Ralitsa Kovacheva

Ralitsa Kovacheva

  • kovacheva.r@gmail.com
  • Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
  • Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication
Participant in 2014
Work history I am a Programme Manager at Alma Mater Television, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". My previous experience includes Senior Editor at www.euinside.eu, Head of News Department and News Presenter at
Re:tv, Producer and Presenter of the Morning News Programme "The Day Starts" at Bulgarian National Television, Head of Audio Production Studio
Radio FM+. My proffecional interests are predominantly in the area of European intergation. I am Bulgaria`s national winner in the category “Internet” in the competition for the European Parliament Prize for Journalism 2011.
Study history I am a PhD Candidate at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". I have a Master`s degree in Journalism from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". I have just started my second doctoral year. As a researcher I am dealing with the current transformations of the European public sphere.

Phd Projects

2014

"Centre and periphery in the European public sphere? A comparative analysis of the European debates on the most popular newspapers`websites in the UK and Bulgaria"

As a researcher, I am dealing with the current transformations of the European public sphere and especially the issue of a possible centre-periphery division in it. I am focused on the role of media as an actor in the public sphere and at the same time, an arena where citizens could participate in European debates and decision-making process, so to address the „democratic deficit‟ problem. My central research question is whether a centre-periphery division is emerging in the European public sphere, based on the intensity of the public debates on European issues, presence of European actors and European perspective. The study also aims to define causes (factors) shaping the process of centre-perifery division as well as consequences of it; to highlight the role of media in shaping a "two-speed European public sphere" and to suggest possible strategies to neutralize (mitigate) the effects of this process in terms of media practice. My research hypothesis is that instead of a single European public sphere, a system of interfering national public spheres exists and European debates take place in the dialogue between these spheres. Depending on the level of presence of the current European debates in a national public sphere, we can highlight centre and periphery in the European public sphere, in analogy with the geographical, economic and social centre- periphery divisions in the EU. I expect the comparison between the UK and Bulgaria to show that regardless of the prevailing attitudes towards the EU (anti-European or pro-European), the UK is active (centre) and Bulgaria - passive and disinterested (periphery) in respect of the current European debates. In my views, the periphery is not an objective location (depending only on the economic situation, living standards, or geographic location) - being in the periphery means a refusal to participate in European debates. It means voluntarily quitting your seat at the table where decisions are taken. My case study is a comparison between the coverage of the European elections campaign in the British and Bulgarian press (February-June 2014).

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