|Title:||Measuring the "Democratic" quality of radio news : experiences from Liberia|
|Authors :||Spurk, Christoph|
|Published in :||Journal of African Media Studies|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution :||Intellect|
|License (according to publishing contract) :||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Type of review:||Peer review (Publication)|
|Subjects :||Democracy; Quality criteria; Media journalism|
|Subject (DDC) :||070: News media, journalism and publishing|
|Abstract:||There is a general consensus that media are an essential element of democracy if they fulfil particular quality requirements in their reporting. Abundant literature deals with media quality from a theoretical perspective, but empirical knowledge on journalistic practice with regard to its role in democratization is rare, and this is even more so in the case of African countries. First, this article seeks to assess the quality of radio in Liberia, which is the country?s most popular medium. Second, the article tests a specific methodology in order to measure the contribution of radio to democracy. It argues that radio stations in Liberia strongly differ in their quality, each with specific shortcomings. These findings are confirmed by interviews with civil society representatives and by audience research.|
|Organisational Unit:||Institute of Applied Media Studies (IAM)|
|Publication type:||Article in scientific Journal|
|Appears in Collections:||Publikationen Angewandte Linguistik|
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