This seminal work is the first comprehensive analysis of the media landscape in the Mediterranean island of Malta. It examines the media owned by political parties, trade unions, and the church and how they successfully compete for audiences with the public and private sectors. Carmen Sammut explores institutional efforts to influence the information flow by means of field observations and in-depth interviews in newsrooms. These influences are further examined in an analysis of news content and discourse during the referendum campaign for European Union membership. In a field where literature often overlooks small states, Media and Maltese Society takes advantage of the small context to examine the communication circuit holistically, observing traits that British and American journalism lost with the growth of media capitalism.
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About the Author
Carmen Sammut is a lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta, teaching global economy of the media, media and society, and media and international relations.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Advocacy Journalism: Looking Beyond Anglo-American Paradigms Chapter 2 The Context: A Media System Overshadowed by Institutions Chapter 3 News Production and Political Polarisation Chapter 4 Journalists and Their Audiences Chapter 5 Texts in a Polarised Context: A Case Study of the Portrayal of the EU in News Chapter 6 Reality at Odds: Audiences' Reception of Polarized News Chapter 7 Conclusion: Anomalous or Alternative Pluralism?