Media; media quality; News media; media performance; democracy; democratic society
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“The public role of the media in a democratic society applies to the news sector above all others, since the quality of the news received will affect the ability of citizens to contribute to and participate in the decision-making processes which concern them.” According to the recently published report of the High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism, established by the European Commission in 2011, the news media have the duty to provide citizens with the information they need in order to participate in democratic processes. The definition of news quality, therefore, goes along with the functions of the media in a democracy. However, so far, there is no comprehensive study on the democratic performance of news media, its main factors of influence within the media and the political system, and against the background of audience behavior.The project breaks new ground in that it seeks to develop a standard instrument for the evaluation of the media’s democratic performance, based on an international comparison of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Moreover, the project provides unique and novel perspectives in modelling the theoretical and methodological basis of research on media quality:•The functions of public communication that are essential to democracy are defined according to an up-to-date-concept of democracy, which broadens the liberal conception of democracy (as established in the constitution of most Western countries) by elements of participatory theories of democracy: legitimacy through criticism and control, forum of political competition, integration of the citizenry. Thus, central standards for the evaluation of media performance can be derived from these functions: relevance, diversity and deliberation.•Based on an extensive content analysis of political coverage, the research concept comprises all media types relevant to the formation of information and opinion, and it integrates the most important standards of media performance into one inquiry. •The research concept uses media external benchmarks to assess media performance. In order to evaluate the performance concerning relevance, it will be determined how exhaustively or selectively the media cover issues related to the political agenda (government and parliamentary parties). In terms of diversity, the range of value frames in media coverage will be compared to the diversity of normative positions of parties and of different social milieus. Concerning deliberation, professional standards such as sophistication or references to opposing positions will be examined. •The project merges research on media performance with comparative communication research - two research areas that have been surprisingly unconnected by now. Focusing on highly similar cases with different outcomes and using multilevel modelling, comparative research helps to identify the political, economic and organizational factors that shape media performance. The results of the project are not only important to academia, but also to journalism practice and media policy.