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Media accountability - between tradition and innovation

The newest issue (Fall 2012) of scientific journal "Central European Journal of Communication" (CEJC), dedicated to media accountability, has been published recently. Members of MediaAcT consortium participated in preparation of this thematic issue as guest editors (Epp Lauk & Michal Kus) as well as authors of the articles (Susanne Fengler, Harmen Groenhart, Huub Evers & Halliki Harro-Loit).

Susanne Fengler examines potentials of new online forms of media accountability, emerging in the era of dynamic development of media technology as well as their impact on traditional instruments of media self-regulation.

Harmen Groenhart in his article investigates neglected, but very important, field of media accountability research, namely public perception of media accountability.

Article written by Huub Evers concentrates on the role and importance of media ombudsmen, seen as mediators between the news organisations and their audiences, functioning as transparency agents for the public. He uses mainly Netherlands’ example.

Halliki Harro-Loit (with Juhan Lang and Marju Himma-Kadakas) analyse in their article the potential of journalists’ blogs as means of journalistic accountability, on the basis of in-depth interviews with Estonian media professionals.

Additionally, this issue of CEJC includes interview with other member of MediaAcT team, Stephan Russ-Mohl, also dedicated to media accountability and transparency issues.

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Table of contents:

- Editors` Introduction: Media Accountability Between Tradition and Innovation (Epp Lauk and Michal Kus)


- From Media Self-regulation to “Crowd-criticism”: Media Accountability in the Digital Age (Susanne Fengler)


- Users` Perception of Media Accountability (Harmen Groenhart)


- Changing Political Attitudes towards Media Accountability in Sweden (Torbjorn von Krogh)


- The News Ombudsman: Lightning Rod or Watchdog? (Huub Evers)


- Assessing Potentials of Journalists` Blogs as an instrument of Media Accountability in Europe (Halliki Harro-Loit, Juhan Lang and Marju Himma-Kadakas)


- Ukrainian Journalists` Perceptions of Unethical Practices: Codes and Everyday Ethics (Anastasia Grynko)


- Radio Ombudsman Services of Brazilian Public Radio (EBC) as Media Accountability Instruments (Fernando Oliveira Paulino, Laurindo Leal Filho and Luiz Martins da Silva)


- Media Accountability and Transparency: Interview with Stephan Russ-Mohl


"Central European Journal of Communication" - the official Journal of the Polish

Communication Association is published twice a year. You find more information about the

publication here.


Text: Michal Kus; Photo: PCA

MediaAct News – October 31, 2012

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