Abstract

Media and journalism are expected to fulfill an important social function by contributing to the self-observation of modern societies. However, the realization of this function is often aggravated by various context factors: Current debates about politically charged catchwords like “fake news” provide evidence of an eroding trust in professional media actors around the globe. The progressing economization of newswork threatens the financial basis of journalism. And technological change leads to further new challenges: Can journalistic information be reliable at all in a time of digital content production?

In this situation, many media scholars – as well as practitioners – are calling for a fundamental redefinition of journalism’s identity and its professional purpose. Rather than following the general obsession with speed, which is characteristic for many online news platforms, they argue that deceleration is the key to help journalism (re)gain trust – and to fulfill its social function in the best possible way. Particularly high hopes are nourished by the approach of a narrative journalism, using literary techniques that are often said to have multifaceted positive effects – for example in order to generate attention for certain topics and communicate them in a most comprehensible manner. At the same time, however, literary approaches to journalism regularly cause considerable criticism, particularly when they contribute to blurring the sacred boundaries between fact and fiction.

Although the research about literary journalism has a long tradition, particularly in the Anglo-Saxon world, the concept is not widespread in the German-speaking world. The project “Telling it right: The ethics of narrative journalism” tries to tackle this void with a succession theoretical and empirical studies that illuminate both the traditions and the present of literary journalism in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. A special focus is put on the normative challenges of journalistic storytelling that can be illustrated, for example, with the help of an analysis of the recent case of the pseudo-reporter Claas Relotius.

Financing

Own funds

CMC Staff

Tobias Eberwein (Project Leader)

Susanne Behrens

Cooperation Partners

University of Bamberg, Institute for Communication Studies

International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS)

Lectures

Lectures

  • 27/05/2022 , Paris
    Dobek-Ostrowska, B. Eberwein, T.
    Media accountability in Western European countries and Post-Soviet states
    Annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)
  • 29/10/2021 , Jönköping
    Barthel, S.
    The quest for accountable media: Can media accountability instruments support sustainable newsrooms?
    Emma Conference 2021: Media Management and Sustainability
  • 15/09/2021 , München
    Barthel, S.
    Comparing online news media accountability instruments in Austria
    Doktorand:innen-Workshop im Rahmen der Jahrestagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe Journalistik/Journalismusforschung
  • 11/07/2019 , Paris
    Eberwein, Tobias
    User participation is both the problem and the cure! A nuanced view on web-based media accountability processes
    5th World Journalism Education Congress
  • 08/07/2019 , Madrid
    Fengler, S. Eberwein, T. Speck, D.
    De-westernizing media accountability research
    Annual conference of the International Association for Media Communication Research
  • 15/06/2018 , Berlin
    Fengler, Susanne Eberwein, Tobias Karmasin, Matthias
    Media accountability – a global perspective beyond ‘The West’. Introductory talk.
    Workshop „Media and Transparency – A Global Perspective“ following the Herrenhausen Conference
  • 12/04/2017 , St. Petersburg
    Eberwein, Tobias Fengler, Susanne Karmasin, Matthias
    Transformations of media self-regulation - a comparative view
    5th international conference "Comparative Media Studies in Today’s World"
  • 31/03/2017 , Düsseldorf
    Eberwein, Tobias Fengler, Susanne Karmasin, Matthias
    Vernetzung der Medien(selbst)regulierung: Eine vergleichende Analyse von Media-Accountability-Strukturen in 30 europäischen Staaten [Networks of media (self-)regulation. A comparative analysis of media accountability structures in 30 European states]
    62th Annual Conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)
  • 08/11/2016 , Prague
    Eberwein, Tobias Fengler, Susanne Karmasin, Matthias
    Media accountability in Europe. Results from a 33-country study
    ECREA 2016 preconference : "Media Accountability at the Crossroads: European Challenges and Perspectives"
  • 06/10/2016 , Milan
    Eberwein, Tobias
    The accountable journalist 2.0. Monitoring newsroom responsibility in the digital age
    5th International Conference on Social Responsibility, Ethics and Sustainable Business
  • 10/06/2016 , Fukuoka
    Eberwein, Tobias Fengler, Susanne Kaufmann, Katja Brinkmann, Janis Karmasin, Matthias
    Measuring media accountability in Europe: A comparative study of infrastructures of media self-regulation in 30 European states
    Annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)
  • 13/11/2014 , Lisbon
    Eberwein, Tobias Fengler, Susanne Karmasin, Matthias
    Beyond the system boundary: Towards a transcultural theory of media accountability.
    5th European Communication Conference (ECREA)
  • 28/05/2014 , Passau
    Eberwein, Tobias Fengler, Susanne Karmasin, Matthias
    (Selbst-) Regulierung digitaler Öffentlichkeit(en). Medienpolitische Implikationen einer internationalen Vergleichsstudie [(Self-) regulation of digital public(s). Media-political implications of an international comparative study]
    59th annual conference of the German Communication Association (DGPuK)
  • 22/02/2014 , Münster
    Karmasin, Matthias Fengler, Susanne Lönnendonker, Julia Willner, Anja-Kristin Eberwein, Tobias
    Redaktionelle Transparenz und Vertrauen in Journalismus. Ergebnisse einer komparativen Kommunikatorstudie [Editorial transparency and trust in journalism. Results of a comparative communicator study]
    Tagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe Journalistik/Journalismusforschung: Vertrauen im Journalismus
  • 13/02/2014 , Munich
    Karmasin, Matthias Fengler, Susanne Eberwein, Tobias
    Gender or Culture? Zu geschlechtsspezifischen Differenzen von Verantwortungswahrnehmung in europäischen Redaktionen [Gender or Culture? Gender-related differences of responsibility perception in European editorial offices]
    DGPuK Fachgruppentagung 2013/2014: Medien, Ethik und Geschlecht - Zur Frage nach Gerechtigkeit und Vielfalt in der Medienwelt
  • 10/05/2013 , Mainz
    Karmasin, Matthias Fengler, Susanne
    Grenzenlose Journalismusethik? Journalisten und ihre Einstellung zu Medienselbstkontrolle und Media Accountability - eine internationale Vergleichsstudie
    Von der Gutenberg-Galaxis zur Google-Galaxis. Alte und neue Grenzvermessungen nach 50 Jahren DGPuK. 58. Jahrestagung der DGPuK
  • 14/02/2013 , Munich
    Karmasin, Matthias Fengler, Susanne Eberwein, Tobias Porlezza, Colin Ruß-Mohl, Stephan
    Eine Frage des Gewissens? Zur Wirksamkeit journalistischer Selbstregulierung unter den Bedingungen des Medienwandels
    Neuvermessung der Medienethik. Jahrestagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe Kommunikations- und Medienethik und des Netzwerks Medienethik

