Public service: A Swedish overview of knowledge (Swedish)

Public service: A Swedish overview of knowledge

Nordicom
Published: June 2022

“The purpose of Public service: A Swedish overview of knowledge is to present in an easily accessible way what empirical research has come to in key issues concerning public service. The chapter authors are active at Swedish universities and colleges, and most of the results and conclusions presented are based on reviews of previously published research. In all chapters, the focus is on public service news journalism.

Public service: A Swedish overview of knowledge is aimed at anyone with an interest in public service – not least politicians, journalists and public debaters.”

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Funding Democracy: Public Media and Democratic Health in 33 Countries

Funding Democracy: Public Media and Democratic Health in 33 Countries

The International Journal of Press/Politics | Timothy Neff and Victor Pickard
Published: 2021

Neff and Pickard’s new report provides further evidence that where public media is better funded, with secure funding and regulatory frameworks, they are “consistently and positively correlated with healthy democracies”, and that citizens are more likely to engage in democratic processes. The study is based on a framework by Hallin and Mancini of North American and European media systems, and in correlation with the rankings of the 33 countries in the top two tiers of The 2019 Democracy Index (“full” and “flawed” democracies), developed by The Economist’s Intelligence Unit (EIU).

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The Contribution of NRK to Norwegian Media Diversity

The Contribution of NRK to Norwegian Media Diversity

A review from The Norwegian Media Authority to the Ministry of Culture 

Medietilsynet
Published: November 2021

Front cover of summary report 'The Contribution of NRK to Norwegian Media Diversity' Credit: Medietilsynet
Front cover of summary report ‘The Contribution of NRK to Norwegian Media Diversity’ Credit: Medietilsynet

“In a report published on 29 November 2021, the Norwegian Media Authority (NMA) concludes that the public service media provider NRK contributes positively to media diversity and to the overall offer to the public by fulfilling its public service broadcasting remit and by working with other actors in the Norwegian media market. A detailed summary of the report is now available in English.

The objective of the report, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, was to identify how NRK contributes to diversity of content and exposure, whether it fulfils its duty to cover thematic and geographic blind spots and how the competitive effects of its activities impact on the media market. on online news and current affairs.

The review is based on the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data and studies from a wide range of sources including NRK, public authorities, consultants and academic researchers and takes into consideration input from the media industry.”

[Text sourced from the European platform of regulatory authorities]

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Changing Newsrooms 2021

Changing Newsrooms 2021

Hybrid Working and Improving Diversity Remain Twin Challenges for Publishers

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University | Federica Cherubini, Nic Newman, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
Published: 2021

'Changing Newsrooms 2021' report cover. RISJ.
‘Changing Newsrooms 2021’ report cover. RISJ.

The return to the office is underway but with COVID-19 lingering in a number of countries, progress remains uneven and uncertain. Many will find newsrooms very different places to the ones they left. For some, the office has disappeared completely.

This report, which is based on a survey of 132 senior industry leaders from 42 countries as well as a series of in-depth interviews, makes clear that ‘hybrid working’ will soon be the norm for the vast majority of journalists in many news organisations – with some people in the office and others working remotely – and that the industry is still struggling with attracting talent and addressing lack of diversity.

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British Public Service Broadcasting, the EU and Brexit

British Public Service Broadcasting, the EU and Brexit

Department of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK | Mike Berry, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Inaki Garcia-Blanco, Lucy Bennett and Joe Cable
Published: 2021

This paper analyses the historic role of Britain’s major public service broadcaster, the BBC, in reporting the European Union. To do this it combines a content analysis of two datasets of BBC broadcast and online coverage from 2007 and 2012 with a series of semi-structured interviews conducted with former and current senior BBC editors and journalists. The research finds that BBC coverage in the pre-referendum period was closely tied to major events – such as summits – and elite party conflict. These patterns in coverage were primarily a consequence of the lack of traditional news values inherent in most EU stories and the impact of the wider political and media landscape. The consequence of these patterns in coverage was to present audiences with a restricted, negative and largely conflictual picture of Britain’s relationship with the EU which is likely to have fuelled rather than inhibited the growth of Euroscepticism.

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Mutual Aid and the “Messy Middle”: pushing public radio toward antiracism

Mutual Aid and the “Messy Middle”

Pushing public radio toward antiracism

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism | Andrea Wenzel

Published: 2021

Across the U.S., a number of public media stations have been undertaking initiatives with the aim of making their newsrooms and their journalism more inclusive of Black, Indigenous, and people of color and other marginalized communities. These initiatives have taken a variety of forms, including tracking the diversity of their sources; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) workshops and trainings; and community engagement initiatives.

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News in Asia

News in Asia

Understanding news media in the world’s most important region

The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas | Various authors
Published: 2021

In September 2021, the Judith Neilson Institute, an organisation based in Sydney but works with journalists and media organisations around the world, published its report, bringing together experts and institutions to provide a nuanced account of journalism in Asia. The report covers a comprehensively covers a broad range of topics, from changing news production and consumption to the impact of COVID-19 on the news media landscape and media development.

The Public Media Alliance is proud to have also contributed to such an important and timely project. In our chapter we explore the changing role of national broadcasters in Asia with a slide towards greater state control, and how public media is being redefined and normalised as a form of national broadcasting with less editorial independence – a key principle of public media. Read our chapter.

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The State of State Media

The State of State Media

A Global Analysis of the Editorial Independence of State Media and an Introduction of a New State Media Typology

Center for Media, Data and Society, CEU Democracy Institute | Marius Dragomir and Astrid Söderström
Published: 2021

CMDS Director Marius Dragomir introduces a new tool to assess the editorial independence of the world’s state media and finds that nearly 80% of 546 state-administered media companies in 151 countries lack editorial independence.

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The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2021

Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2021

10th Edition

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford | Nic Newman with Richard Fletcher, Anne Schulz, Simge Andı, Craig T. Robertson, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen
Published: 2021

Reuters Institute Digital News Report

This year’s report reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 92,000 online news consumers in 46 markets including India, Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Colombia and Peru for the first time.

The report looks at the impact of coronavirus on news consumption and on the economic prospects for publishers. It looks at progress on new paid online business models, trust and misinformation, local news, impartiality and fairness in news coverage.

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The Missing Middle: Reimagining a Future for Tweens, Teens, and Public Media

The Missing Middle

Reimagining a Future for Tweens, Teens, and Public Media

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting | Monica Bulger, Mary Madden, Kiley Sobel, Patrick Davison
Published: 2021

The Missing Middle: Reimagining a Future for Tweens, Teens, and Public Media. Report cover.
The Missing Middle: Reimagining a Future for Tweens, Teens, and Public Media. Report cover. Joan Ganz Cooney Center.

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have partnered to better understand how young people are engaging with media today in order to help public media better serve Gen Z. As part of our By/With/For Youth: Inspiring Next Gen Public Media Audiences, we spoke with tweens and teens across the U.S. about how they spend their time, what they find interesting, how they find new shows, apps, or videos, what issues are important to them, as well as what misconceptions adults have about youth. We asked them for their advice about what media producers should do if they want to engage with people their age, and how their lives have changed during the pandemic.

The report features the voices of a generation of youth who crave authenticity and who want to be more than passive consumers in this rapidly changing media landscape. The participating 10-17-year-olds described how they seamlessly move across platforms and devices depending on their moods, interests, and access to certain kinds of connectivity.

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