Institute of Media and Communications Policy (Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationspolitik, IfM)
|Institution||Institute of Media and Communications Policy|
|Location||Berlin, (branch in Cologne)|
|Themes||principles of media policy, media data base, media development, relationship between print and online media|
|Orientation||theoretical and empirical communications research|
|Founded||2005 (as a non-profit, limited liability company)|
The Institute of Media and Communications Policy (IfM) is an independent research and consultative institute that serves as a forum for the media industry, communications research and active policy making. It offers concrete solutions and options for objectives relating to media policy and conducts debates on the latter with responsible actors from politics and business, contributing in this way to establishing media and communications policy conceptually, theoretically and empirically. In March 2008, the IfM issued the first edition of its Handbuch with principles of media policy and every year it issues the yearbook television. In addition, the IfM also works on a continually updated data and fact base on the media sector in Germany and internationally, on the language of policy making and on a comprehensive database of the world's leading media enterprises (www.mediadb.eu). The institute is supported by media industry firms (public service and private) and by public institutions.