Title: Measuring the "Democratic" quality of radio news : experiences from Liberia
Authors : Spurk, Christoph
Lopata, Sharon
Keel, Guido
Published in : Journal of African Media Studies
Volume(Issue) : 2
Issue : 2
Pages : 173
Pages to: 192
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Intellect
Issue Date: 2010
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
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.
Departement: Angewandte Linguistik
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Media Studies (IAM)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1386/jams.2.2.173_1
ISSN: 2040-199X
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/7599
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Angewandte Linguistik

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