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Hedging European Research Transfer Activities (HERTA)

English title Hedging European Research Transfer Activities (HERTA)
Applicant Russ-Mohl Stephan
Number 137489
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Istituto Media e Giornalismo Facoltà di Scienze della comunicazione Università della Svizzera italiana
Institution of higher education Università della Svizzera italiana - USI
Main discipline Communication sciences
Start/End 01.10.2011 - 30.11.2013
Approved amount 240'000.00
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Keywords (8)

Research Transfer; Journalism Research; Media Journalism; Science Journalism ; Journalism Education; Transnational Networking; Online Journalism; Journalism Cultures

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
Lay summary
Due to rapidly shrinking resources required to finance newsrooms, quality journalism is increasingly endangered. Yet at the same time, it should continue to be regarded as a significant pillar on which cultural activity and exchange rests in developed societies. To a certain degree, communications & journalism research can at least contribute to make journalists and media practitioners aware of new challenges and help them to use shrinking resources in the best possible way.

Research funding institutions like the Schweizer Nationalfonds (SNF - Swiss National Foundation) as well as its counterparts in the Baltic countries, in Eastern and Southeastern Europe - among them also governmental departments of science, technology or cultural affairs - spend each year considerable sums to support communications and media research - so far without ensuring that research results gained with taxpayer money arrive in newsrooms or society at large. The European Journalism Observatory aims to address this problem in the new convergent and Web-based media world - with the goal to support the work of quality conscious journalists, other media practitioners and students who are interested in research results.

EJO is becoming more and more a network of research institutes. analyzing developments in international media systems and journalism cultures - in addition to training young journalists and media researchers to facilitate the transfer of knowledge. With its broad, multifaceted and multi-channel approach, this network is a low-budget project which brings researchers and media practitioners from different European countries and cultures together and which serves as an international platform for information exchange.

Our SCOPES-proposal is aimed at creating such a network of cooperating research institutions and journalism training facilities in Baltic, Central Eastern and Southeastern European countries with partners interested in improving journalism through an increased transfer of research among journalists and newsrooms, utilizing old and new media, particularly the Internet, as a platform for professional exchange and growth. The partnering East-European countries are Albania, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Switzerland (Europe)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Die Rückkehr der Patrons NZZ German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media Erst zahlen, dann lesen NZZ German-speaking Switzerland 2013
Media relations: print media, online media "Entrepreneurial Journalism" in Europa Der Journalistik Journal International 2012

Abstract

Research funding institutions spend considerable sums each year to support media/journalism research, so far without ensuring reliably that research results gained with taxpayer money arrive in newsrooms or society at large. The European Journalism Observatory aims to address this problem in the new convergent and Web-based media world - with the goal to support the work of researchers and students, of quality conscious journalists and other media practitioners who are interested in research results across cultural and language barriers. EJO is becoming more and more a network of research institutes, analyzing developments in international media systems and journalism cultures in addition to training young journalists and media researchers to facilitate the transfer of knowledge. With its broad, multifaceted and multi-channel approach, this network is a low-budget project which brings researchers and media practitioners from different European countries and cultures together and which serves as an international platform for information exchange. Our SCOPES-proposal is aimed at enlarging this network of cooperating research institutions and journalism training facilities to Baltic, Central Eastern and South-Eastern European countries. All new partners share the interest in making research more visible and in improving journalism through an increased transfer of research among journalists and newsrooms, utilizing old and new media, particularly the Internet, as a platform for professional exchange and growth.
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