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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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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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30 Dec 2013, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, Television, 0 Comments

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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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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18 Jan 2013, Posted by Eric Karstens in Internet, Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, Television, 0 Comments

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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14 Jan 2013, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, Public Broadcasting, Television, 0 Comments

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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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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