Local communication Local journalism and municipal communication

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The research project

The project “local journalism and municipal communication in the digital transformation” aimed to typologize the structure of local journalism and municipal communication as a whole for the first time and to measure their content performance in terms of information mandate, independence, political relevance, criticism and control. Furthermore, it was shown which innovations are possible in this area and which factors favor sustainable market success.

Research and a nationwide online survey of municipalities and local media were carried out for this purpose. Guideline interviews and observations were also conducted. Finally, innovative local communication models in the neighboring countries of Germany, Austria, Italy and France were analyzed in collaboration with cooperation partners. The project was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Detailed information on the project team, the international members and the participating institutes can be found via the link below.

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The recommendations

Recommendations for the local media and for the municipalities were drawn up from the research project. Here you will find the recommendations for the respective stakeholders:


in German and English in German and French
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