Research Papers


The Public Media Alliance gathers research papers on public service media and policy from around the world

These papers cover a wide range of topics, such as the mounting challenges faced by TV and radio outlets due to diminishing budgets and converging media, as well as the perennial issues of independence and impartiality.

Is there a recent paper we have missed? Please get in touch, we would be pleased to review it here. Also see our publications section for our own research reports and handbooks on broadcasting. We also keep track of research news and calls for papers.

Some of the following pages contain links to articles that require an institutional log-in to view. Please refer to your University or employer if this is the case.

Website: Humanitarian Journalism

The Humanitarian Journalism project is seeking to better understand how the news media report on humanitarian crises and what shapes their coverage.

PSM research websites

Here you will find a number of recommended organisations that specialise in PSM and other relevant media research.

Policy Websites

This space is dedicated to recommended public media policy websites.

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy

August 2017
This brilliant collection of essays explores media capture and the multifaceted threats facing independent journalism, beyond those posed by direct state control.

Far-Right Nationalism and Populism in Europe: Assaults on Press Freedom

May 2017
New research from the University of Vienna shows that growing support for far-right groups and populist politicians poses a severe threat to journalism across Europe.

The Future of Public Service Broadcasting in Bosnia and Herzegovina

June 2017
This working paper explores the future of public service broadcasting (PSB) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in light of the complex situation it is currently facing.