Mapping Media for Future Democracies

A Challenge for the Vitality and Sustainability of European Democracies


MeDeMAP is a Horizon Europe research project being carried out in collaboration with ten European institutions to set out future-proof pathways to strengthen democracy through improving accountability, transparency, and effectiveness of media production, and expanding active and inclusive citizenship. 

The project aims to clarify the extent to which certain media under which conditions perform which democratic functions for which audiences, thus making it apparent what is at stake for democratic media – and for democracy itself. 

By applying an innovative multi-method design consisting of data science methods, large-scale quantitative analyses, in-depth qualitative approaches, and participatory action research, the project will cover:

  • Perspectives of both representative and participatory notions of democracy as they exist in European societies;
  • The entire range of news media, regardless of distribution channel, mandate, ownership, and source of financing;
  • The legal and (self-)regulatory framework under which media houses and journalism operate and people use media;
  • The media’s potential to promote and support political participation (supply side);
  • The media use patterns, communication needs, and democratic attitudes of the audiences (demand side) in all EU Member States.


Here you can read through the project’s public deliverables. 


The Media Mapping Blog will offer regular updates on research with short texts/posts concerning actual problems, also concerning media policy issues.



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