Media journalism - problems and perspectives

"Message" turns 10

High-ranking researchers and journalists have discussed the potentials, problems and perspectives of media journalism in Leipzig, Germany. Susanne Fengler, Tobias Eberwein (Dortmund) and Stephan Ruß-Mohl (Lugano) were part of the panel. At Leipzig, they presented first findings of MediaAcT.

The conference at Leipzig war organised by the German magazine “message” in collaboration with amongst others the Erich Brost Institute and the European Journalism Observatory.

The conference participants said that media journalism should serve as a watchdog. But most of them stated a lack of quality in media journalism. German media journalist Stefan Niggemeier said that a lot of media organizations regard media journalism as a tool of lobbying or public relations. Thomas Leif, reporter of the German public broadcasting organization SWR, argued that there is a lack of in-depth research in media journalism.

Good news came from the United States. Mike Hoyt, editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journalism review said that public interest in media journalism is growing. He told media journalists not to write to complex. In the panel, MediaAcT member Stephan Ruß-Mohl (Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano) talked with Hoyt about the situation of US (media) journalism.

What is MediaAcT? And what are the first results of this European project? Susanne Fengler and Tobias Eberwein from Dortmund University highlighted these points in their presentation. They spoke about European media journalism trends and developments.

About MediaAcT

MediaAcT is a comparative research project on media accountability systems in EU member states as indicators for media pluralism in Europe.

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Project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanties

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