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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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09 Nov 2012, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

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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26 Jun 2012, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

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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18 Jun 2012, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, 0 Comments

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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