Books and Monographs

Books and Monographs

  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.). (2022). The global handbook of media accountability. London, New York: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429326943
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.). (2019). Media accountability in the era of post-truth politics. European challenges and perspectives. London / New York: Routledge.
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.). (2018). The European handbook of media accountability. London, New York: Routledge.
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Mazzoleni, G., Porlezza, C., & Ruß-Mohl, S. (Eds.). (2014). Journalists and media accountability: An international study of news people in the digital age. New York: Peter Lang.

Articles and Book Chapters

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Eberwein, T., & Brinkmann, J. (2022). Germany: Beyond the beacon. In S. Fengler, Eberwein, T., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), The global handbook of media accountability (pp. 120 -130). London; New York: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429326943-12
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (2022). Overview: Western Europe. In S. Fengler, Eberwein, T., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), The global handbook of media accountability (pp. 109 - 110). London; New York: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429326943-10
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Karmasin, M., Barthel, S., & Speck, D. (2022). Media accountability: A global perspective. In S. Fengler, Eberwein, T., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), The global handbook of media accountability (pp. 3 - 57). London; New York: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429326943-2
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Karmasin, M., Barthel, S., & Speck, D. (2022). Summary of country chapters. In S. Fengler, Eberwein, T., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), The global handbook of media accountability (pp. 525 - 548). London; New York: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780429326943-61
  • Eberwein, T. (2020). Medienselbstkontrolle [Media self-control]. In J. Krone & Pellegrini, T. (Eds.), Handbuch Medienökonomie (pp. 1493-1509). Wiesbaden: Springer VS. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-09632-8_72-1
  • Eberwein, T. (2019). Press councils. In T. P. Vos & Hanusch, F. (Eds.), The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies. Oxford / Malden: Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781118841570.iejs0103
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (2019). Theory and practice of media accountability in Europe: an introductory overview. In T. Eberwein, Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), Media accountability in the era of post-truth politics: European challenges and perspectives. London / New York: Routledge.
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (2018). Vernetzung der Medien(selbst)regulierung. Eine vergleichende Analyse von Media-Accountability-Strukturen in 30 europäischen Staaten [Integrating media (self) regulation. A comparative analysis of media accountability structures in 30 European countries]. In C. Eilders, Jandura, O., Bause, H., & Frieß, D. (Eds.), Vernetzung. Stabilität und Wandel gesellschaftlicher Kommunikation (pp. 268-287). Köln: Herbert von Halem.
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (2018). Introduction: Putting media accountability on the map. In T. Eberwein, Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), The European handbook of media accountability (pp. 1-6). London, New York: Routledge.
  • Karmasin, M., Bichler, K., & Kaltenbrunner, A. (2018). Austria: Back on the democratic corporatist road?. In T. Eberwein, Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), The European handbook of media accountability (pp. 7-13). London, New York: Routledge.
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., Bastian, M., & Brinkmann, J. (2018). Germany: Disregarded diversity. In T. Eberwein, Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), The European handbook of media accountability (pp. 90-98). London, New York: Routledge.
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., Kaufmann, K., Brinkmann, J., & Karmasin, M. (2018). Summary: Measuring media accountability in Europe – and beyond. In T. Eberwein, Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (Eds.), The European handbook of media accountability (pp. 285-300). London, New York: Routledge.
  • Kus, M., Eberwein, T., Porlezza, C., & Splendore, S. (2016). Training or improvisation? Citizen journalists and their educational background: A comparative view. Journalism Practice, 11, 355-372. doi:10.1080/17512786.2016.1221737
  • Eberwein, T., Evers, H., & Groenhart, H. (2015). Medienverantwortung und journalistische Transparenz: Optionen für Redaktionen im digitalen Umbruch [Media responsibility and journalistic transparency: Options for newsrooms in the digital transformation]. In P. Grimm, Keber, T., & Zöllner, O. (Eds.), Anonymität und Transparenz in der Digitalen Gesellschaft (pp. 117-131). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner.
  • Eberwein, T., Porlezza, C., & Splendore, S. (2015). Media as political actors. In G. Mazzoleni (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Political Communication (pp. 703-711). Oxford (UK), Malden (MA): Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Bichler, K., Karmasin, M., Alsius, S., Baisnée, O., et al. (2015). How effective is media self-regulation? Results from a comparative survey of European journalists. European Journal Of Communication, 30, 249-266.
