March 13, 2012
The reputation of British journalism is at rock bottom, and still the Leveson Inquiry is uncovering new allegations of abuses by the national press. How do we move to a system that regulates the media effectively, but doesn't give control to the State? How can the public hold an independent media to account - and how does the internet change the picture? MediaAcT supports the debate "Hacked to Bits: Rebuilding Public Trust in Journalism After Phone Hacking" on 16 March 2012 in the city of Bristol, UK.
January 26, 2012
Digitization of media and the resulting convergence of print, broadcasting and telecommunications have altered the media landscape significantly. The traditional mass media is thus confronted with a variety of new online competitors like social media sites or other user generated content. Under the headline "Media Accountability - Potentials and Pitfalls in the Era of Web 2.0" journalists, academics and media experts will discuss these developements in a public conference in the city of Lugano, Switzerland, on January 27/28, 2012.
August 30, 2011
A government-appointed inquiry team under the Lord Justice Leveson is to spend at least one year looking into UK press ethics and regulation following scandalous revelations about illicit phone hacking by journalists at the News of the World. The affair has been kept in the spotlight by investigative journalist Nick Davies and his colleagues at The Guardian. To date 11 people, including News International executives, journalists and their associates have been arrested as part of a criminal investigation into the scandal.
August 23, 2011
In addition to the publication of MediaAcT's national reports concerning innovative forms of media accountability, the research consortium conducted several online interviews with media experts and practitioners. Some excerpts from these interviews are now available on the MediaAcT website. Daniel C. Hallin, Paolo Mancini and Ognian Zlatev talked about the role of the Internet as a tool for supporting accountability and transparency in contemporary media structures at the last MediaAcT workshop in Wroclaw, Poland.