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19 Jun 2017, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Philanthropy-funded journalism and public value


Philanthropic donors big and small tend to invest with their eye on values rather than products: democracy, an informed society, better public health, the thriving of art, improved education, and so on – the idea of public value. Private individuals or foundations step up to provide the public with a good they deem necessary on principle, but which is too low in supply or missing entirely.

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06 Jun 2017, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

How donors can enable quality journalism


Most journalists chose their profession because they wanted to make an impact on society, but the news business, as it were, conspired against their good intentions. Yet with constructive approaches, a renewed focus on communities and audiences, and foundation support, journalism could break free from legacy structures.

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16 May 2017, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, 0 Comments

Bridging the journalism-philanthropy gap


It is an illusion to think that charity can bring systematic and lasting change to society without extending support to media. Considering the benefits to be gained by all involved – charities, journalism, and society – the key obstacles, as identified at Journalism Funders Forum London, are not insurmountable.

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14 Mar 2017, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Communicating Europe: The State of Play


Europe is making headlines. In the current decade, there has in fact been a surge in media attention for EU-related topics. What previously appeared next to impossible in most Member States, front-page stories involving the European Union in mainstream news outlets, has almost become a matter of course. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is not unequivocally favourable.

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06 Oct 2016, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Journalism, 0 Comments

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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08 Apr 2016, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, 0 Comments

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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09 Nov 2015, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

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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04 May 2015, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, 0 Comments

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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10 Jun 2014, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, 0 Comments

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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06 Jun 2013, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, Television, 0 Comments

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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