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The Elites of the Media versus the Elites of Politics in Poland


Edited By Zbigniew Oniszczuk, Dagmara Głuszek-Szafraniec and Mirosława Wielopolska-Szymura

This book is the fruit of scientific research conducted using quantitative and qualitative methods regarding the mutual relations between the media elites and the political elites in Poland. The authors of this work focus on several virtuous aspects of this issue: on the characteristic model of opinion-forming journalism, also on the differences presented by female and male journalists in the assessment of the relations between politicians and journalists, as well as on the differences between local and national level of mass media in terms of external and internal autonomy of journalists, next on the importance of opinion-forming media in the process of creating a sense of political subjectivity in their recipients, and finally on the phenomenon of politicization of cultural issues in opinion-forming weeklies in Poland.

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Zbigniew Oniszczuk, PhD – media specialist, associate professor in the Institute of Journalism and Media Communication at the University of Silesia in Katowice since 1981. Author of nearly 80 articles and dissertations on such topics as problems of the functioning of mass media, their relations to political system, media’s contribution to political communication and public relations, changes in media systems in Poland and other countries. Member of the German Communication Association (since 2004). Cofounder of the Polish Communication Association (PTKS) established in 2007, currently acting as vice-president. E-mail address:

Dagmara Głuszek-Szafraniec, PhD, assistant professor in the Institute of Journalism and Media Communication at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Journal Secretary of Political Preferences. Authoress of articles on media systems in the world published in academic periodicals and co-authoress of publications on media coverage of reality. Her areas of interest focus on changes taking place on foreign media markets and concentrate mainly on the Spanish model. For several years, she also has been conducting research on the media in the Basque Country, Catalonia, and Galicia, on their characteristics and specificity. She is a Member of the Polish Communication Association (PCA) and European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). E-mail address:

Mirosława Wielopolska-Szymura, PhD, is a faculty member in the Institute of Journalism and Media Communication at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Her scientific interest is focused on radio studies. She is also interested in intercultural and...

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