Today’s mediascape offers a diversity of possibilities for citizens to participate in creating content for news journalism and to be involved in public debates. At the same time, citizens express dissatisfaction with the traditional media and their contribution to the public sphere. In addition, the business model of independent journalism, which represents an essential basis for the public debate and social cohesion, is currently uncertain. So far, we do not know enough about the chances of the present media crisis being a lasting one, whether invitations to participate are a part of the problem or a part of the solution, and how these shifts in journalism will affect democratic societies.
The Hans-Bredow-Institut participated in an international network, which sought theoretical and methodological answers to these enquiries. The work on related questions continues in the project “Journalism: New Organisational Models, Changing Audience Relationships, and their Effect on Journalistic Output” at the Hans-Bredow-Institut as well as in the larger international research network “Journalism Elsewhere”.
RP1 - Transformation of Public Communication
Dr. Tamara Witschge, Rosalind Franklin Fellow, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen (Projektleitung)
Dr. Chris Peters, lecturer, University of Groningen
Prof. Dr. Irene Costera Meijer, Professor für Journalism Studies, Department of Language and Communication, VU University Amsterdam
Dr. Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Reader & Director des MA “Journalism, Media and Communications” und des MA “Political Communication”, Cardiff University
Dr. Andy Williams, lecturer, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University