BackgroundThe digital revolution is largely impacting the way journalists and media are producing and sharing news content. In this changing media landscape, self-regulatory bodies, which were created before the digital revolution for most of them, have adapted to the situation in different ways. This project builds on the results obtained during the first and second edition of the pilot project Media Councils in the Digital Age and further develops the position of press and media councils in responding to the challenges of the digital age.
The project highlights the important role that press and media councils play in times of decreasing trust towards journalists and media outlets combined with increasing disinformation on online platforms. It looks at the different challenges through various components, one of which is a powerful database and this website enriched with visualisation tools and an interactive map. All of the project developments and results can be viewed in this website. Finally, the project also encourages councils to reach out to independent regulators to identify areas of cooperation and mutual understanding.