About this share content
Welcome to our shared public media research and resource page provided by the Public Media Alliance in collaboration with IAPMR and CEU – CMDS
Here you will find a broad selection of recommended journals, reports, websites and guides related to the core values of public service media.
Topics include best practices, country reports and the mounting challenges faced by PSM worldwide such as media capture, diminishing budgets and media convergence.
The resources below have been curated by the Public Media Alliance in collaboration with the International Association of Public Media Researchers (IAPMR) and the Central European University’s Centre for Media, Data and Society (CEU-CMDS). You can find out more about our collaborators here.
Is there something we have missed? Please get in touch, we would be pleased to review it here. Also see the PMA Publications section for our own reports and handbooks as well as the InnoPSM website. PMA also keeps track of research news and calls for papers.
Most of the following resources are open-source but some contain links to articles that require an institutional log-in to view. Please refer to your University, institution or employer if this is the case.
May 2020 How do journalists working for different state-funded international news organizations legitimize their relationship to the governments which support them? In what circumstances might such journalists resist the diplomatic strategies of their funding states?
May 2020 Slovaks have access to a plethora of news platforms, but many of them are in the hands of powerful financial corporations, closely linked with political groups. Nevertheless, swelling demand for accurate, quality information boosts the country’s independent journalism.
June 2020 Unusual opacity is the most salient characteristic of the media system in Israel, where the involvement of political figures in media operation raises serious concerns.
2019 In 2015-2019 Dr Michał Głowacki and Professor Lizzie Jackson investigated the internal organisational cultures of ten successful high technology clusters in North America and Europe to identify strategies to support the evolution of Public Service Media worldwide. Read their project report.
2020 What have been the gender and diversity implications of COVID-19 for media?
2020 With more than half of UK households owning an internet-connected TV and subscribed to at least one SVOD, this article sought to analyse how people discover and decide what television to watch and explore just how accessible public service television
2020 This Reuters Institute factsheet is the first of the UK COVID-19 news and information project and explores how people navigate news and information in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 A Reuters Institute factsheet identifying some of the main types of misinformation shared during the COVID-19 pandemic
2020 Multiple international organisations recognise the value of public service media (PSM) as an essential component of democratisation. Yet how can PSM achieve viability in settings where models of media independence and credibility are unfamiliar or rejected by political leaders?
2019 This report by MediaRoad’s Policy Hub analyses the potential impact of future and emerging technologies on the media sector
2019 This guide helps to spark discussions on best editorial practice in approaching and covering issues such as terrorism, conspiracy theories, manipulated content in an age of technological innovations and information disorder.
2016 This report re-evaluates the role of public service broadcasting (PSB) in the current, international media climate and what its future may hold.
2018 This chapter from Nordicom’s 2018 publication Public Service Media in the Networked Society, emphasises the role of public media in providing minority language services in small nation states.
November 2018 This recent publication explores the key feature of journalism and seeks to guide readers on how to best navigate the news environment and fight against misinformation.
April 2018 The latest ‘Ethics in the News’ report from the Ethical Journalism Network explores how the communications revolution is continuing to pose more questions than answers over a public crisis of confidence, both in democracy and in sources of public
Public service media, universality and personalisation through algorithms: Mapping strategies and exploring dilemmas
2017 This contribution compares personalisation strategies of public service media (PSM) and how these are reconciled with PSM’s core values, especially universality.
January 2018 Comprehensive factsheet highlighting top-level usage statistics for the most popular sites that independent fact-checkers and other observers have identified as publishers of false news and online disinformation.
December 2017 This report lays out a vision for how the continuing struggle for vibrant, independent, and plural media systems in the region might more effectively bolster efforts of democratic revitalization.
2009 This recommended article, supported by FesMedia Africa, conveys the complicated changes facing state-owned broadcasters in Southern Africa.
2011 This paper critically analyses the role media has to play in facilitating the public understanding of science and technology across Africa.
2011 This article argues that open-platform Public Service Media are capable of developing more comprehensive and inclusive social frameworks than online providers.
2012 This UNESCO report discusses ways of assessing quality in public media.
2012 In this report, Marie-Soleil Frère surveys the news landscapes of DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda. Marshalling an impressive range of data, she examines patterns of production and consumption, the often grim realities of law and regulation, the embryonic state of media
2013 This treaty is a great example of how to implement a funding transition and regulatory changes within a federal State.
Autonomy and Regulatory Frameworks of Public Service Media in the Triangle of Politics, the Public and the Economy
2014 This study analyses the influencing factors on PSM regulatory frameworks in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom
2014 Triggered by the pressures of globalization, the processes of media convergence have split into a two-way communication process consisting of both convergent and-divergent axes.
2014 An examination of the debates surrounding the future of public service broadcasting in Norway and Sweden in the 2000s.
2015 This article analyses whether and to what extent public broadcasters have been able to transpose concepts like interaction, cocreation, and participation into actual media service delivery.
2015 This document, produced by the independent British broadcasting regulator, sets out its conclusions from its third review into public service broadcasting in the UK.
2015 This article investigates how the rise of social media affects European public service broadcasting, particularly in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.
2016 This chapter looks at the effects of digitisation in the production and consumption of public media, and the changing needs for news in society.
2016 This article addresses the question as to whether public service media is still relevant in the “age of the internet and digital networks”?
2016 This article analyses the economic viability of news production in the two main categories of media organisations, legacy media and digital native media, with a focus on USA and Europe.
2016 Is there a media system that promotes less political selective exposure? This article explores this question within the context of the US and Dutch media landscape.
2016 European Parliament policy brief arguing that democratic processes in several EU countries are suffering from systemic failure, with the result that the basic conditions of media pluralism are not present.
2016 New RSJI report on the impacts of public service media.
2017 This research article tracks the history of public television in Latin America and its journey towards digital transition.
May 2017 New research from the University of Vienna shows that growing support for far-right groups and populist politicians poses a severe threat to journalism across Europe.
August 2017 This brilliant collection of essays explores media capture and the multifaceted threats facing independent journalism, beyond those posed by direct state control.
June 2017 This working paper explores the future of public service broadcasting (PSB) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in light of the complex situation it is currently facing.
May 2017 This paper examines the status, role, and main challenges of the reform of the public service broadcasting (PSB) in Serbia.