MediaDev effectiveness
Research, reports and articles about the effectiveness of media development (and development aid).
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American Political Science Association - SILVIO WAISBORD & ABIGAIL JONES
International Media Assistance and Aid Effectiveness: Conceptual Blindspots and Institutional Incentives
The volume of international media assistance (IMA) has significantly grown during the past two decades. Major donors, including the United States’ government, have increased support for initiatives aimed at fostering freedom of expression, media independence, diversity of opinion, democratic press legislation, investigative journalism, and equal access to information technologies. Yet, despite this explosion, we still know very little about the link between aid interventions and media transformations? This article analyzes how selected programs articulate broad media objectives with program goals and apply indicators to determine impact with the goal of understanding how media assistance goals are operationalized and measured, and how program goals are linked to broad objectives. Guided by the notion that institutions and institutional incentives matter in international aid, it is proposed that IMA program goals should not only be the reflection of normative arguments about desirable media structures and practices, and models of development and change. They also need to be viewed as the expression of the dynamics and organizational goals of aid institutions.

SAGE Journals - Timothy Neff and Victor Pickard

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"This study examines whether and how public media systems contribute to the health of democracies in 33 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, the Middle East, Latin America, and South America. We gather national economic data and public media funding levels, audience shares, and regulatory data, primarily for 2018 and 2019 but in some cases earlier, due to lack of available data. We then assess correlations with strength of democracy indices and extend Hallin and Mancini's typology of North American and European media systems through hierarchical cluster analysis of these 33 countries."


The Influence of News Coverage on Humanitarian Aid: The Bureaucrats’ Perspective
Taylor & Francis
This paper uses in-depth interviews with 30 directors and senior policymakers of 16 of the world's largest donor countries to examine how news coverage "influences governments’ humanitarian aid allocations, from the perspective of the senior bureaucrats involved in such decision-making."


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"This paper explores how it is possible to authoritatively report on events in one of the world’s most restrictive places for press freedom."

Technological University Dublin - DAIRE HIGGINS

"This thesis examines the impact on the Media Assistance sector of the arrival of digital technologies into the ‘information ecosystems’ in which it operates. Whereas historically in Media Assistance, broadcast media and the press have been the preferred (or available) media for achieving development objectives, digital technologies such as mobile phones and social media are radically altering the landscape of Media Assistance." (abstract)

Lexington Books - JAIRO LUGO-OCANDO

Foreign Aid and Journalism in the Global South: A Mouthpiece for Truth
Rowman & Littlefield
"[This book] examines the way in which foreign aid has shaped professional ideologies of journalism as part of systematic and orchestrated efforts since the beginning of the twentieth century to shape journalism as a political institution of the Global South. Foreign aid pushed for cultural convergence around a set of ideologies as a way of exporting ideology and expanding markets, reflecting the market society along with the expansion of U.S. power and culture across the globe.
Jairo Lugo-Ocando argues that these policies were not confined to the Cold War and were not a purely modern phenomenon; today’s journalism grammar was not invented in one place and spread to the rest, but was instead a forced colonial and post-colonial nation-building exercise that reflected both imposition and contestation to these attempts. As a result, Lugo-Ocando claims, journalism grammar and ideology differ between societies in the Global South, regardless of claims of universality." (publisher)


Peter Lang Verlag - International Media Development
This collection is the first of its kind on the topic of media development. It brings together luminary thinkers in the field—both researchers and practitioners—to reflect on how advocacy groups, researchers, the international community and others can work to ensure that media can continue to serve as a force of democracy and development. But that mission faces considerable challenges. Media development paradigms are still too frequently associated with Western prejudices, or out of touch with the digital age. As we move past Western blueprints and into an uncertain digital future, what does media development mean? If we are to act meaningfully to shape the future of our increasingly mediated societies, we must answer this question.

Stanford Social Innovation Review - ANYA SCHIFFRIN & ETHAN ZUCKERMAN

Can We Measure Media Impact? Surveying the Field (SSIR)
More and more news outlets rely on philanthropic funding. With such funding come new questions about the effect that media content has on citizens and policymakers. Traditional metrics, most observers agree, are insufficient. But the value of alternative metrics is an open issue. Two scholars analyze an array of current approaches to gauging whether and how news organizations make a difference in the world.


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