This collective effort of Central and Eastern European (CEE) scholars investigates and compares journalism cultures in a selection of CEE countries. Simultaneously with dramatic societal and political changes, CEE journalisms undergo a technological revolution and the global repercussions of the economic crisis. According to the authors of this volume, the national cultural factors and traditions play an important role in professionalization and democratization of journalism cultures. The book critically examines some of the identified developments, such as shifting roles and functions of the media and journalists or interpretations of occupational self-regulation as genuine phenomena of CEE journalisms rather than deviations from the Western professional ideology of journalism.
Michal Glowacki is an Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw (Poland). Epp Lauk is a Professor of Journalism at the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland). Aukse Balcytiene is a Professor of Journalism at Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania).
Contents: Aukse Balcytiene/Epp Lauk/Michal Glowacki: Roller coasters of social change, democracy and journalism in Central and Eastern Europe - Miklos Sukoesd: "East" of "West" - Media in Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia and China: multiple post-communisms and shifting geopolitical realities - Vaclav Stetka: The watchdogs that only bark? Media and political accountability in Central and Eastern Europe - Peter Bajomi-Lazar: How the internet changes journalism: some trends in the "West" and "East" - Agnieszka Stepinska/Michal Glowacki: Professional roles, context factors and responsibility across generations of Polish journalists - Natalia Milewski/Paulina Barczyszyn/Epp Lauk: Three countries, one profession: the journalism cultures in Poland, Romania and Moldova - Bissera Zankova/Svetlozar Kirilov: Watchdog or underdog: how ethical is the Bulgarian media? - Miroljub Radojkovic/Ana Milojevic/Aleksandra Ugrinic: Journalism in crisis: the case of Serbia - Svetlana Pasti: Russian journalism as a social lift: comparing journalistic attitudes in the period 1992-2008 - Epp Lauk: Similar, but so different: the practices of press councils in Estonia and Finland.