By Andreas Hepp

In line with a 12-year lengthy undertaking, this ebook demonstrates the contested personality of the communicative development of Europe. It does so by way of combining an research of journalistic practices with content material research of print media, an exam of electorate' on-line interactions and viewers experiences with ecu electorate.

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First of all, there are cultures of political discourse characteristic for certain kinds of media outlets and their audiences across national cultures. Secondly, something like a European discourse culture seems to emerge: patterns of political discourse that are characteristic for Europe as a whole. If we want to understand the foundation of public spheres, we have to consider these overlapping cultures of political discourse. Consequently, we must avoid a purely ‘binary comparative semantics’ (Hepp 2015: 26), simply comparing one national cultures of political discourse with another national culture.

Firstly, this kind of journalism was thought to be located in Brussels, where the European correspondents of the various national media outlets work (Offerhaus 2011). This has been described as a ‘microcosm’ and ‘small world’ (Baisnée 2002: 109) centred on the daily EU Commission Midday Briefing as ‘the heart of the matter’ (Baisnée 2006: 32). Here, a certain milieu for EU reporting developed, with fairly close links between the journalists and an increasing expertise in the journalists’ roles and work practices (Offerhaus 2011: 278–282).

With regard to audiences and media users, this means that they understand themselves to be members of Europe, define the consequences of EU politics as meaningful for them, and through that become ‘citizen audiences’ (Lingenberg 2010b: 45). At its best, this results in what Thomas Risse calls the emerging ‘European community of communication’: ‘when “foreigners” are no longer treated as such, but actively participate in debates about issues of common concern’ (Risse 2010: 157). e. Europeanisation.

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