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

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