Online Training Tool on Media Accountability and Transparency

Training Manual

The MediaAcT consortium developed an Online Training Tool to encourage journalism educators to teach courses on media accountability, and to enable students across Europe and beyond to interactive online studies of our subject.

The Online Training Tool contains a full seminar of 14 presentations (see below) on media accountability and transparancy in Europe and the Arab world (including Q&A, further reading assingments, and multimedia elements) as well as a glossary with the most important key terms and a broad sample of national case studies to compare ethical problems and dilemmas from an international perspective.

The Online Training Tool is defined as a collection of material, which can be used individually by teachers and scholars. We recommend to use our books "Mapping Media Accountability" (2011) and "Journalists and Media Accountability" (2013) along with this material presented on our website for details, background and in-depth analysis.

Session No.1: Introduction - Basic Concepts and Theoretical Foundations of Media Accountability

The first session "Introduction" provides a broad overview about the most important definitions, concepts and models of media accountability and transparancy and furthermore points out the political and scientific relevance of these topics in a changing media environment.

Session No. 1

Session No. 2: Ethical Challenges in Journalism and Media Accountability - Recent Cases

The second session "Recent Cases" deals with several media ethical problems and dilemmas from countries in Europe and refers to key issues in journalism like freedom of expression, freedom of information, copyright, protecting sources and conflict of interest.

Session No. 2

Session No. 3: Back to the Future - From the State of the Art to New Theoretical Concepts in Media Accountability Research

The third session "Back to the Future" contains an overview about the theoretical framework of the research on media accountability. Furthermore it shows the developments from the state of the art to new theoretical concepts in media accountability research.

Session No. 3

Session No. 4: Theoretical Perspectives - Systemic and Comparative Approach of the Media, Field Theory

The fourth session "Theoretical Perspectives" provides a broad overview about systemic and comparative approach of the media and furthermore presents the Bourdieu’s Field Theory as a theoretical framework to analyze Media Accountability.

Session No. 4

Session No. 5: MAI on the Professional Level (Part 1) - Press Councils, Ombudsmen and Letters to the Editors

The fifth session "MAI on the Professional Level" presents a sample of Media Accountability Instruments on the professional level like Press Councils, ombudsmen and letters to the editor. Furthermore the session explains the instrument's characteristics and gives examples for their use.

Session No. 5

Session No. 6: MAI on the Professional Level (Part 2) - Codes of Ethics

The sixth session "MAI on the Professional Level" presents more Media Accountability Instruments on the professional level and focuses on Codes of Ethics in Europe and beyond.

Session No. 6

Session No. 7: MAI on the Organizational Level (Part 1) - Theory

The seventh session "MAI on the Organizational Level " provides a broad overview of several Media Accountability Instruments on the organizational level, focuses on the theoretical framework and presents definitions of different stakeholders of accountability.

Session No. 7

Session No. 8: MAI on the Organizational Level (Part 2) - Practices

The eighth session "MAI on the Organizational Level " provides a broad overview of several Media Accountability Instruments on the organizational level and focuses on practical examples of newsroom instruments in many European countries.

Session No. 8

Session No. 9: Online and Participative MAI (Part 1)

The ninth session "Online Media Accountability Instruments - Within the Newsroom" deals with many examples of online and participative Media Accountability Instruments, concentrates on MAIS inside the newsroom and presents most striking results from different MediaAcT reports.

Session No. 9

Session No. 10: Online and Participative MAI (Part 2)

The tenth session "Online Media Accountability Instruments - Beyond the Newsroom" deals with many examples of online and participative Media Accountability Instruments, focuses on MAIs outside the newsroom and presents most striking results from different MediaAcT reports.

Session No. 10

Session No. 11: Media Accountability in Northern Europe and the Anglo-American World

The eleventh session "Media Accountability in Northern Europe and the Anglo-American World" provides an analysis of the cultures of Media Accountability based on the concept of Hallin and Mancini with a focus on Northern Europe and the Anglo-American World.

Session No. 11

Session No. 12: Media Accountability in Southern and Central/Eastern Europe

The twelfth session "Media Accountability in Southern and Central/Eastern Europe" provides an analysis of the cultures of Media Accountability based on the concept of Hallin and Mancini with a focus on Southern and Central/Eastern Europe.

Session No. 12

Session No. 13: Media Accountability in Authoritarian and Transitional Systems - The Cases of Jordan and Tunisia

The thirteenth session "Media Accountability in Authoritarian and Transitional Systems " focuses on Media Accountability and Transperency in the Arab World and concentrates on the countries of Jordan and Tunisia to compare the developments after the uprising with Europe.

Session No. 13

Session No. 14: Last Assignment

The fourteenth session "Last Assignment" focuses on the ethical dilemmas presented in the second session with the background of session No. 3 to No. 13 and makes suggestions to create national case studies about problems of Media Accountability and Transparency.

Session No. 14

Glossary and case studies

Find the glossary with the most important key terms here.

Find national case studies on media ethical problems and dilemmas here.

About MediaAcT

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

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Funded by the EC

Project funded under the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanties

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