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Welcome to Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship
A conference hosted by Webster Vienna Private University 10-12 September, 2015

We have lined up a diverse group of academics, media professionals, IGO and NGO representatives and students to critically analyze:

  • All aspects of overt and covert control of communication
  • Concentration of ownership
  • Advertiser, commercial, financial and political influences
  • Agenda-setting, framing, technological and organizational constraints
  • Media empowerment

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Friday, September 11 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Hidden Ownership / Hidden Pressures

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Kwak: University of Sydney, Australia
Corporate influence on the media in South Korea: The case of Samsung: Since 1987, when South Korea achieved partial democracy, the state-media relationship has undergone a revolutionary change during a period of democratisation. However, it is questionable if the same phrase can be applied to the relationship between the business conglomerates and the media. In order to maintain their dominance of the market, mainstream (conservative) newspapers have consistently supported business conglomerates.

Degirmenci & Parlak: Pamukkale University, Turkey 
From Doxasophus to victim journalists: Zaman newspaper journalists’ discursive metamorphosis: The Zaman newspaper is part of a media group which is directly aligned with the US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen (and his movement, the Gülen Movement). In February 2011, Turkish police raided the OdaTV website and the homes of its owner and the journalists, and accused them of attempting to launch a coup against the government headed by Tayyip Erdogan. In this paper, we will explain the differentiation of Zaman newspaper's evaluation of the arrest of the journalists in 2011 and in 2014 through its relationship with the government. We will focus on how they built a discursive approach to the issues and explain those via examples from the articles.

Labarthe: Academy of Journalism and Media, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Swiss investigative journalists under surveillance: Lessons learnt from 2014: In the field of journalism studies in Switzerland, few academic researchers have studied the influence of media concentration phenomena on contemporary journalistic production, quality and diversity of the press (Bonfadelli, Keel, Marr & Wyss, 2011). The way it affects the working conditions of Swiss investigative journalists in particular remains completely unexplored (Labarthe, 2012, 2014; Dubied et al., 2015). How do Swiss investigative journalists cope with ever shrinking time for information research, in view of the media’s current financial struggles and the acceleration of news production and consumption? These questions lie at the heart of the PhD thesis that the author is currently completing at the University of Neuchatel’s Academy of Journalism and Media (qualitative communication research methods, participant observation, ethnographic and narrative interviews).

Moderator: Michael Freund


Ki-Sung Kwak

Associate Professor, East Asian/Korean Media, School of Languages and Cultures
Dr. Ki-Sung Kwak has published widely on media policy and regulation, and comparative media in East Asia. His works have been published in journals such as Television and New Media, Gazette: International Journal for Communication Studies, Media International Australia and WPCC. He is the author of Media and Democratic Transition in South Korea (Routledge, 2012).
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Researcher, trainer, doctoral assistant, Academy of Journalism and Media
Gilles Labarthe is an academic researcher and journalism trainer at the Academy of Journalism and Media (AJM, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland), specialized in investigations and access to governmental information. | As a freelance journalist and co-founder of an independent news agency, DATAS, accredited to the United Nations Office, Geneva (www.datas.ch), he has worked for Radio Suisse Romande (Swiss National Radio), Swiss daily... Read More →

Nigar Degirmenci & Ismet Parlak

Pamukkale University, Turkey
Dr. Nigar Degirmenci studied at the Ege University (Izmir, Turkey) where she graduated at the Communication Faculty. She obtained a PhD degree in Political and Social Sciences from the Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir, Turkey) with a thesis entitled “Media and Democracy in Turkey” in 2010. Her research fields are political communication, gender and political life in Turkey. She has published articles and book chapters about media... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 9:00am - 10:15am

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