Global Handbook of Media Accountability published

A publication co-edited by the Erich Brost Institute (EBI) has been published by the renowned Routledge publishing house: The 600-page "The Global Handbook of Media Accountability", edited by EBI director Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler together with Prof. Dr. Matthias Karmasin and Dr. Tobias Eberwein of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The project consortium, which involved about 90 researchers from all regions of the world, examined structures of media (self-) regulation, media accountability and media transparency in 44 countries across the globe. The country reports form the basis for the first academic comparison of media accountability in all regions of the world. Based on the results of the country reports, Prof. Dr. Susanne Fengler has developed eight models of different media accountability systems found globally.

"The Global Handbook of Media Accountability" is intended to facilitate further research and makes recommendations for journalists, journalism training, media managers and media policy. A summary of the most important results is available here.

The handbook was presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in Paris at the end of May. In a joint panel, Susanne Fengler, her fellow editors and members of the project's Advisory Board presented selected insights into media accountability structures in all regions of the world. In another presentation, Fengler, together with EBI researcher Dominik Speck, presented the results of the global comparison of qualitative country studies and the eight models of different media accountability systems.

The EBI is one of the world's leading research institutions in the field of media accountability. In various research and practice projects since 2009, the EBI has scrutinized newsrooms, press and media councils, media ombudsmen, media criticism and digital forms of media accountability for this purpose and thus researched instruments and practices of media (self-)regulation in Europe and elsewhere in the world.