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Our website uses cookies to improve user experience and provide us data about traffic to our service. We do not store any personal information about you.

What are cookies?

A HTTP cookie is small piece of data sent from a website and stored on a user’s hard drive – on a PC, phone or tablet. Cookies are used to ‘recognise’ website visitors and tell for example the server when a user has returned or what kind of a browser he/she is using.

Read more about cookies for example from Wikipedia or aboutcookies.org.

Legislation about cookies

In May 2011, EU legislation was introduced to enable internet users to choose whether or not to allow each website they visit to use cookies when they visit them. All websites are required to inform you about the use of cookies.

Journalism Research News  website is hosted in Finland. According to Finnish legislation, a website does not have to use a pop-up window to inform users about the use of cookies. However, the use must be mentioned on the website in a way, that a user has the option to get more information about the topic (for more info, see the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority website).

Managing cookies

You can manage the use of cookies or opt out by modifying your browser settings. You can also delete current cookies. Read more about this on aboutcookies.org.

What cookies does JRN use?

First-party cookies

PHPSESSID This session cookie is used to keep the connection between your browser and our servers as you move around our website. It does not contain any personal information other than your IP address.



Google Analytics cookie used for statistics about visitors on the site. Used to distinguish users.



_gat Google Analytics cookie used for statistics about visitors on the site. Used to throttle request rate.

The plugin works by sending an additional request to stats.g.doubleclick.net that is used to provide advertising features like remarketing and demographics and interest reporting in Google Analytics. The plugin also creates a new cookie named _gat that has a ten minute timeout. This cookie does not store any user information, it’s just used to limit the number of requests that have to be made to doubleclick.net.

Read more about Google Analytics cookies here.


Third-party cookies

_unam This third party cookie is used by the ShareThis service and allow you to use the Share buttons on each page across various social networks such as Twitter, Facebook etc. The “_unam” cookie monitors web pages viewed, navigation and time spent on each page. The ShareThis service only personally identifies you if you have separately signed up with ShareThis and given them your consent. Further information about this cookie can be found here: http://sharethis.com/privacy


YouTube, Bambuser, Twitter, SlideShare and other embedded material from third-party services.  

Journalism Research News website contains embedded material from other services, such as YouTube videos and tweets from Twitter.

By viewing these materials, some cookies might be activated by the companies that provide them.

Read more about YouTube’s cookie policy.
Read more about Bambuser’s privacy policy.
Read more about Twitter’s privacy policy.
Read more about SlideShare’s privacy policy.


Picture: Cookies by David Leggett, license CC BY 2.0, cropped