Workshop on the influence of the internet on the media

Mediadem researchers met in Zagreb on 10-11 December 2010 for the second meeting of the project. They discussed theoretical approaches to the study of media policy and exchanged ideas and opinions on how to empirically explore the formulation of national media policies for free and independent media and the ways in which the various regulatory measures and instruments are put into practice. Throughout discussion, food
emphasis was put on the importance of examining the processes under which the various rules and policy tools are formed and implemented and of the influence that the various policy participants exert throughout the process. Project partners presented the issues that are considered of crucial importance in each individual country and analysed how these will be empirically approached. The discussion that followed offered a valuable basis for the preparation of the 14 case study reports which are expected towards the end of 2011. Researchers will meet in Athens in June 2011 to discuss their first empirical findings and agree on next steps.

Mediadem researchers met in Zagreb on 10-11 December 2010 for the second meeting of the project. They discussed theoretical approaches to the study of media policy and exchanged ideas and opinions on how to empirically explore the formulation of national media policies for free and independent media and the ways in which the various regulatory measures and instruments are put into practice. Throughout discussion, pilule
emphasis was put on the importance of examining the processes under which the various rules and policy tools are formed and implemented and of the influence that the various policy participants exert throughout the process. Project partners presented the issues that are considered of crucial importance in each individual country and analysed how these will be empirically approached. The discussion that followed offered a valuable basis for the preparation of the 14 case study reports which are expected towards the end of 2011. Researchers will meet in Athens in June 2011 to discuss their first empirical findings and agree on next steps.

Mediadem researchers met in Zagreb on 10-11 December 2010 for the second meeting of the project. They discussed theoretical approaches to the study of media policy and exchanged ideas and opinions on how to empirically explore the formulation of national media policies for free and independent media and the ways in which the various regulatory measures and instruments are put into practice. Throughout discussion, doctor
emphasis was put on the importance of examining the processes under which the various rules and policy tools are formed and implemented and of the influence that the various policy participants exert throughout the process. Project partners presented the issues that are considered of crucial importance in each individual country and analysed how these will be empirically approached. The discussion that followed offered a valuable basis for the preparation of the 14 case study reports which are expected towards the end of 2011. Researchers will meet in Athens in June 2011 to discuss their first empirical findings and agree on next steps.

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the Perelman Centre for Legal Philosophy and the Institute for European Studies of the Free University of Brussels (ULB) organised a conference on the influence of the internet on the media. The conference started with a brief welcome and introduction by Benoît Frydman, professor at the ULB. Bart Van Besien, research fellow at the same university, informed the public on the scope of the Mediadem project and its aim of mapping the influences of various media policies on the development of free and independent media in Europe. Pierre-François Docquir, post-doctoral researcher at the ULB, discussed the challenges for freedom of expression in the digitalised media environment. Damien Van Achter, Social Media Manager at the Belgian French-language public broadcaster RTBF, illustrated how social media such as Facebook and Twitter shake up the existing media landscapes. Amandine Degand, researcher at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), presented the results of a recent research project on the impact of the internet on the communication of information and on the working conditions of journalists. Finally, Jacques Englebert, professor at the ULB, analysed the legal ramifications of an all-encompassing digitalisation trend in communications law.

A lively discussion followed between the speakers and the public. Participants exchanged views and opinions on issues such as the importance of developing new business models and new working practices for the media players, the challenges posed to the existing media outlets by the new media and their influence on the pluralistic character of the media sector. The organisers of the conference thanked François Heinderyckx, professor at the ULB, for leading the discussion, and the members of the panel and the public for their invaluable input.  The organisers furthermore confirmed their intention to organise similar conferences on related topics on a recurring basis, as it was expressly asked by various members of the public,

For more information on the conference, you may contact Pierre-François Docquir.

The agenda of the workshop is available here. A detailed report on the workshop by the Association of French-language Journalists in Belgium can be found here (in French).