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Journalists and Media Accountability

An International Study of News People in the Digital Age

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Edited By Susanne Fengler, Tobias Eberwein, Gianpietro Mazzoleni and Colin Porlezza

Media accountability is back on the political agenda. Debates about the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World have shown that the need for free and responsible journalism is more pressing than ever. Opinions, however, differ on the measures that need to be taken. Do existing structures of media accountability – such as press councils, codes of ethics, and ombudspersons – suffice, or do we urgently need new instruments and initiatives in today’s converging media world?
These questions were tackled in an international survey of 1,800 journalists in twelve European and two Arab states conducted by the EU-funded research project, «Media Accountability and Transparency in Europe» (MediaAcT). The results provide a solid empirical basis for the discussions taking place. This book advances research on media accountability and transparency, and also offers innovative perspectives for newsrooms, media policy-makers, and journalism educators. Its systematic comparative design makes it an unprecedented venture in international journalism studies.
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Salvador Alsius, PhD, professor at the Communication Department of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, director of the IJIE project (Integrated Journalism in Europe) and of the TRIP project (Transparency and Accountability of Journalistic Information in Spain). Research interests: quality and ethics in journalism, newsrooms convergence. E-mail: salvador.alsius@upf.edu

Olivier Baisnée, PhD, associate professor of political science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse. Research interests: sociology of journalism, political communication, media political economy. E-mail: olivier.baisnee@sciencespo-toulouse.fr

Klaus Bichler, MMag., researcher at Medienhaus Wien, lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University of Krems. Research interests: journalism research, media ethics, web 2.0, literature and media. E-mail: klaus.bichler@mhw.at

Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska, PhD, professor for political science and communication and chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Institute of Political Science, University of Wroclaw, founder and president of the Polish Communication Association. Research interests: political communication, media systems in Central and Eastern Europe, journalism studies, theory of communication. E-mail: dobek@uni.wroc.pl

Tobias Eberwein, PhD, visiting professor at the Institute of Journalism and acting academic director of the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, TU Dortmund University, scientific coordinator of the MediaAcT project. Research interests: print and online journalism, media ethics and accountability, methods of communication and media research, comparative media studies. E-mail: tobias.eberwein@udo.edu ← 298 | 299 →

Huub Evers, PhD, freelance media ethics expert, former professor of media, ethics and diversity at Fontys University of Applied...

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