Trappel, Josef / Meier, Werner A. (eds.)
On Media Monitoring
The Media and Their Contribution to Democracy
Year of Publication: 2011
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XII, 306 pp., num. fig. and tables
ISBN 978-1-4331-1103-7 hb. (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.560 kg, 1.235 lbs
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This book questions how to monitor the contribution of mass media to democracy, and focuses on the initiatives, achievements and flaws of media monitoring. Moving beyond previous studies which have tended to discuss the legal issues related to media freedom alone, On Media Monitoring takes a broader approach, examining media structure, ownership, policy, economics, company conduct, law and regulation - all important indicators of how well the mass media serve contemporary democracies. Throughout, the book strikes a balance between monitoring initiatives with an academic, governmental, and non-governmental origin.
The book - which includes a new monitoring model, the Media for Democracy Monitor, together with the results of its initial empirical implementation - is intended to further discussion about how to monitor the contribution of the mass media to democracy. It is suitable for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars who teach and research in this area.
Contents: Lee B. Becker/Tudor Vlad: Evaluating Media Freedom - Karin Deutsch Karlekar: Monitoring and Measuring Press Freedom on a Global Scale: Strengths and Weaknesses of the Freedom House Index - Lucie Hribal: Challenges of Media Monitoring in Transition Countries - Kristina Weissenbach: Evaluating Freedom of the Media in New Democracies - Josef Trappel/Tanja Maniglio: On Media Monitoring - the Media for Democracy Monitor (MDM) - Leen d'Haenens: The Netherlands - Frank Marcinkowski/André Donk: Germany - Tanja Maniglio/Josef Trappel: Switzerland - Joaquim Fidalgo: Portugal - Aukse Balcytiene/Egle Napryte: Lithuania - Robert G. Picard: Monitoring Corporate Governance in U.S. and European Media Firms - Torbjörn von Krogh: Media Organisations and Their Accountability to Democracy: Categories and Indicators.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
Josef Trappel is Professor of Media Policy and Media Economics the University of Salzburg, Austria. He conducts research in the fields of media and democracy, media policy, and media economics.
Werner A. Meier is the Director of SwissGIS, the Swiss Centre for Studies on the Global Information Society at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His work concentrates on democratic media governance.
Mass Communication and Journalism. Vol. 2
General Editor: Lee B. Becker