Behind the scenes of the first Media Landscapes update in five years

Our media landscapes are rapidly evolving. In a new era of digital content, media organisations are trying to build innovative new formats, business models and companies to both attract and retain audiences. But understanding the bigger picture of any country’s media industry is hard.

From stalwarts to start-ups, revenue to regulation, agencies to associations, universities to unions, the media landscape of each country is unique.

That’s why the European Journalism Centre (EJC), in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), initially created Media Landscapes.

Today, we are delighted to announce the first significant update in five years.


Media Landscapes involves twenty-six expert writers who have mapped the entire journalism ecosystem of twenty countries. It provides an invaluable resource for students, researchers, social and political commentators and — of course — journalists.

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Each country features details on the historical evolution of its media scene and the major players, then and now, Print, broadcast and digital outlets are covered, as are all relevant associations, professional bodies, unions and educational institutions. Each report then places this in a vital socio-political context of regulation, legislation and press freedom.

Media Landscapes also now has its own faster, cleaner dedicated site, having been the most popular sub-section on the European Journalism Centre’s site since its inception in 1997. These latest editions feature expanded reports and additional facts, as well as comprehensive sourcing of all research, and easily downloadable PDFs and print versions.

In order to augment the research, we’ve pulled in data from a number of sources including Reporters Without BordersWorld Press Freedom Index. Social Progress Index and EBU’s Trust in Media report.

Our work has only just begun, however. It has taken a year to map out twenty countries, but our ambition in to cover every media landscape on the globe. With the generous support of OCW and others, Media Landscapes will continue to evolve in the future and will continue to provide the essential guide to the world’s news and media ecosystems.

If you want to support our work, get in touch.

The European Journalism Centre is an international non-profit that connects journalists with new ideas. Through grants, events, training and media development the European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism since 1992.

Our focus for 2017 is outlined here.