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Training tool

Online Training Tool

The MediaAcT consortium developed an Online Training Tool to encourage journalism educators to teach courses on media accountability, and to enable students across Europe and beyond to interactive online studies of our subject.

The Online Training Tool contains a full seminar of 14 presentations (see below) on media accountability and transparancy in Europe and beyond (including Q&A, further reading assingments, and multimedia elements) as well as a glossary with the most important key terms and a broad sample of national case studies to compare ethical problems and dilemmas from an international perspective.

The Online Training Tool is defined as a collection of material, which can be used individually by teachers and scholars.

Session No. 1: Introduction – Basic Concepts and Theoretical Foundations of Media Accountability
The first session “Introduction” provides a broad overview about the most important definitions, concepts and models of media accountability and transparancy and furthermore points out the political and scientific relevance of these topics in a changing media environment.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 2: Ethical challenges in journalism and Media Accountability – Recent cases
The second session “Recent cases” deals with several media ethical problems and dilemmas from countries in Europe and refers to key issues in journalism like freedom of expression, freedom of information, copyright, protecting sources and conflict of interest.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 3: Back to the future – From the state of the art to new theoretical concepts in Media Accountability research
The third session “Back to the future” contains an overview about the theoretical framework of the research on media accountability. Furthermore it shows the developments from the state of the art to new theoretical concepts in media accountability research.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 4: Theoretical perspectives – Systemic and comparative approach of the Media, Field theory
The fourth session provides a broad overview about systemic and comparative approach of the media and furthermore presents the Bourdieu’s Field Theory as a theoretical framework to analyze Media Accountability.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 5: MAI on the professional level (Part 1) – Press Councils, ombudsmen and letters to the editors
The fifth session presents a sample of Media Accountability Instruments on the professional level like Press Councils, ombudsmen and letters to the editor. Furthermore the session explains the instrument’s characteristics and gives examples for their use.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 6: MAI on the professional level (Part 2) – Codes of ethics
The sixth session presents more Media Accountability Instruments on the professional level and focuses on Codes of Ethics in Europe and beyond.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 7: MAI on the organizational level (Part 1) – Theory
The seventh session provides a broad overview of several Media Accountability Instruments on the organizational level, focuses on the theoretical framework and presents definitions of different stakeholders of accountability.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 8: MAI on the organizational level (Part 2) – Practices
The eighth session provides a broad overview of several Media Accountability Instruments on the organizational level and focuses on practical examples of newsroom instruments in many European countries.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 9: Online and participative MAI (Part 1)
The ninth session “Online Media Accountability instruments – Within the newsroom” deals with many examples of online and participative Media Accountability Instruments, concentrates on MAIS inside the newsroom and presents most striking results from different MediaAcT reports.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 10: Online and participative MAI (Part 2)
The tenth session “Online Media Accountability instruments – Beyond the newsroom” deals with many examples of online and participative Media Accountability Instruments, focuses on MAIs outside the newsroom and presents most striking results from different MediaAcT reports.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 11: Media Accountability in Northern Europe and the Anglo-American World
The eleventh session provides an analysis of the cultures of Media Accountability based on the concept of Hallin and Mancini with a focus on Northern Europe and the Anglo-American World.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 12: Media Accountability in Southern and Central/Eastern Europe
The twelfth session provides an analysis of the cultures of Media Accountability based on the concept of Hallin and Mancini with a focus on Southern and Central/Eastern Europe.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 13: Media Accountability in Authoritarian and Transitional Systems – The Cases of Jordan and Tunisia
The thirteenth session focuses on Media Accountability and Transperency in the Arab World and concentrates on the countries of Jordan and Tunisia to compare the developments after the uprising with Europe.
PowerPoint   /   Q&A   /   Further reading

Session No. 14: Last Assignment
The fourteenth session focuses on the ethical dilemmas presented in the second session with the background of session No. 3 to No. 13 and makes suggestions to create national case studies about problems of Media Accountability and Transparency.
PowerPoint

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Case studies on media ethical dilemmas and best practice examples in Europe

These case studies concentrate on media ethical dilemmas in national contexts and follow the questions: (1) What happened? (2) What was the reaction? (3) Which effects had have Media Accountability Instruments (MAIs) for the solution? Further best practice examples of media accountability and transparency are available in the Best Practice Guidebook.

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