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Democracy and Media in Central and Eastern Europe 25 Years On


Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska and Michał Głowacki

This book is a collective effort of scholars who elaborate on democracy, civil society and media-political relations in Central and Eastern Europe. The authors look at both theories and practices of media systems and democracy. They indicate problems, risks, challenges related to political transformations, the public sphere, journalism culture and media freedom. All of this while bearing in mind the growing role of new media, civic engagement in the online space as well as societal changes that Central and Eastern European democracies are going through in the second decade of the 21st Century. This book is a helpful companion to media and communication scholars as well as students of journalism and political science, media practitioners and policy makers in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.

«A well-documented book on the mass media in a little explored area: Central Eastern Europe. Four models of media and politics are presented opening the floor for a wider scholarly debate.» (Paolo Mancini, Università di Perugia, Italy)
«This volume meets the continuing need to make sense of the changing worlds of journalism, journalists, and media. Each of the ten contributions is a well conceptualized, researched and thought out assessment of the pertinent issues and a springboard for further evaluations and model building. A great addition to the classroom and scholarship.» (Peter Gross, The University of Tennessee, USA)

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Too much buzz about nothing? uses of social media in Czech news production


Václav Štětka & Radim Hladík

Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

Abstract: This chapter contributes to the debate about the impact of social media on the changing patterns of news production. Applying content analysis to a six-month sample of news articles from 2013, this empirical study explores the influence of information on social networks, especially Facebook and Twitter, on the agenda of the main Czech news media outlets (both print and electronic). The chapter addresses following questions: Which topics get covered using social media as news sources? What purpose do the quotes from social networks serve within the overall logic of news stories? Do references to social media reflect their role as sources or their appeal as a topic in its own right? The analysis aims to find out if there are differences between tabloid and quality press in the references to social media content. Finally, the study strives to assess whether the reliance on social media in newsgathering changes the established practices of gatekeeping and opens up new possibilities for actors and civic groups often denied access to traditional mainstream media.

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