Dzieciolowski, Krzysztof

Dzieciolowski, Krzysztof
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Journalism in Poland after 1989, Partisanship and politicisation of the free press in a post communist society
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Inaki Garcia Blanco, Prof Richard Sambrook
Supervising school:
School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies,
Primary funding source:
ESRC DTP Studentship

I intend to examine what has shaped journalism and its relation to liberal democracy since the collapse of communism in Poland. In particular, I will examine the impact of the pre-democratic past on the shape of the current media and assess the prospects for non-partisan media given the lingering effects of that past. I will structure my thesis around answers to the following research questions:

  • What is the legacy of communism in the media?
  • In what ways do the old divisions within the pre-1989 anti-communist opposition affect the shape of the press today?
  • What is the role of pre-1989 dissidents turned journalists in the Polish media today?
  • What role does the Smolensk plane crash play in shaping journalism in Poland?
  • What are the prospects for a non-partisan journalism in Poland?
  • Are “Media tożsamościowe” –  the media of identity – a market strategy of survival at times when journalists seek new business models?