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Prof. Ph.D. Raluca-Nicoleta Radu

Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania

Raluca Radu

Negotiating trust –  a deeper look into comparative survey data

Since 2017, I represent Romania in the largest digital audience study, Digital News Report – DNR, coordinated by the Reuters Institute at the University of Oxford. One of the most striking results of the DNR is related to media trust. Trust in newsrooms fluctuates, from year to year, in the same media market and across the DNR multinational panel. A closer look on national samples indicates that trust in media decreases (dramatically) when economic, political, or social crises hit a country. Nevertheless, during the COVID – devastated 2020, trust in media increased at international level to drop again, in 2022. How can these fluctuations be accounted for? What is their effect on civic participation and on democracy? One possible answer may be hidden online, in the burgeoning discussions on social platforms. This answer may be related to group identity formation and to polarization, due to strategic use of public discourses.

Main Research Topics

  • Media & Journalism
  • Institutional trust
  • Media ethics
  • Media economics
  • Comparative studies

Curriculum Vitae

Professor, Department of Journalism, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania (part of the academic staff since 2002).

Director of the Department of Journalism (since 2015).

Visiting fellowships: Aarhus School of Business, Denmark (Sept.-Dec. 2003), Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland (Apr.-June 2014), European University Institute, Italy (Jan.-May 2022).

Lectures and Publications

Presentations (2022)

Radu, R.N. (2022). Collective decision making in disinformation infused climates. Two Romanian cases compared. Communication Research in the Era of Neo-Globalisation: Reorientations, Challenges and Changing Contexts. IAMCR 2022 conference in Beijing, China, 11-15 July 2022.

Radu, R.N. (2022). How I learned to hate you. Crossing borders on Facebook, before the 2021 COVID sanitary disaster. Borders and transfers. The Society for Romanian Studies 2022 conference in Timișoara, Romania, 15-17 June, 2022.

Articles (selection)

Imhoff, R., Zimmer, F., Klein, O., António, J. H., Babinska, M., Bangerter, A., … & Van Prooijen, J. W. (incl. Radu, RN) (2022). Conspiracy mentality and political orientation across 26 countries. Nature human behaviour6(3), 392-403.

Radu, R. N. (2021). Patterns in Media Accountability: A European Perspective. In Handbook of Global Media Ethics (pp. 1281-1299). Springer, Cham.

Radu, R. N. (2019). Externalities and journalism. The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, 1-7.

Radu, R. N. (2016). Sanctioning journalistic misconduct: An application of cumulative prospect theory to journalistic self-regulation issues. Journalism17(8), 1095-1112.


Radu, R.N. (Ed.). (contract). Spune-mi o poveste cu imagini. Jurnalism de date și vizualizare de date [Tell me a story in images. Data journalism and data visualization]. Polirom.

Radu, R. N. (Ed.). (2016). Deontologia comunicării publice [Public communication ethics]. Polirom.

Radu, R.N. & Preoteasa, M. (2012). Economia mass-media [Media economics]. Polirom.

Radu, R. N. (2011). Institutii culturale in tranzitie: despre creativitate in jurnalismul si cinematografia din Romania dupa 1944 [Cultural institutions in transition: on creativity in journalism and cinema, in Romania, after 1944]. Nemira.

Prof. Ph.D. Raluca-Nicoleta Radu

Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania

Fellow at CAIS from July 2022 to October 2022