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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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25 Oct 2011, Posted by Eric Karstens in European Policy, Journalism, 0 Comments

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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06 Apr 2011, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Is blogging coming of age?


Like so many things in our current media environment, accrediting bloggers alongside with journalists is more difficult, requires more effort, and entails more risks than sticking to the old ways. It is worth the while, though, seeing that blogging seems to be coming of age.

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26 Jan 2011, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, Media Policy, 0 Comments

Why I want my newspaper to go out of business


The notion of intellectual property resonates with the idea that the original authors – journalists, writers, translators, photographers – deserve protection. However in fact, a substantial part of the copyright regime is in place to protect an intermediate industry that feeds off the creativity of the original authors.

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13 Sep 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, 0 Comments

The difference between what is urgent and what is important


Journalism should respond to globalization by adopting a new point of view. Many times, journalism embraces clear-cut, polar angles simply because they attract attention more easily and lend themselves to schematically balanced reporting. Today, however, this kind of black-and-white attitude does not cut it anymore.

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05 Aug 2010, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, 0 Comments

Legacy media, the Internet, and journalism: a roundup


Legacy media are affected by a tectonic shift: First, declining audience translates into lower advertising revenue; second, the abundance of advertising space on the Internet lowers ad prices dramatically; and third, subscription and sales revenues are going down as well. Aside from volunteering, alternative ways of news media financing are therefore being considered.

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09 Dec 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Journalism, 0 Comments

Reputation management in times of social media


When the European Association of Communication Directors (EACD) organised their annual conference, I was kindly invited to join a panel. Its title: The Internet as a Reputation Trap.

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10 Jun 2009, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Journalism, 0 Comments

The Internet: Tool of tyranny or democracy?


“Is journalism so last century?”, asked British governance expert Andrew Puddephatt at the Global Forum on Freedom of Expression 2009.

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