Bringing together both leading international scholars and emerging academic talent, Media Accountability in the Era of Post-Truth Politics maps the current state of media accountability in Europe and provides fresh perspectives for future developments in media and communication fields.

As the integrity of the international media landscape is challenged by far-reaching transformations and the rise of “fake news,” the need for a functional system of media regulation is greater than ever. This book addresses the pressing need to re-evaluate and redefine the notion of accountability in the fast-changing field of journalism and “information provision.” Using comparative research and empirical data, the book’s case studies address the notion of media accountability from various perspectives, considering political and societal change, economic, organisational and technological factors, and the changing role of media audiences. By collecting and juxtaposing these studies, the book provides a new discussion for the old question of how we can safeguard free and responsible media in Europe – a question that seems more urgent than ever.

Media Accountability in the Era of Post-Truth Politics is an essential read for students and researchers in journalism, media and communication studies.

part |2 pages

Concepts and classifications of media accountability

chapter |18 pages

European models of journalism regulation

A comparative classification

chapter |16 pages

The circular impact model

Conceptualising media accountability

part |2 pages

Political and societal challenges

chapter |14 pages

Media accountability in the era of fake news

Journalistic boundary work and its problems in Finland

chapter |16 pages

Press repeat

Media self-regulation in the United Kingdom after Leveson

chapter |16 pages

Media accountability meets media polarisation

A case study from Poland

part |2 pages

Economic and organisational challenges

part |2 pages

Technological challenges

chapter |15 pages

Involvement of private and civil society actors in media regulation processes

A comparison of all European Union member states

chapter |16 pages

Emerging structures of control for algorithms on the Internet

Distributed agency – distributed accountability

chapter |15 pages

Ensuring accountability and transparency in networked journalism

A critical analysis of collaborations between whistleblowing platforms and investigative journalism

part |2 pages

Perspectives: rethinking the role of the audience

chapter |12 pages

A wheelbarrow full of frogs

How media organisations in the Netherlands are dealing with online public complaints

chapter |15 pages

The battle over the living room

Constructing an accountable popular culture

chapter |11 pages

Media criticism in an African journalistic culture

An inventory of media accountability practices in Kenya