Reporting facts: free from fear or favour

UNESCO | Marius Dragomir
Published: 2020

Preview of In Focus report on World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

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Journalism Thrives in Slovakia Despite Growing Oligarchic Control

Center for Media, Data and Society | Central European University
Published: 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.

Slovakia is a voracious news consumer, with almost two thirds of people reading news portals, newspapers or news magazines. Much of this news appetite was stirred by technological advancement. Over 86% of people use the internet, which is a big leap

from less than 30% in the beginning of the 2010s…

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Who Finances India’s Journalism?

Center for Media, Data and Society | Central European University
Published: June 2020

Commercial advertisers are the largest players in terms of funding spent in the media in India, but the state has also a significant role, financing the country’s public service broadcaster, shelling out public advertising money to commercial media and

holding a monopoly over the news radio market.

The news media market in India is regionally and linguistically fragmented but ownership is concentrated within a handful of large players, more so in regional geographies. It is significant that the news business is largely run and owned by individuals (and families) with primarily non-media business interests and assets…

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Organisational Culture of Public Service Media: People, values, processes

Dr Michał Głowacki and Professor Lizzie Jackson

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. 
Credit: Dr Michał Głowacki and Professor Lizzie Jackson

Four media clusters were located in North America: Austin (Texas), Boston/Cambridge (Massachusetts), Detroit (Michigan) and Toronto (Canada). European clusters included London (UK), Warsaw (Poland), Copenhagen (Denmark), Brussels (Belgium), Tallinn (Estonia), and Vienna (Austria). To answer the question ‘what people, values and processes’

should Public Service Media embody going forward we found there is an urgent need for adaptation. Without internal change there is likely to be a decline in the ability of PSM to survive within the fast-evolving contemporary media and communications production and distribution landscape.Go to project report

Gender Equality and Diversity Implications of COVID-19 Crisis for Public Service Media

European Broadcasting Union

What have been the gender and diversity implications of COVID-19 for media?

“36 professionals from 24 EBU Member organisations gathered on 6 April for a virtual roundtable to discuss 5 signposted issues and share their strategies in addressing them during these unprecedented times…” – EBU

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Routes to Content: how people decide what TV to watch

Professor Catherine Johnson, University of Huddersfield

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 is. 

The contemporary media landscape has altered the discoverability of television content. More than half of UK households have a TV set connected to the internet and subscribe to at least one subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, multiplying the routes that people can

take to find the television programmes that they want to watch.

For the television industry, this means adopting new strategies to increase the discoverability and accessibility of their content. For regulators and policymakers, this challenges existing prominence legislation that aims to ensure that public service content is easy to find. Current prominence regulations were designed for the world of linear television channels and electronic programme guides, raising the question of how accessible public service television is in the new on-demand environment.”Go to report

News media broadly trusted, views of UK government response to COVID-19 highly polarised

Dr Richard Fletcher, Dr Antonis Kalogeropoulos, Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

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. 

“In this RISJ Factsheet we examine people’s attitudes towards how news organisations, government and other institutions are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in the UK based on a survey fielded from 10 April to 14 April.” – Reuters Institute for the

Study of JournalismGo to report

Types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation

Dr. J. Scott Brennen, Felix Simon, Dr Philip N. Howard, Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

A Reuters Institute factsheet identifying some of the main types of misinformation shared during the COVID-19 pandemic

“In this factsheet we identify some of the main types, sources, and claims of COVID-19 misinformation seen so far. We analyse a sample of 225 pieces of misinformation rated false or misleading by fact-checkers and published in English between January and

the end of March 2020, drawn from a collection of fact-checks maintained by First Draft.” – Reuters Institute.Go to report

Trust in Media

Public Service Media are the most trusted source for news in 61% of European countries according to this EBU report. 

European Broadcasting Union

“This report brings you insights on how people are turning to public service media news content as an essential trusted source at a time of crisis such as COVID-19.”

The new 2020 Trust in Media report includes an infographic and the dataset. Open access, login

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The Value of PSM

This European Broadcast Union publication from January 2020 showcases the value that public service media brings to European citizens.

The content is available on the EBU website, via login.Go to website