Challenges to Journalism in the Digital Age

15 – 20 April 2018        Send to printer

Course directors

Snježana Milivojević, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Zrinjka Peruško, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Slavko Splichal, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Carmen Ciller, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Steffen Lepa, Audio Communication Studies, Germany
Paolo Mancini, University of Perugia, Italy

Course description:

Course Description:

Is journalism in crisis? Some in the industry & practice fear for the future of the profession in the digital media environment – cf. the podcast by Katharine Viner, editor in chief of the Guardian


The digital environment presents one of the challenges for journalism as a profession and practice, but also as an institution which had a key role for the development of modern society and liberal democracy. The loss of unique control of the production and distribution process of news, the changes in the

gatekeeping role of the media, and the new players, the social media and apps, the challenge to the attentions of the audiences from multiple other (than media) sources of content, the speed of the digital, and the shift of the audience attention to digitally delivered content, all present significant challenges. Changes in the political sphere, with increased polarization and populism, the “post-truth” environment, also impact the definition and the role of journalism. What is the shape of journalism in face of these various challenges of the present day? How are news and its use affected by these changes? How are the challenges to journalism shaped in different media systems? How is journalism changing in different parts of the world in answer to the challenges? We will debate these issues in the 7th IUC Comparative Media Systems course drawing on the results of several comparative research projects that investigate these issues today: the Worlds of Journalism Study (http://www.worldsofjournalism.org/) has produced a number of interesting insights into the changes of journalism in different regions of the world; the Digital News Project of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, (https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Digital%20News%

20Report%202017%20web_0.pdf) provides another comparative source on which we will draw; the cross-country study of News as a Democratic resource (articles are available in the new issue of the journal Participations http://www.participations.org/Volume%2014/Issue%202/contents.htm) provides an insight into comparative cross-media news repertoires with a qualitative methodology. The course includes a one day hands-on methodological workshop on the design and implementation of Q interviews and the accompanying statistical analysis of the qualitative interview results.

Course Organization:

This seventh "slow science" IUC-CMS is an interdisciplinary research conference & post-graduate 2 around the beautiful old-town of Dubrovnik (UNESCO World Heritage) over 5 full working days (Monday to Saturday). The working language is English. All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Additional Information:

For further information about academic matters please contact the organizing course director:

professor Zrinjka Peruško zrinjka.perusko@gmail.com, Centre for Media and Communication

Research (www.cim.fpzg.unizg.hr), Department of Media and Communication, Faculty of Political

Science (www.fpzg.unizg.hr), University of Zagreb (www.unizg.hr).

Course lecturers

Snježana Milivojević, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Pero Maldini, University of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dina Vozab, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Antonija Čuvalo, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Zrinjka Peruško, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Carmen Ciller, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Paul Clemens Murschetz, Alpen Adria University, Klagenfurt, Austria
Alice Nemcova Tejkalova, Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Czech Republic

Work Schedule


Monday, 16 April 2018

10:00-11:30 Zrinjka Peruško, University of Zagreb

Introduction to the course & The challenge of cross-national research in journalism: macro, meso and micro level comparisons

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-13:30 Paul Clemens Murschetz, Berlin University of Digital Sciences

Big Data for News Media. A Scoping Review and Thematic Analysis of Challenges in Journalism and Management Research

Lunch break

17:00-19:00 Film & discussion

Post Truth Times. We the media (2017)

Author: Héctor Carré

Produced by: Sun Lua, Java Films

How can truth survive in a society that no longer values verifiable facts? Perhaps no organization has been more plagued by this dilemma than the mainstream news media. In recent times, the media has been met with a tremendous amount of ire and skepticism from bellicose politicians and an

increasingly embittered population. Post-Truth Times: We the media examines this troubling phenomenon from a myriad of fascinating perspectives, and attempts to diagnose what it all means for journalism and the culture at large.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

10:00-11:30 Carmen Ciller, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Journalism. The industrial classic model collapses. A view from Spain

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-13:30 Snježana Milivojević, University of Belgrade

Journalism and asymmetric polarization across Southeast Europe. Is media polarization country specific?

Lunch break

Doctoral student presentations

17:00 – 19:00

Dejana Nešić, University of Belgrade

Bloggers and micro bloggers as journalists 3

Milica Vučković, University of Zagreb

Private, popular and political on social media: analysis of online communication of Barack Obama and David Cameron

Nikola Mladjenovic, University of Belgrade

Media system, populism and the problem of (de-)differentiation

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

10:00 -11:00 Antonija Čuvalo & Dina Vozab, University of Zagreb

Q analysis in comparative news consumption research

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-15:00 Dina Vozab & Antonija Čuvalo, University of Zagreb

Q analysis workshop (with one break)

Thursday, 19 April 2018

10:15 – 11:45 Alice Nemcova Tejkalova, Charles University, Prague

Journalism in comparative perspective

11:45 – 12:15 Coffee break

12:15- 13:45 Pero Maldini, University of Dubrovnik

Democracy challenged: Populism as corrective or threat?

Friday, 20 April 2016

9:30-11:00 Dina Vozab, University of Zagreb

The dynamics of news media audience polarization in Croatia

11:00 – 12:00 Closing ceremony, course evaluation, awarding of certificates

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