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Masaryk University

Masaryk University, a public university founded in 1919, is one of the leading Czech universities. It consists of 10 faculties and offers over 400 study programs to more than 30000 students. Faculty of Social Studies (FSS) was established in 1998 and plays the role of one of the most dynamic institutions in social research and education in social sciences and humanities in the CEE region. 

The Faculty of Social Studies’ Department of Media Studies and Journalism was established in 1998, following the establishment of the faculty. However, regular program in journalism and media studies at the Masaryk University began already in the mid-1990s.

The Department of Media Studies and Journalism is a research- and education-oriented department with about 30 academic employees, 30-40 external teachers coming mainly from practical media jobs, and with about 400 students in undergraduate and 90 in graduate programme. The department provides strong practical and theoretical expertise in fields of applied media ethics, digital and audiovisual journalism, collaborative journalism, crisis reporting and investigative journalism. Moreover, at theoretical and research level, the department’s scholars are focused on research in journalism profession, public service media, local and regional media, audience research, political economy of media, and in the role of media in politics (polarization, trust in media etc.).

Specifically, the department members are or recently were involved in following research projects: CATCH-EyoU (Horizon 2020 project, 2015-2018); Political polarization in the Czech Republic: The case of a multi-party system (Czech Science Foundation, 2020-2022); Trust in Media in a Fragmented Media Environment: The Case of the Czech Republic (Czech Science Foundation, 2019-2020); EU Kids Online IV (2019-2020); Czech Journalists in Comparative Perspective (Czech Science Foundation, 2014-2016); New and old media in everyday life: media audiences at the time of transforming media uses (Czech Science Foundation, 2013-2015). 

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