The Constitutional Court on the Catalan Statute

June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Next week Marta Montagut will be presenting in Pamplona a contribution on how radio in Catalonia treated the Constitutional Court sentence on the Catalan Statute. The research is part of the project “The media construction of political and territorial conflict in Spain. Studying discourses and narratives” (CSO-2010-20047).

The Constitutional Court on the Catalan Statute. Radio diversities

Marta Montagut & Enric Castelló

ECREA Journalism Studies Section Conference – 2011
Diversity of Journalisms: Shaping complex media landscapes
Pamplona (Spain), 4th & 5th July, 2011

Abstract

This research will present part of the results on the analysis of radio journalism about the sentence of the Spanish Constitutional Court on the Catalan Statute, the June 28th 2010, and is part of the project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation CSO2010-20047, “The media construction of political and territorial conflicts in Spain: a study on discourses and narratives”. Prior to the radio content analysis, we have conducted in-depth interviews with radio editors and political party public relations in order to know about editor’s strategies to get privileged information and parties’ strategies to have influence on the political news. The media reported on this topic during days with a wide diversity of treatments which depended on several factors. In particular, we focused on the main four morning talk radio shows aired during the first week after the sentence. We applied a frame analysis framework to the content of the prime time programs with the aim of establishing the main frames that appear in the news and compare them with those spread by Catalan parties. The preliminary results offer a great diversity of treatment among the main radio stations regarding the framing. Moreover, this research stresses the intense role of radio journalists’ reframing in order to adapt the different arguments to the program and/or radiostation editorial line. We propose the concept of reframing as a central role in the journalist practice and define the concept as the journalists’ competence to read, understand, contextualize and transform the frames provided by political parties (or other sources) acting as frame sponsors. This skill can vary in intensity (weak/strong re-framer) and it will allow us to analise a wide diversity of journalistic practices and to clarify the dependent attraction-rejection relationship between  journalists and political PR’s.

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Researching and publishing in small nations

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I recently participated in the International Conference on Media and Culture in Small Nations Cyfrwng/Media Wales Conference 2011, held by the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff (UK). The conference was pretty interesting with delegates from a wide range of countries and touching very diverse topics related to the main focus of the conference. I was talking about researching and publishing in small countries context.

Media Studies in Catalonia: Researching, Publishing… Competing

Enric Castelló

Abstract

This paper offers an evaluation of the development of communication and media studies in Catalonia in recent years, a period during which it has increased in terms of quantity, quality and competitiveness. During the nineties, as several authors have noted,[1] there was clear growth in research in communication and media studies in Catalonia. Despite this, the impact of its output in international journals in the field can be described as scant or irrelevant. One meaningful indicator of this is the fact that between 1996 and 2002 Catalan scholars in the field published only six articles in the journals indexed in the Science Citation Index. During this period, only two universities in Catalonia offered courses and carried research in media and communication.

But media, communication and cultural studies have experienced significant growth in the country and the broader Catalan-speaking area (including Valencia and Balearic Islands) since then. Currently, seventeen universities in this area offer degrees in journalism, television, radio, film, advertising, public relations and cultural studies. This expansion has meant the creation of new departments and research centres and a huge increase in the number of scholars working in the field, especially young researchers.

In the last few years this growth, together with what has been labelled as “ANECA effect”,[2] has also led to an increase in production in terms of published articles. But what is perhaps most important is the increasingly high standards demanded by the main Catalan journals in terms of quality. In 2008 none of the existing media and communication journals in Catalonia applied blind peer review, they were published almost exclusively in Catalan with a token presence of Spanish and the topics were closely related to local concerns and research issues. In 2009, several initiatives were undertaken to usher in a new stage, improving both the selection and quality of articles and including abstracts in English in several journals or publishing articles directly in this lingua franca. Some of them promoted the translation into English of their articles, others began a more serious reviewing process, a new journal in the field was born completely in English and published in United Kingdom and another journal was started in 2010 a new period with English translations of the abstracts.

The new promising outlook has fuelled competition among the universities and journals in terms of publishing the best quality Catalan communication research, but it is also facing new handicaps such as the imbalance balance between quantity and quality of articles, the downgrading of Catalan as a language for research and study, the problems involved in sustaining so much publication activity, the constant administrative pressures arising from the evaluation of researchers in quantitative terms, and the relative smallness of the existing research community.


[1] Jones, Daniel E. (2000) Informe Investigació sobre Comunicació a Catalunya els anys noranta. X Conferència de la Societat Catalana de Comunicació. Girona, [accés 17 de novembre de 2009: http://www.iecat.net/institucio/societats/SCComunicacio/activit/girona/Jonesinform.htm%5D; Berrio, Jordi (1997) (ed.) Un Segle de recerca sobre comunicació a Catalunya : estudi crític dels principals àmbits d’investigació de la comunicació de massa. Cerdanyola del Vallés: UAB. Servei de Publicacions.

[2] Soriano, Jaume (2008) El efecto ANECA. Actas y memoria final : Congreso Internacional Fundacional AE-IC, Santiago de Compostela, 30, 31 de enero y 1 de febrero de 2008, 2008, ISBN 978-84-612-3816-3; Massip, Pere (2011) Los efectos del efecto Aneca: producción española en Comunicación en el Social science citation index. Anuario ThinkEPI, 5. The ANECA effect refers to the consequences for the research and the researchers of the new system of evaluation of ANECA –Spanish agency of quality for the universities.

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