Explores patterns of interaction between the mass media and identity formation in the context of Europeanization. On the one hand, the major contribution of the volume is a comprehensive framework that considers media impacts on four levels of identity: European, regional, national, and ethnic minority identities. On the other hand, authors offer cutting edge analysis of the structural transformation of European media institutions, and policies that shape the future of European media. The book conceptualizes how transnational European publics should and could be created in an environment that does not feature any significant pan-European commercial and public service media as we know these institutions from the experience of nation states. Normative conceptualizations of the European publics are juxtaposed to empirical analyses of editorial practice, i.e., the ways journalists and political elites actually represent European matters in their respective national media.
Miklos Sukosd, Associate Professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong
Introduction Part I The European Public Sphere and European Integration The Transnationalization/Europeanization of Public Spheres What is Europe? Geographies of Journalism Media Representations of EU Matters in National Media Systems - The Hungarian Case Transnational European Media: Overcoming National Barriers to European Publics The Hungarian Press System in Romania: The World of the Operators Romani Media in Eastern Europe Part II National and Transnational Identities The Media and Nationalism, East and West The Politics of Belonging: Identity Anxiety in the European Union European Media and the Culture of Europeanness Pan-European, Regional and National Identities in the Eurovision Song Contest Part III European Media Policy: Boon or Barrier to European Integration? European Melting Pots? European Integration and EU Audiovisual Policy at a Crossroads Which Frontiers for EU Media Policy: An Assessment in the context of the European Project The Clash of Rationalities: Media Pluralism in European Regulatory Policies Digital Television and Its Effect on European Identities Conclusions Contributors Index