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Welcome to the collaborative wiki site of the International Media Concentration project, hosted by the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information with the participation of other institutions and scholars.

 

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Introduction

Media concentration is a controversial subject. One side focuses on media empires and their negative impacts. The other side believes the Internet as having opened media to unprecedented diversity. The goal of our project is to go beyond the rhetoric to an academic, empirical, dispassionate, and data-driven analysis of trends and their drivers. We have no agenda beyond understanding what is happening and why, and no preconceived notion as to the results. In order to spur international collaboration, this Wiki has been set up. Project team members are highly encouraged to use it as a platform to display their recent findings and to keep track of the project's overall progress.

Recent news and announcements about the project can be found here. A FAQ section can be found here.

 

Project Team and Approach

We seek to bring together scholars from about thirty countries. (See a list of our team members). We will follow a basic common methodology for each country and a parallel work schedule. In the process we aim to create an international community of scholars. The international dimension is essential, since in every country there are special circumstances that may obscure the broader trends.

 

Project Management Team

The 'International Media Concentration Research Project' is headed by the Columbia Institute of Tele-Information (CITI). The individual countries' project teams well be led by a scientific committee composed of three regional leaders. In order to facilitate efficient collaboration a project management team at CITI keeps track of the projects progress. For more information about the management team, please click here.

 

Scope and Methodology

We use a quantitative approach based on market share data for major media industries, for a period of about 20 years. A more detailed description of our methodological framework can be seen in the Methodology section. In addition to that, a guide to find relevant industry data has been set up.

 

Schedule

Our second conference is scheduled for January 21-22 in Paris at the Dauphine University (Agenda). The executive committee will review all data and give suggestions for further work March 15th 2011 Teams are supposed to finish data gathering by May, 15th 2011. So that, the executive committee has the chance to review the tables a second time till July 1st. The roadmap for the country chapters sets a deadline for the country chapters for August, 1st 2011. This gives county teams as well as the executive committee enough time to review and adjust results. The finished country chapters are going to be presented in our next conference in Bruxelles in September 19 - 20.

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