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17 Mending the Gaps

Connecting Media Policy and Media Studies

6. Media Studies Futures

4. Journalism and Media Policy Futures

  1. Victor Pickard

Published Online: 28 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems155

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

How to Cite

Pickard, V. 2012. Mending the Gaps. The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. 6:4:17.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 DEC 2012


In this chapter, Victor Pickard explores the systemic disconnect between media studies and media policy. By situating this gap within historical, intellectual, and ideological contexts, he proposes possible strategies for bridging the two areas. He suggests that, contrary to many assumptions and practices, media studies scholars should directly engage with media policy debates of critical import. The chapter addresses some of the challenges and opportunities for scholars to intervene in core media policy debates in the coming years, including discussions about the future of journalism, media ownership, public media, and Internet policies like net neutrality. Pickard concludes by arguing that media studies and communication scholars have a special role to play in helping to advance policy that enables greater democratic potentials for all of society.


  • Media Policy;
  • Critical Political Economy;
  • History of the Field of Communication and Media Studies