media Policy and Media Economics the University of Salzburg, Austria. He conducts research in the fields of media and democracy, media policy, and media economics. Werner A. Meier is the Director of SwissGIS, the Swiss Centre for Studies on the Global Information Society at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His work concentrates on democratic media governance.


Title: On Media Monitoring