Adequate Information Management in Europe (AIM)

AIM Project Overview - A to Z: Research Design
To analyse the coherence and disparity of daily presentation of European Union news in newspapers and TV news casts within the participating countries (news agenda analysis).
To understand the decisions-making grounds for European Union news in the editorial offices within the spectrum of journalism cultures participating (interviews).
To analyse the production processes of European news at central headquarters at Brussels (interviews and observations).
To analyse relevant contexts of practical journalism involved and to align these insights with theoretical analysis (empirical surveys, cases studies).

The project work in practical terms was organized along different work packages (attributed to the individual project partners) and, again, sub-divided for better follow up in eleven so-called "deliverable" elements (the individual results that needed to be presented to the EU Commission, e.g. papers, conference proceedings etc.). These working steps our outlined in the following list:

D1 - State of the art reports summing up scientific discourses on information/news management, journalistic cultures, and European public sphere(s) (EPS) in the countries hosting the AIM partner institutes (available online at

D2 - Standardized Instruments for 1st field study describing the research instruments of the first field study analyzing the handling of EU news in the home newsrooms (not public) (see empirical research)

D3 - Publication Results - 1st field study analyzing the results of the 1st field study from a national and transnational perspective:

2006/1 AIM Research Consortium (ed.): Understanding the Logic of EU Reporting in Mass Media. Analysis of EU media coverage and interviews in editorial offices in Europe (publication on sale);

2007/2 AIM Research Consortium (ed.): Comparing the Logic of EU Reporting in Mass Media across Europe. Transnational analysis of EU media coverage and of interviews in editorial offices in Europe (publication on sale).

D4 - Standardized Instruments for 2nd field study describing the research instruments of the second field study analyzing EU reporting in Brussels (not public) (see empirical research)

D5 - Publication Results 2nd Field Study: analyzing the results of the 2nd field study from a national and transnational perspective

2007/3 AIM Research Consortium (ed.): Understanding the Logic of EU Reporting from Brussels. Analysis of interviews with EU correspondents and spokespersons C.

2007/4 AIM Research Consortium (ed.): Comparing the Logic of EU Reporting from Brussels. Transnational analysis of EU reporting in Brussels. (forthcoming)

D6 - Discussion Theory "European Public Sphere": review of the debate with regard to (a) European Public Sphere (s) and theoretical positioning of the AIM-project (for more information visit:

D7 - Science and Public (Knowledge Transfer): a coherent communication concept for the results of the AIM project was designed and implemented (not public)

D8 - Alternative Information and Communication Platform: a collection of websites representing the material results of a pilot study to detect the types of information resources available for professional journalism working in the sector of reporting of Europe. This empirical research was based on the working patterns established through the overall AIM project on an electronic survey and a series of interviews with journalists, as well as on additional expert interviews. (For more information, please visit:

D9 - Manual (Practical Guidelines for Journalists): Based on an assessment of priority rules used in the professional practice of reporting Europe. This standard priority rules governing the daily European journalism have been collected through a survey among all team institutes of the project. (For more information, please visit:

D10 - Journalism Training Material: This empirical project study contains of four elements. (1) A survey of the kind of journalism training focusing on the reporting of Europe within European countries. (2) A further analysis of the practical training concepts and typology within the area of journalism training, based on interviews and questionnaires. (3) A case study approach concerning selected news items and their handling in journalistic practice and with regard to the innovation of journalism training methods. (4) A comprehensive analysis of the general analytical results of this part of the project.

D11: Final Report: The final report of the AIM project summarises the three-year research in a problem-oriented way, i.e. not as a comprehensive outline of the sum of the part work undertaken between 2004-2007. This final report, hence, delivers analytical reflection of some of the essential questions and problems discovered in the course of the research work. It is a collective analytical synthesis of all researchers and project collaborators involved and offers a number of fresh insights into the ongoing debate concerning the reporting of Europe and the discussion concerning (a) European public sphere(s).

Title: Reporting and Managing European News. Final Report of the project "Adequate Information Management in Europe (AIM)", 2004-2007 (forthcoming).

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