The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) is a research center for the study of media, communication, and information policy and its impact on society and practice. Founded in 2004 as the Center for Media and Communication Studies, CMDS is part of CEU’s School of Public Policy and serves as a focal point for an international network of acclaimed scholars, research institutions and activists.
Organized by Radio Romania, Public Broadcasters International (PBI) held this week its annual conference in Sinaia, Romania, to discuss key trends and challenges for public broadcasters. Marius Dragomir, director of CMDS spoke at a panel put together by Public Media Alliance (PMA), a membership association of 102 TV and radio broadcasting organizations with a public service remit, stretching across 54 countries.
Marius Dragomir's article "Control the money, control the media: How government uses funding to keep media in line" has been published by SAGE Journalism. As Dragomir writes in the abstract of the paper, "the media industry has been ravaged by the economic crises. Some media, mainly those covering tabloid fare and digitally savvier than others or those backed by deep-pocketed investors, are surviving or even thriving.
The threats to independent journalism no longer come only from direct forms of state control. Where advocates of a vibrant public sphere once mobilized against the suppression and censorship of news, they now must also contend with the more complex challenge of media capture, the topic of a new book, In the Service of Power; Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy published by the Center for International Media Assistance and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.