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An introduction to the European Union

The constellation of Council, Commission, and Parliament, all with their different tasks and characteristics, has proven to be a powerful mechanism to reach consensus even on highly contentious topics, and imposes well-functioning checks and balances on the European Union. That this is hard and takes time goes with the territory.

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How not to win a journalism grant

Here are nine common mistakes that are made by applicants for journalism grants, and especially by applicants from the journalism community - mistakes that make it too easy for juries to discard their proposals.

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Why Google's Digital News Initiative might fail

The European journalism sector needs a boost to catch up with the technological skills as well as the contents-related prowess of the globalised competition. But will Google's Digital News Initiative really help?

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The Digital News Initiative: What Should Google Do?

Google's Digital News Initiative directly affects the grey area between the commercial interests of Google itself, the commercial interests of European journalism outlets, and the public at large. Therefore, it requires a governance model at arm’s length from both Google and its launch partners in the news industry, and a well thought-out setup.

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Uneasy bedfellows: Journalism and impact metrics

If you follow current debates, it appears that measurable, real-world impact is the be-all and end-all of journalism, especially when it comes to political and development themes. How did that happen?

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Eine kurze Geschichte des Privatfernsehens in Deutschland

Aktualisierte Fassung zum 30jährigen Bestehen des Privatfernsehens: Aus Wurzeln, die bis in die 1950er Jahre zurückreichen, entstand das Privatfernsehen in Deutschland in den 1980er Jahren aus einer historisch gewachsenen Mischung wirtschaftlicher Interessen mit politischen Wunschvorstellungen.

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Dark social is the new black

Over the din of social media marketing we tend to overlook that perhaps the greatest amount of what we have been taught to call "sharing" still happens outside of the likes of Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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Medienregulierung 2.0 und die Zukunft des Fernsehens

Vorschau auf die 3. Auflage des "Praxishandbuchs Fernsehen": In absehbarer Zukunft dürfte der der eigentliche Regulierungsgegenstand der Medienaufsicht, nämlich der Rundfunk mit linearen Programmen, gar nicht mehr existieren. Was dann?

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Zur Zukunft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Medien

Vorschau auf die 3. Auflage des "Praxishandbuchs Fernsehen": Die Koppelung des öffentlich-rechtlichen Auftrages an den Rundfunk wird immer fragwürdiger; außerdem lässt sich die Frage stellen, ob und inwieweit sich die derzeit übliche Konstruktion von öffentlich-rechtlichen Anstalten, also von in vielerlei Hinsicht nach dem Muster von Behörden aufgebauten Organisationen, auf Dauer bewährt.

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Google tax: Have the cake and eat it?

There is a lobbying and political initiative to introduce what could be termed a Google tax. More accurately put, the proponents of the initiative demand special copyright royalties from search engines, which are supposed to be paid to newspapers. Does it make sense?

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How the EU can help journalism

Why is the European Union so ineffective when it comes to supporting press freedom and media pluralism? And what could it do within the limits of its current competences to foster journalism? It all boils down to one word: CONNECT.

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Shifting journalism online

That journalism is inevitably moving online and increasingly detaching itself from the classic substrates of paper and broadcasting is by now a more or less universally accepted fact – despite the obstinate resistance that many legacy media organisations keep putting up. But what does this change process entail for journalism?

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A critical mass for Public Service Media freedom in South East Europe

Conventional wisdom has it that Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) can hardly be more forward than the society it serves, which spells problems for PSB in many Western Balkans countries. But in actual fact in can be at least slightly ahead – provided that it has the international and multi-lateral backing necessary to rise above everyday obstructions.

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The EU, its neighbours, and journalism revolution

The transition to a free and democratic media system in formerly authoritarian countries may be almost as difficult for the revolutionaries themselves as it typically is for the former mouthpieces of defunct regimes. Can the European Union help?

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Vordenkerrolle: Zum Innovationsbedarf der Medienanstalten

Die Landesmedienanstalten beharren auf liebgewonnenen Denkfiguren und rufen nach strengeren Vorschriften, wenn die Welt sich ändert. Doch ihrer Sinn- und Identitätskrise könnten sie mit dem begegnen, was Odo Marquardt einst "Inkompetenzkompensations-kompetenz" nannte. Artikel aus epd Medien, Heft 69/2010.

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