Vol 13, No 2 (2021)

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Vol 13, No 2 (2021)

Table of Contents


European Capitals of Culture: Gain or Loss Framing. A Systematic Literature Review (PDF)



Abstract: This article helps to raise awareness towards the complexity of communication approaches to European Capitals of Culture cities, in academic research. Moreover, it responds to the need of creating a context for future researchers who need a starting point in analyzing the way European Capitals of Culture is communicated. The aim of the article is to provide a theoretical overview on the way the European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) project is tackled upon in the scientific studies within the communication domain. The sample is formed of scientific articles retrieved from Web of Science and DOAJ databases. The systematic literature review focuses on the methodological designs used in the articles under analysis. I will associate each article with either with an advantage/ gain frame or with a disadvantage/ loss frame. This overview highlighted a polarized approach to the ECoC project. Whereas some articles present ECoC as a Europeanized way of communication, other studies lay an emphasis on the ECoC cities as a way of communication that promotes local specificity. The analysis will show that these choices are not arbitrary and differ from one city to another, depending on their interests and background..

The Fake News Phenomenon in the Romanian Media from the Perspective of Journalists: Contexts, Practices, Trends (PDF)


Anastasia CRISTEA

Abstract: The rise of fake news in the Romanian media emphasizes the factors that remain unknown about the alterations in the media landscape. It equally highlights the changes in the editorial policies, adapted to the post-truth public. The present qualitative research consists in an analysis of interviews conducted with well-known Romanian journalists regarding the characteristics and the socio-political effects of the fake news phenomenon. The interviewed journalists scrutinize the Romanian media in relation to the emergence of fake news, its forms and contexts of intensification and the influence of the online disinformation on the credibility of the national press. They argue that fake news is primarily used in the media as a weapon in the political struggle and its manifestations become most visible in times of socio-political crisis or in electoral confrontations..

The Deliberative Nature of London’s Civic and Democratic Participation Sector. The Uses of Lived Experiences in the Advocacy NGO’s Rhetoric (PDF)


Raluca MOISE

Abstract. Starting from an applied research project and its findings, we develop a broader discussion about the uses of lived experiences highlighted through applied research in the advocacy NGO’s rhetoric. As emphasised by many scholars having researched rhetoric and political communication, lived experiences of marginalised community members are being increasingly included in the organisational communication that aims to foster civic and democratic participation. Having actively collaborated as an external consultant for a research project funded by the Trust for London, on behalf of the Citizenship and Integration Initiative, and the UK Democracy Fund, a Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust initiative, we explore the role of applied research projects as mediums of lived experiences in public deliberations around civic and democratic participation..