Switzerland – Institute for Media and Journalism (USI)

Brief description of the legal entity

In its research and teaching activities, the Institute for Media and Journalism (IMeG) at the Faculty of communication sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, focuses its attention on the contents and mechanisms of the main communication media, old and new (the daily and periodical press, cinema, radio, television, and Internet) and investigates how they relate to the society. IMeG’s applied research particularly ranges over a wide variety of contexts. Thus, the institute analyses the economics of media, different journalism cultures, the historical evolution of media, their creative processes. IMeG also attempts to identify the indicators through which modes of access to and the use of the media may be explained and understood.

Main tasks/previous experience relevant to those tasks

As experts for comparative research, the team from Switzerland lead by Stephan Russ-Mohl will adopt responsibility for the interpretation of comparative data about media accountability systems. Furthermore, the partner will work on the editing of a scientific book publication in this area. The project will benefit from the expert knowledge about media accountability systems and the knowledge about economical contexts. The team from Switzerland has pioneered in promoting pan-European networks for media accountability by creating the Europe-wide website www.ejo.ch. The team has also excellent relationships with universities and researchers in the United States. As journalism cultures are a main research interest of the Institute, the Swiss team will be appointed in working out the differences of the various journalism cultures.

Short profile of the staff member

Stephan Russ-Mohl, PhD, is professor for journalism and media management at the Institute for Media and Journalism, Università della Svizzera italiana. His current research interests include the quality of media and media management, media journalism, economic theory of journalism, and comparative journalism research. Russ-Mohl is an internationally renowned expert for issues of quality in journalism, and has pioneered in setting this topic on the agenda of both media practitioners and communication scholars. He has extensively published in his research areas, and many of his books have become standards for journalism education. In cooperation with the head of the German team, Susanne Fengler, he wrote a book and several national and international articles on the economic theory of journalism, as well as about media journalism and business journalism, corporate communications, and newsroom management. Russ-Mohl also is director of the European Journalism Observatory and coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Communication Sciences.

Colin Porlezza studied communication sciences with a specialization in mass communication and new media at the University of Lugano, Switzerland. At the moment he is research and teaching assistant at the Faculty of communication sciences at the University of Lugano as well as collaborator of the European Journalism Observatory (EJO). He is working on a dissertation project about the “Bridges over the Chinese wall – newsrooms in the focus of economic and journalistic interests”. His research interests are the relationship between journalism, advertising and public relations as well as media economy and quality management in journalism. He is also working as a free lance for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and other German speaking print media.

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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