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., & Karmasin, M. (2015). Praktisch wirkungslos? Perspektiven einer angewandten Medienethik [Practically ineffective? Perspectives of applied media ethics]. In M. Maring (Ed.), Vom Praktisch-Werden der Ethik in interdisziplinärer Sicht: Ansätze und Beispiele der Institutionalisierung, Konkretisierung und Implementierung der Ethik (pp. 85-104). Karlsruhe: KIT Scientific Publishing.
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., Karmasin, M., Porlezza, C., & Ruß-Mohl, S. (2015). Eine Frage des Gewissens? Zur Wirksamkeit journalistischer Selbstregulierung unter den Bedingungen des Medienwandels [A question of the conscience? The effectiveness of journalistic self-regulation under the conditions of media change]. In M. Prinzing, Rath, M., Schicha, C., & Stapf, I. (Eds.), Neuvermessung der Medienethik: Bilanz, Themen und Herausforderungen seit 2000 (pp. 223-242). Weinheim, Basel: Beltz Juventa.
  • Eberwein, T., & Porlezza, C. (2014). The missing link: Online media accountability practices and their implications for European media policy. Journal Of Information Policy. Special Issue. Contemporary Issues In European Media Policy, 421-443.
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Lönnendonker, J., & Schneider-Mombaur, L. (2014). Journalists, journalism ethics and media accountability: A comparative survey of 14 European and Arab countries. In W. N. Wyatt (Ed.), The ethics of journalism: Individual, institutional and cultural influences (pp. 85-105). London: I.B.Tauris.
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Leppik-Bork, T., Lönnendonker, J., & Pies, J. (2014). Introduction: Media accountability - basic concepts and theoretical foundations. In S. Fengler, Eberwein, T., Mazzoleni, G., Porlezza, C., & Ruß-Mohl, S. (Eds.), Journalists and media accountability: An international study of news people in the digital age (pp. 7-30). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Fengler, S., & Eberwein, T. (2014). Mapping media accountability - in Europe and beyond. In S. Fengler, Eberwein, T., Mazzoleni, G., Porlezza, C., & Ruß-Mohl, S. (Eds.), Journalists and media accountability: An international study of news people in the digital age (pp. 31-50). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Eberwein, T., Fengler, S., Philipp, S., & Ille, M. (2014). Counting media accountability - the concept and methodology of the MediaAcT Survey. In S. Fengler, Eberwein, T., Mazzoleni, G., Porlezza, C., & Ruß-Mohl, S. (Eds.), Journalists and media accountability: An international study of news people in the digital age (pp. 65-79). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Mazzoleni, G., Ruß-Mohl, S., & Porlezza, C. (2014). Summary: Perspectives for newsrooms, policy-makers and journalism educators. In S. Fengler, Eberwein, T., Mazzoleni, G., Porlezza, C., & Ruß-Mohl, S. (Eds.), Journalists and media accountability: An international study of news people in the digital age (pp. 265-289). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Eberwein, T. (2014). Journalistic quality as crowd wisdom? What journalists think about criticism on the social web. In M. Scheiber & Zimmermann, C. (Eds.), Journalism and technological change: Historical perspectives, contemporary trends (pp. 205-224). New York: Campus.
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., & Pies, J. (2014). Journalists, journalism ethics and media accountability: A comparative survey of 14 European and Arab countries. Journal Of Shanxi University (Philosophy And Social Science Edition), 72-80.
  • Fengler, S., Eberwein, T., Karmasin, M., & Ruß-Mohl, S. (2014). Grenzenlose Journalismusethik? Medienselbstkontrolle und Media Accountability im internationalen Vergleich [Journalism ethics without borders? Media self-regulation and media accountability - an international comparison]. In O. Quiring, Jackob, N., & Stark, B. (Eds.), Von der Gutenberg-Galaxis zur Google-Galaxis: Alte und neue Grenzvermessungen nach 50 Jahren DGPuK (pp. 269-287). Konstanz: UVK.
  • Koinig, I., Weder, F., & Karmasin, M. (2014). Wahrnehmung kommunikativer Verantwortung. Wie die Top 50 Unternehmen der D-A-CH-Region wirtschaftsethische Themen im Web behandeln und aufarbeiten [Perception of communicative responsibility. How the top 50 enterprises of the D-A-CH-Region treat and handle economic-ethical subjects in the web]. Medien Journal, 38, 52-68.
  • Murschetz, P., & Karmasin, M. (2014). Austria: Press subsidies in search of a new design. In P. Murschetz (Ed.), State aid for newspapers: Theories, cases, action (pp. 133-149). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Karmasin, M., & Kraus, D. (2014). Strategies for stakeholder management and crowdsourcing. In M. Glowacki & Jackson, L. (Eds.), Public media management for the twenty-first century (pp. 59-81). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Karmasin, M., & Weder, F. (2014). Stakeholder-Management als kommunikatives Beziehungsmanagement: Netzwerktheoretische Grundlagen der Unternehmenskommunikation [Stakeholder management as a communicative relation management: Network-theoretical bases of the enterprise communication]. In A. Zerfaß & Piwinger, M. (Eds.), Handbuch der Unternehmenskommunikation: Strategie - Management - Wertschöpfung (pp. 81-105). Wiesbaden: Springer/Gabler.
  • Karmasin, M., Bichler, K., & Kraus, D. (2013). Pro-active media accountability? - An Austrian perspective. Central European Journal Of Communication, 6, 5-16.

