is a network of European researchers that began life in 1982 as a workshop on media policy, convened by Dr Karen Siune of Arhus University, within the framework of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). Since then it has continued on its own initiative, changing in membership over time, but with the same working methods and purposes. It aims to collect and exchange information and to develop and apply frameworks that help to describe and analyse developments in media structure and policy in the European region. The core activity of the group has been to meet regularly in each others’ countries and to produce a sequence of books.
A personal note by Jeremy Tunstall (July 2017)
Denis and I first met 48 years ago in 1969. We both spent one full time research year (1976-77) working for the McGregor Royal Commission on the Press which published volumes including 900 pages by Colin Seymour-Ure, Oliver Boyd-Barrett, James Curran, myself and Denis McQuail. But in my opinion the best of this research output was one big volume: Denis McQuail, Analysis of Newspaper Content (Royal Commission on the Press, Research Series 4) London: H.M.S.O, 1977.
This not very widely known piece of research in my opinion is the best executed and most detailed newspaper content analysis in the English Language.
This Denis McQuail content analysis exemplified his strengths as a quantitative researcher, which was already evident in his early television work with Jay Blumler (Television in Politics: Its uses and Influence, London: Faber 1968).
Denis wrote exceptionally clearly about complex topics. Often he began with a conference talk or lecture which had perhaps been written on a plane or train journey and was often pretty chaotic. But he then produced very much more polished written and published versions.
Hovering on the edge of the funeral gathering were several people from Sage Publications UK. As we all know, Sage have sold huge numbers of Mass Communication Theory in its numerous editions and many translations. It will continue on into the future as McQuail’s Mass Communications Theory. The secret of its success, Denis told me more than once was that there was in fact very little theory in the book.
I spoke with Denis on the phone just two days before his death. Like a great many others I will remember him as a talented colleague and a very amiable and argumentative friend.
ECREA 2016 Pre-conference
Prague on November 8-9, 2016
Cleaning the House: Testing critical concepts on communication and society. For more information and to register: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ecrea16preconf/. Jointly organized by the Euromedia Research Group and the Helsinki Media Policy Research Group.
The academic debates on the role of communication in society revolve around a set of critical concepts that link researchers and ideas together and provide common ground for theoretical development. Some of these concepts have longer history, while others go in and out of popularity following academic and intellectual trends or broader societal changes.
Trappel, Josef / Steemers, Jeanette / Thomass, Barbara (eds.) (2015) European Media in Crisis: Values, Risks and Policies. London, New York: Routledge.
When the financial markets collapsed in 2008, the media industry was affected by a major slump in advertising revenues, and a formerly highly successful business model fell into a state of decay. This economic crisis has threatened core social values of contemporary democracies, such as freedom, diversity and equality. Taking a normative and policy perspective, this book discusses threats and opportunities for the media industry in Europe: What are the implications of the crisis for professional journalism, the media industry, and the process of political communication? Can non- state and non-market actors profit from the crisis? And what are media policy answers at the national and European level?
Sousa, Helena / Trützschler, Wolfgang / Fidalgo, Joaquim / Lameiras, Mariana (eds.) (2013) Media Regulators in Europe: A Cross-Country Comparative Analysis. Braga: CECS – Communication and Society Research Centre
States around the world are gradually setting up or reconfigurating existing media regulators. The nature and performance of theses bodies vary profoundly from country to country. This book written by members of the Euromedia Research Group and together with other authors aims at gathering and analyzing information about media regulators in Western Europe. Media regulators are supposed to improve the overall quality of the media and they are expected to raise media standards. But do they? And, if so, how and why?
Trappel, Josef / Meier, Werner A. / d’Haenens, Leen / Steemers, Jeanette / Thomass, Barbara (eds.) (2011) Media in Europe Today. Bristol, Intellect.
What unites the authors of this book is their joint interest in the analysis of media structures and media policy in Europe against the background of contemporary communication theories and concepts. The book has two parts: First, it looks into structural changes in specific media formats such as newspapers, radio, television and online-media. Second, it analyses specific problems and challenges in a comparative way, such as the creation of public sphere(s), the relation between media and democracy, public service media, media regulation and media governance, challenges of media industries etc.
Meier, Werner A. / Trappel, Josef (eds.): Power, Performance and Politics. Media Policy in Europe. Baden-Baden, Nomos 2007.
For the last 20 years, the Euromedia Research Group has analysed media and media politics. Power, Performance & Politics is the group’s latest endeavour to provide a comprehensive overview of changes in the European media landscape and their policy implications and to evaluate them in the light of revised models.
Chapters written by Laura Berges, Els de Bens, Kees Brants, Mario Hirsch, Olof Hultén, Hans J. Kleinsteuber, Rosario De Mateo, Werner A. Meier, Bernt S. Ostergaard, Denis McQuail, Vibeke G. Petersen, Josef Trappel, Jeremy Tunstall.
Convergence (Sage), Vol. 14 No. 3, August 2008, Special Issue: Public Service Broadcasting
Media policy has no clear concept of how to proceed with digital media. In particular, the role and remit of public service broadcasters is broadly discussed and challenged in the current period of change from analogue broadcasting to digital media. The debate is heating up both at the national and at the supra-national level of the European Union. Although some of the issues at stake are new – such as user generated content, Web 2.0 and social communication networks – the core arguments of the policy debate on the future of public service have remained remarkably stable at least over the last 25 years. The Special Issue of “Convergence” looks into some of the disputed topics. The Special Issue is edited by the Euromedia Research Group, represented by Lee d’Haenens, Helena Sousa, Werner A. Meier and Josef Trappel.