Poland – Institute of Political Sciences, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Wroclaw (UWR)

Brief description of the legal entity

The Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Wroclaw is one of the most prestigious in Poland with more than 2000 students. The department of communication and journalism was created in 1997 and is one of 9 departments at the Institute of Political Science. Research activities are concentrated on political communication studies, election media coverage, comparative media systems, media policy and media law, public opinion. The Department is responsible for journalism education and offers many practical workshops. The Department publishes the University of Wroclaw Press series in Communication and Media.

Main tasks/previous experience relevant to those tasks

One of the main tasks of the Polish partner is to elaborate on innovations in MAS tools in Europe beyond the participating countries. As Dobek-Ostrowska’s comparative media research focuses on Eastern Europe she is predestined for that part of the project. To the process of theory building in MediaAcT, she will contribute with her extensive knowledge of media in democratisation processes. The IP has structural capacities and long-standing institutional experiences to conduct the national survey on impact of MAS in Poland.

Short profile of the staff member

Boguslawa Dobek-Ostrowska, PhD, is Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Wroclaw and chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism. She is specialised in political communication and comparative media systems. Among her numerous publications are articles and books dedicated to Polish media system, political communication and election media coverage, the development of media in Central and Eastern Europe, and the professionalisation of journalism in Poland. Dobek-Ostrowska engages in Polish as well as international scientific associations, e.g. as founder and president of the Polish Communication Association or member of the International Communication Association. She is an editor of the official journal of Polish Communication Association - “Central European Journal of Communication”, the Series in Communication and Mass Media published by the University of Wroclaw, and Series in Communication Sciences published by Adam Marszalek Press.

Michał Głowacki holds a PhD in political science from the University of Wrocław in Poland. He has been awarded scholarships by CIRIUS (an agency under the Danish Ministry of Education), the Swedish Institute, and the Research Council of Norway. Since 2008 he has been an associate editor of "Central European Journal of Communication". Most recently he has provided support to the Ad hoc Advisory Group on Public Service Media Governance (MC-S-PG), a group of experts reporting to the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) at the Council of Europe. His research interests are concentrated on media policy and governance.

Michal Kuś has a PhD in Political Science (2010). The thesis was dedicated to political control over audiovisual media in Spain (1975–2008). He collaborates with Department of Communication and Journalism at University of Wroclaw. His research focus on media systems, especially in aspect of media control, ownership and deregulation; relations between media and politics; political communication. His publications deal with role of media in contemporary societies (e.g. Spain: Mass Media and Elections in the Face of Terrorism; co-editor) and media systems (e.g. Spanish Media System). He is a co-founder and Secretary of Executive Committee of Polish Communication Association.

Lucyna Szot is political scientist and lawyer. She holds PhD diploma in political science. She is a lecturer at the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Wrocław (Department of Communication and Journalism). She worked for the local newspaper, and as a freelance human rights consultant specializing in the area of freedom of expression and media. She published analyses of media law and various articles on censorship, freedom of expression, and journalistic professionalism.

Paweł Urbaniak – PhD, a sociologist and philologist. His scientific interests concentrate on social communication, media studies and the study of literature, mainly studies of journalistic genres, the underground press during communist periode, Polish press market. An associate of the Institute of Political Science and the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication, University of Wroclaw. A journalist working for magazines and web portals on the subject of business (e.g. “Outsourcing Magazine”, “Fleet” and portals Money.pl, Bankier.pl), a literary critic collaborating with foremost literary and socio-cultural magazines in Poland (e.g. “Twórczość”, “Nowe Książki”, “Odra”, “Polityka”). The author of about twenty articles on media studies, social communication and the study of literature.

Kamila Majdecka, M.A., is a PhD student at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). She holds a diploma - degree in European Studies at the University of Wrocław in 2009. Her Master Thesis was dedicated to the Debate over the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in the Polish Media. Her research interests include media systems, theory of mass communication, tabloidization, journalism, and the problem of human rights in the European Union. Her current comparative studies are dedicated to election media coverage in two newspapers owned by German company Alex Springer - Polish “Fakt” and German “Bild Zeitung”.

Sylwia Pilarska, M.A , is a PhD student at the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Wroclaw (Poland). She holds a diploma - degree in Political Science (specialization in social communication and journalism) at the University of Wrocław in 2009. Her Master Thesis was dedicated to the political bias of Polish broadsheet newspapers. Her research includes media systems, theory of mass communication, Polish journalistic culture, but mainly she takes an interest in journalistic culture in Poland and the problem of professionalism.

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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