AIM
Sixth EU Framework
Programme - Priority 7
 










AIM Project Overview - A to Z: Empirical research

During the three-year research period a number of empirical studies combining qualitative and quantitative research methods were conducted:

In March 2005 the content of newspaper articles and television newscasts about the EU in eleven European countries and during a three week long period was analysed. The results of the national samples were compared in terms of quantity and quality of the articles and in view of the central questions of conformity and/or disparity of issues and views.
In summer 2005 during a first qualitative field study 167 newsroom journalists from eleven European countries were interviewed. This study revealed how newsrooms at home deal with EU topics, which sources they use, how they cooperate - if applicable - with their correspondent(s), and how the decision is taken for or against the publication of EU stories.
During a second field study in March and April 2006 142 EU-correspondents in Brussels were interviewed on their working routines and conditions of work. Furthermore spokespersons of the EU-Commission, spokespersons of the national representations of the EU Commissions to the member states, and spokespersons of the representations of the member states were interviewed.
During a last part of the project issues concerning the meta level of journalism practice were empirically analysed. This was done especially in view of information alternatives on the Internet, with regard to priorities in the routine practice of reporting Europe within the different national journalism cultures, and furthermore concerning issues of journalism training involved, including innovative concepts within this area.

The initial field studies were followed by a theoretical debate on the existence and future development of (a) European public sphere(s). See research goals and results for further information.