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The last season of The Wire drew particular attention from journalists given its setting at a fictional version of the Baltimore Sun, where show creator David Simon once worked. The concept of paradigm repair was used here to explain journalists’ responses to The Wire. Our qualitative analysis of articles from 44 newspapers, as well as radio transcripts, dealing with the 2008 season shows that a fictional challenge can precipitate vigorous efforts by journalists to restore their reputation after what they regard as an attack on their professional identity and credibility. The [real] Baltimore Sun and other papers where Simon’s journalistic nemeses worked were the most likely to call Simon vindictive and obsessed and to use this to marginalize his stinging critique of corporatized newsrooms.

How did journalists respond to the last season of The Wire – focused partly on journalism newsrooms? New research from the University of Maryland/Rhodes University:

The Wire and repair of the journalistic paradigm

This study tests the proposition that hostile interpretations of media content can be reduced through news media literacy training. Within the context of the controversy over the adoption of biofuels as an energy source, we employ a web-based experimental design that manipulates subjects’ exposure to media literacy training and then presents them with news coverage on the issue of biofuels. We find strong support for the notion that media literacy affects individuals’ perceptions of media credibility. Exposure to a media literacy video led to increased ratings of story credibility, as well as increased trust in the media to cover both the issue and the news more broadly. Implications of these results are discussed.

The aim of this paper is to systematize existing research on media reporting related to various aspects of citizenship, and to contribute with a primary analysis of media content, in order to define how the leading print media in four states (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and Serbia) reported on these issues. After establishing the profile of each state, this paper provides a profile of the analysed media, followed by a short summary of how these media reported on selected citizenship-related issues and topics. The main trends in media reporting were analysed within an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that includes the selected approaches / theories in media and communication studies, but also the studies on citizenship. The main assumption is that the mass media in the states under scrutiny, while reporting on citizenship-related issues, have mostly legitimized governments in determining their citizenship policies. Only in Montenegro and, to some extent, in Croatia, when it comes to external voting, have oppositional media outlets continuously criticized the “official” citizenship policies, while in other states the leading media discourses lack a polemical and critical stance towards citizenship-related issues.

The aim of this study is a two-fold. Firstly, I explore the Latvian PSB governance and management system in accordance with a normative framework of public value creation, based on the criteria derived from Moore’s seminal work but further developed for theoretical and practical applications here. The empirical analysis includes the identification of factors that characterize PSB governance, management and overall development trends in post-Soviet countries (e.g., Jakubowicz, 2004:63, 2005:9-10, 2008:101-102). They should be taken into account by adapting and implementing the public value management approach in different media and political systems. Secondly, I aim to elaborate recommendations on how to develop Latvian PSB system in accordance with applied public value as a theoretical concept and normative public service management tool. This part of the analysis also encompasses the identification of risk factors that would hinder or limit the development of post-soviet PSB organizations aligned with public value theoretical considerations.

Leva Beitika’s paper on Latvian PSB, from the 2012 RIPEat conference in Sydney.

Based on [Porter’s value chain] model, adaptations to the media sector have been undertaken and the steps of the value chain have been consequently called differently: production/creation (of content), packaging/production, distribution, and delivery/exhibition (e.g. Albarran, 2010: 57; Zerdick et al., 2001: 62ff). What is shared by authors adhering to this perspective and analytical tool is that value is understood as the “ability to command money or other goods in exchange for the commodity or service in the market.” (Picard, 1989: 35). Applying Porter’s economic value chain analysis to contemporary media and communication firms does not provide fully satisfactory results for three reasons…

Click through to read why… PDF of What value? Theorizing on business, public, and social values and testing it in ten countries by Josef Trappel, University of Salzburg.

For more papers from the 2012 RIPEat conference in Sydney, see here.