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Information Disorder
1 November 2017 By Claire Wardle
Today, after six months of work, we’re publishing a substantial research report, co-authored by myself and the writer and researcher Hossein Derakhshan, that builds on that earlier thinking.
Commissioned by the Council of Europe, the report lays out a new definitional framework for thinking about information disorder, provides an overview of current responses and summarizes key academic studies on how people consume information, particularly fact-checks and debunks. It ends with thirty-five recommendations, targeted at technology companies, national governments, media organizations, civil society, education ministries and funding bodies.


Media Landscapes: Hungary
27 October 2017
As a result of many foreign investors leaving Hungary and domestic oligarchs purchasing their outlets in recent years, media in Hungary have undergone a large-scale transformation, and the current supply and ownership structure are highly different from those before the 2008 financial and economic crisis.
Hungary’s political and media landscapes have undergone frequent changes over the past one hundred years. The country went through eleven political regimes, and most of the political elites instrumentalised the press and media in an effort to cement their positions by promoting their messages. As a result, media freedom has often been flawed and journalistic autonomy has been lacking. See more in Media Landscapes: Hungary
Media in Third-Wave Democracies
22 September 2017
Where are the third-wave democracies of Southern and Central/Eastern Europe to date, particularly as regards their media systems? And where are they heading for? How does the transfer of media institutions and cultures from more established democracies work in countries historically lacking democratic traditions? What are the lessons of the different levels of political and media democratisation in different countries, put in a comparative perspective? What is the current status of media freedom in third-wave democracies? What are the major media policy challenges in these countries to date?
The Budapest Business School and the Euromedia Research Group organised a joint conference under the title Media in Third-Wave Democracies: Southern and Central/Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective on 15 April 2016 in Budapest in an attempt to answer these questions. This volume is a collection of the talks delivered by various speakers at the conference, as well as of a few chapters studying related issues but unexplored during the event. It offers comparative studies on media regulation, internet use, journalism cultures, as well as seven country case studies from the two regions, including on Greece, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. For more information, contact us.
What Is Journalism Studies Studying?
14 September 2017 By Rasmus K Nielsen
I’m at the 2017 Future of Journalism conference in Cardiff, one of the most important academic journalism studies conferences in the world, with more than 200 participants from Europe, the US, and beyond. Over 150 papers will be presented, many of them will later be published in some of the field’s top journals.
All these papers are work-in-progress, fresh, recent, up-to-date work by a wide range of academics studying journalism from a range of perspectives, from a range of background, from a range of countries.
In combination, they provide a basis for at least a partial answer to the question of what journalism studies is actually studying today. So I did a quick and subjective categorization of all the paper titles by topic.
Are Roboreporters the Future?
26 July 2017
Fear not, journalists: Roboreporters are not coming for your jobs, at least not yet. That’s the takeaway from a new report from Alexander Fanta at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, who took a look at how 15 news agencies in Europe have implemented automation in their organizations. While the news agencies have been drawn to the the efficiencies of the technology, organizations still have a lot of work to do with realizing that promise. Fanta’s conclusion: “So far, automation is limited in its scope and complexity,” as he writes in the report.
Where Do People Get Their News?
14 July 2017
The media industry is unique in its ability to spread information that may influence the democratic process. This influence depends on where and how citizens get their political information. While previous research has examined news production and consumption on specific media platforms - such as newspapers, television, or the Internet - little is known about overall news consumption across platforms. To fill this gap, Patrick Kennedy and Andrea Prat of Columbia Business School use a model of media power and individual-level survey data on news consumption to estimate the potential electoral influence of major news organizations in 18 countries.
The Future of Investigative Journalism
1 June 2017
Despite the dangers and uncertainties, it is an exciting time to be an investigative journalist, thanks to new collaborations and digital tools. These nonprofits are inventing a potent form of massive, cross-border investigative reporting, supported by philanthropy. They are discovering that they are more secure and powerful in their watchdog work when they work together across borders. More about the future of investigative journalism, in this report from Ellen Hume and Susan Abbott.
Media Capture in the Baltics
3 May 2017
Media companies have been experimenting with different strategies to find new sources of funding in the environment of growing digital and financial pressures, and, in the Baltics, this has led them to expand beyond country borders and single media types. The annual snapshot study Baltic Media Health Check finds that, in 2015-2016, the regional giants and fierce rivals, Eesti Meedia and Ekspress Grupp, that both have their roots in newspaper business, have expanded and diversified their operations and now set the tone across all three Baltic states.
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