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Media and Technology

Independent media is a pillar of democracy and key to sustaining healthy political engagement and public debate. The Institute extends CEU’s existing research into transparency and public trust in media, the origins and impact of disinformation, and power dynamics that enable or hinder democratic processes. The Institute deepens CEU’s work examining strategies deployed by de-democratizing forces to control media, how changes of ownership structures influence the scope of independent journalism, and how new rules on privacy and freedom of speech impact public debate. 

The Institute also incorporates the Center for Media, Data and Society, founded in 2004 for the study of media, communication, and information policy and its impact on society and practice. Conducted through independent investigation as well as partnerships with academic organizations, think tanks and journalists, the center’s research includes analysis of political, regulatory and policy developments, comparative and data-based studies on the shifts of power in media and journalism, and the interaction between these developments and broader political and social processes, including de-democratization, polarization and corruption. Members of CMDS participate in debates and forums, share expertise with practitioners, researchers and civil society actors, and teach and explain media policy in workshops, lectures and conferences.

As per October 2022, CMDS commenced its operations under the name Media and Journalism Research Center (MJRC) independently of CEU. Its website and social media accounts are archives of projects conducted by CMDS as a CEU unit and will not be updated.



Eva Bognar Senior Program Officer
Kate Coyer Senior Research Fellow / CEU Visiting Professor
Grace Rademacher Fulbright Fellow
Judit Szakacs Research Fellow
Orsolya Vasarhelyi Post-doctoral Fellow
Balazs Vedres Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor


New Project to Support Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey

A consortium of eight organizations, including the DI, and led by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, will continue to provide systemic support to improve the quality and professionalism of journalism in the region.

Organizing Media Workers: A Manifesto

“The labor rights and income of journalists and other media workers must become a key part of the discussion on media freedom,” the manifesto published in our Journalism Breakthroughs project states.

DI Launches Project on Re-engaging Civic Organizations for Strengthening Democracy

We are happy to announce the launch of our new “Re-engaging Civic Organizations for Democracy in the Age of Disruptive Social Media” project, led by our Senior Research Fellow Balazs Vedres.

Call for Interest: Workshop on Organizing in the Media Field

The Journalism Breakthroughs Project is organizing a one-and-a-half-day event to debate and discuss the use of organizing into unions, networks, associations and communities to push forward the rights of journalists and to protect the freedom of the media.

Marius Dragomir on Media Capture

EU institutions are partly to blame for the rise of media capture in many countries in Central Europe, our Senior Program Manager Marius Dragomir said to Euractiv.


New Podcast: When Journalists Organize and Take Back the Newsroom

In the fifth episode of the CMDS podcast series, Andrea Gálvez, a journalist based in Argentina, takes over and tells the story of Tiempo Argentino's rebirth as a journalistic cooperative.

New Podcast: On How to Launch a Paywall in 2002 and Live to Tell the Story

In the fourth episode of the CMDS podcast series the hosts, Dumitrita Holdis and Justin Spike introduce Malaysiakini, one of Malaysia’s most popular news sites.

New Podcast: Power in the Hands of Journalists

In the third episode of the CMDS podcast series the hosts, Dumitrita Holdis and Justin Spike explore the question whether journalism cooperatives and subscription newsletters will put power back in the hands of journalists.

New CMDS Podcast: Synthesizing Journalism and Art in Belarus and Jordan

In the second episode of the podcast series produced by CEU Democracy Institute’s Center for Media, Data and Society, the hosts, Dumitrita Holdis and Justin Spike talk about Belarus Free Theatre, and Al-Hudood, two organizations that overcame geographical distances to report on their homes from abroad.

Down, but Not Out – New Podcast by CMDS

The first episode of the new podcast series of CEU Democracy Institute’s Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) addresses political interference and reader solidarity by focusing on the story of