Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective

Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective


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The 21st century has already seen dramatic changes affecting both jourbanalism and politics. The rise of a range of new digital and networked communication technologies combined with the stagnation and decline of many traditional mass media has had a profound impact on political jourbanalism. The arrival of new digital media has affected the ways in which political actors communicate with the public, with or without jourbanalists as intermediaries. Newspapers that once held political leaders to account are now struggling to survive; broadcasters that once gathered whole nations for the evening news are now fighting for relevance faced with innumerable new competitors on cable and digital television; online-only media, such as blogs and social networking sites, are changing how we communicate about politics. News media remain central to political processes, but the ways in which jourbanalists and politicians interact are changing. This book examines how and provides a comprehensive and comparative analysis of the state of political jourbanalism in Western Europe today, including the many challenges facing jourbanalists in this important period of transition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780766782
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/05/2013
Series: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Raymond Kuhn is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London and has been a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Jourbanalism, University of Oxford. He has published widely on political jourbanalism, French media policy and political communication. His books include The Media in Contemporary France; Politics and the Media in Britain; Political Jourbanalism: New Challenges, New Practices; The Politics of Broadcasting and Broadcasting and Politics in Western Europe. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Jourbanalism, University of Oxford and Assistant Professor of Communications at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research deals with comparative media studies, political communication and digital politics. Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns and The Changing Business of Jourbanalism and its Implications for Democracy are his most recent books.

Table of Contents

1. Political Journalism in Transition 
2. Political Journalism Across Western Europe 
3. Political Journalism in the United Kingdom
4. Trends in German Political Journalism 
5. Political Journalism in Denmark 
6. Will Italian Political Journalism Ever Change? 
7. Political Journalism in France 
8. EU News and Political Journalism
9. International News in Transition 
10. Why Public Service Media (Still) Matters 
11. The Rise of a Transnational News Logic? Comparing Political Reporting Styles of the 1960s and 2000s across Six Western Media Systems 
12. Americanization Revisited: Western Europe Compared to the United States

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