How Can Journalism Best Work in Support of Democracy?

Throughout history, virtually every country around the globe has seen media inexorably develop as communications systems improve.  However, the unique and varied cultures, traditions and economies of states mean that even neighbouring countries can develop different forms of media system, highlighting and upholding different values and ideologies with the same vigour.  This essay will explore how media can best operate in support of democracy by discussing the differing media systems of Italy and the United States of America.  In particular, this essay will utilise the works of Daniel Hallin and Paolo Mancini to examine the differences between each country’s media system; the “Mediterranean or Polarised Pluralist Model” and the “North Atlantic or Liberal Model” respectively.

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