Digital Intermediaries, News Media, and Political Communication

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How do we access news? Social media and search engines are increasingly acting as ‘intermediaries’ – curating and filtering the news that people read. What are the implications of this change for political communication? How will this change how journalists and political campaigns operate?

This project uses interviews with stakeholders across digital intermediaries and news media organisations as well as secondary sources. The research examines how developments in news and political media are unfolding across four countries—France, Germany, the UK, and the US, and will help us understand the wider social and political implications.

In the face of this rapid change it is only now that ‘digital intermediaries’ are coming to terms with their position of power and responsibility. At the same time, news media organisations are having to adapt to a changing environment, and policy makers are trying to understand it. This research involves the key stakeholders, and will help policymakers, intermediaries and news media to better understand the rapidly evolving situation, and to develop appropriate responses.


Principal Investigator

Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen


Tietgen Foundation

Project Start / End

Aug 2015 - Dec 2016