March 02, 2011

Preparations for the MediaAcT field study

During the coming months, MediaAcT will focus on the realization of the project's central empirical work package: a survey among journalists in the 13 partner countries. In February, all MediaAcT partners gathered in Wroclaw, Poland, to discuss the methodological design of this field study. The four-day workshop was hosted by the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Wroclaw. The Polish team, under the direction of Boguslawa Dobek-Ostrowska, provided a perfect setting for the meeting.

February 11, 2011

Four British newspapers withdraw from the regulatory system

The British media group Northern and Shell (N&S) has stopped paying the voluntary fee to the Press Standards Board of Finance (PressBof) and, accordingly, ended its financial support for the system of press self-regulation. As a result, Northern and Shell's newspapers (Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Daily Star Sunday) and its celebrity magazines (such as OK!) have withdrawn from the regulatory system. The voluntary fee finances the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).

February 10, 2011

Conference on journalistic culture opens the MediaAcT workshop in Wroclaw

Significant changes that occur in the contemporary social, political and media structures create real opportunities for renewing the traditional concepts of media systems as well as journalistic culture. Hence, as a part of the empirical workshop organised by the MediaAcT consortium, the Department of Communication and Journalism - Institute of Political Science at the University of Wroclaw invites to the international conference examining the development of journalistic culture in an era of market competition.

February 03, 2011

A small step for Austrian Media Accountability, but not more

The new Austrian Press Council was officially inaugurated in the end of January. Its responsibilities stretch over newspapers and magazines as well as their news websites. Because of ongoing conflicts the old Press Council had been closed in 2001. Even now media experts criticize the structure and the complaint proceedings of the new institution. On the other hand the introduction of ombudspersons is seen as a positive signal. Our MediaAcT experts Daniela Kraus and Klaus Bichler analyze the chances of success of the new institution.

About MediaAcT

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


Funded by the EC

Project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanties


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