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On Media Monitoring

The Media and Their Contribution to Democracy


Josef Trappel and Werner A Meier

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.
Contents: Lee B. Becker/Tudor Vlad: Evaluating Media Freedom – Karin Deutsch Karlekar: Monitoring and Measuring Press Freedom on a Global Scale: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Freedom House Index – Lucie Hribal: Challenges of Media Monitoring in Transition Countries – Kristina Weissenbach: Evaluating Freedom of the Media in New Democracies – Josef Trappel/Tanja Maniglio: On Media Monitoring - the Media for Democracy Monitor (MDM) – Leen d’Haenens: The Netherlands – Frank Marcinkowski/André Donk: Germany – Tanja Maniglio/Josef Trappel: Switzerland – Joaquim Fidalgo: Portugal – Auksė Balčytienė/Eglė Naprytė: Lithuania – Robert G. Picard: Monitoring Corporate Governance in U.S. and European Media Firms – Torbjörn von Krogh: Media Organisations and Their Accountability to Democracy: Categories and Indicators.