Austria has a long tradition of community media. It also has a problem with polarization. What role can grassroots media play in tackling the issue and is there a role for deliberative journalism? In the latest Mediadelcom podcast, we talk to two members of the Mediadelcom team in Austria about their research findings and the challenges the media is facing in their country.
Guests: Tobias Eberwein and Christina Krakovsky. Hosted by Tanya Sakzewski.
The media operates relatively freely in the Czech Republic, but like many other countries in the EU, it faces challenges, including concentration of ownership and disinformation. But the rise of independent media and a new generation of journalists are raising hopes of change. In this Mediadelcom podcast, we talk to Iveta Jansová from the Czechia team about the need for more cooperation to facilitate deliberative communications and journalism, which will better represent the interests and needs of citizens.
Guest: Iveta Jansová, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies and Journalism, MUNI. Hosted by Tanya Sakzewski.
Like many countries, Romania’s media is facing numerous challenges including polarization and failing to connect with the public. So what role could deliberative journalism and deliberative communications play in addresses those problems and why is listening so important? In the latest Mediadelcom podcast, we talk to Ioana Avădani, President, Centre for Independent Journalism, Bucharest and member of the Mediadelcom team to find out more about the challenges as well as the outlook for the media.
Guest: Ioana Avădani, President, Centre for Independent Journalism, Bucharest, Romania. Hosted by Tanya Sakzewski.
What is the relationship between indicators like media competencies, media usage data, free speech protection, media accountability and the risks and opportunities for deliberative communications? Find out in this latest podcast episode, which coincides with the launch of a Mediadelcom e-book. The e-book explores the work of the Mediadelcom project and the state of media in Europe. In this episode team members explain their concerns and optimism when it comes to the media.
You can access the e-books (in EN and the national languages of the participating countries), which are available to the public, here.
Guests: Tobias Eberwein, Senior Scientist & Research Group Leader. Austrian Academy of Sciences Marcus Kreutler, Researcher, Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, Germany Anna Kandyla, Research Fellow at ELIAMEP in Greece. Ragne Kõuts-Klemm, Associate Professor, in Sociology of Journalism, at University of Tartu in Estonia. Ilva Skulte, Deputy Associate Professor, Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia Al Matthews, Research Fellow, University of Tartu in Estonia.
How is the media transforming the way journalists engage with their local communities? A newspaper, recently launched in Leicester in the UK, has been engaging and consulting its community from the start. Rhys Everquill, Editor of The Great Central Gazette, explains how deliberation and diversity is vital to success. He’s joined by Nick Carter, former editor of the Leicester Mercury, who describes the challenges facing regional journalism and the need to find a sustainable model to ensure its survival.
Guests: Rhys Everquill, Editor, Great Central Gazette Nick Carter, former editor, Leicester Mercury.
We discuss good practices emerging when studying the opportunities for deliberative communication, especially regarding monitoring capability. Examples from Romania (2:48), Hungary (5:17), Austria (5:56) and Sweden (7:48).
What role can deliberative journalism play in reforming the media? The Journalism Manifesto, written by Barbie Zelizer, Pablo Boczkowski and Chris Anderson, argues that the profession is outdated, irrelevant to most and in desperate need of change. That change could be either reformist or revolutionary. Chris Anderson joins this episode to explain what’s needed and how the media in the US and UK in particular are struggling to cope with a new political reality.
Guest: Chris Anderson, co-author, The Journalism Manifesto
The episode is having a closer look at the bibliography database, the most recent publication by Mediadelcom. Prof. Epp Lauk is telling what it is. Database in figures (at 7:10) and by topics (10:25). What are the gaps in the overall research? (12:48). How to use the database? (14:27).
In addition, we provide a follow-up to the news item in episode #23 about the Estonian case study (16:16).
A project in Colorado, USA, is engaging a local community on important issues through deliberative communications and deliberative journalism. The aim is to facilitate better decision-making and strengthen democracy. Can that model be replicated in Europe? Dr. Lilia Raycheva, from the Bulgarian Mediadelcom team, explains the opportunities and challenges of implementing a similar project in her country. The podcast #32 on the Colorado deliberative communications project you can find here.
In this episode, we shall look into the agent-oriented modelling. Mediadelcom is applying this methodology from the toolbox of computer sciences to build scenarios regarding the risks and opportunities for the media and wider, for deliberative communication.
Halliki Harro-Loit (EST) and John Alphonsus Matthews (EST) talk in more detail about the essence of the methodology, its applicability and expected outcomes.
Catch up also the episode on the fuzzy set approach (#9).
Norway’s public broadcaster NRK has changed its TV debate format replacing the usual fight between people representing opposing sides. With guests now listening and questioning each other in a respectful manner, is the show managing to combat polarization and attract both speakers and audiences? What lessons does this “experiment” have for other media wanting to adopt constructive or deliberative journalism? Gro Engen is the editor of the programme.
How is a deliberative communications project reaching out to engage a local community on important issues in Colorado, USA, and how is it leading to better decision-making by policy makers? In this episode we find out about the project, including the role of a local newspaper that has embraced deliberative journalism. Martin Carcasson, Director of the Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University; Eric Larsen, Editor of the Coloradoan newspaper.
In this episode, we recap Mediadelcom’s year 2022. Country case studies are ready and accessible. Work goes on with comparative research. Several consortium members provide deliberations regards to the project’s advancement. Halliki Harro-Loit (EST), Marcus Kreutler (DEU), Lars Nord (SWE), Anna Kandyla (GRC) and Anda Rožukalne (LVA) share their view. Christmas & New Year greetings follow.
We talk about recent conferences where Mediadelcom presented itself. First, the conference of ECREA – the European Communication Research and Education Association (Aarhus, DK). Halliki Harro-Loit (EE) and Tobias Eberwein (AT) ‘re-perform’ the opening presentation delivered in Aarhus. It is a kind of a concise recap of the activities of Mediadelcom performed so far. In the other moiety (at 16:48), we recall the conference in Gdansk (PL): the Polish Communication Association’s congress. Spoken by Michał Głowacki and Bogusława Dobek–Ostrowska (PL).
This episode provides a retrospect onto the Mediadelcom consortium meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. The agenda, inter alia, included discussions with the Advisory Board. Professor Daniel Hallin (University of California, San Diego), co-author of the famous book Comparing Media Systems had thoroughly been reading the country case study reports and sheared his observations to the consortium in Sofia. One of his observations was about the GDPR. In many reports, it appears that it’s causing hindering effects to freedom of expression and access to public information.
Project coordinator Halliki Harro-Loit in brief tells about the meeting’s focuses. Regarding ‘best practices’, the episode provides a “teaser quote” by Ioana Avădani, RO, referring to a near future podcast episode on that topic.
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