Research Papers

Research Papers

Popular Publications

Popular Publications

  • Eberwein, T. (2020). Österreich: Die Corona-Krise und die Medien. Ejo - European Journalism Observatory. Retrieved from https://de.ejo-online.eu/qualitaet-ethik/oesterreich-die-corona-krise-und-die-medien
  • Karmasin, M., Kraus, D., Kaltenbrunner, A., & Bichler, K. (2013). Innovative forms of media self-regulation on the internet. In A. Hulin & Stone, M. (Eds.), The online media self regulation guidebook (pp. 80-84). Wien: OSCE. Retrieved from http://www.osce.org/fom/99560
  • Bichler, K., Karmasin, M., Kraus, D., Mazzoleni, G., & Splendore, S. (2013). Proposal for an EU index of media accountability. Retrieved from http://www.mediaact.eu/

Popular Talks

Popular Talks

  • 20/04/2021 , Brasilia
    Eberwein, T.
    Communication and democracy in debate: Media accountability
    Podcast LabAudio/FAC
  • 18/10/2013 , Klagenfurt
    Karmasin, Matthias Mitschka, Konrad
    Wozu Public Value?
    Diskussion zum fünften Public Value Bericht des ORF
  • 23/09/2013 , WIen
    Karmasin, Matthias
    Sportberichterstattung und Public Value
    Dialogforum: Sportberichterstattung und Public Value
  • 06/06/2013 , Brussels
    Karmasin, Matthias
    Media monitoring for Europe?
    Mediaact final Conference
  • 06/06/2013 , Brussels
    Karmasin, Matthias
    Media accountability and recommendations for European policy makers
    Mediaact final conference
  • 03/06/2013 , Wien
    Karmasin, Matthias
    Medien zwischen Freiheit und Verantwortung-Braucht es ein EU-weites Monitoring?
    Presseclub Concordia: Medien zwischen Freiheit und Verantwortung