NORDMEDIA2017: Picks from the Nordic conference on media and communication research

Picture: Tampere, classy view by Alexander Savin, license CC BY 2.0

The NordMedia 2017 conference will be held August 17-19, 2017, at the University of Tampere, Finland. The event already starts on the 16th with a pre-conference for doctoral students. The biannual conference is arranged by the Nordic media research associations in cooperation with Nordicom and the host university. The theme of the event is “Mediated Realities – Global Challenges”. We gathered few picks from the programme:

  • Henrik Örnebring of Karlstad University tests the assumptions on news ecology theory in a small city in Sweden. The results differ from similar studies conducted in US metropolitan areas. The results show that the local municipal government of Karlstad has an active role in the local news ecology, and the “alternative” news providers are relatively unimportant. Friday, 09.00-10.00.
  • How do Iranian journalists see the role of new media such as social media and mobile messaging applications in their everyday practices? asks Ranji Banafsheh of the University of Oslo. She conducted 23 interviews with Iranian journalists and found the popularity of unofficial media such as Twitter and Telegram. Saturday, 10.15-12.15.
  • Bente Kalsnes, of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science, created a typology for fake news. The researcher analysed more than 800 news articles about fake news in Norwegian media. The typology maps the sender, intent, degree of falsehood, and potentially, how fake news is addressed and stopped. Saturday, 14.30-16.15.

You can find more information and the full programme on the conference website. The event’s Twitter account is @NordMedia2017 and you can use the hashtag #nordmedia2017.

Journalism Research News will be at the conference doing short video interviews with journalism researchers. Would you like to tell us about your work? Contact us beforehand or come say hello while there!

Editor’s note: Turo Uskali and Ville Manninen of Journalism Research News are also attending the conference and presenting their studies.

Picture: Tampere, classy view by Alexander Savin, license CC BY 2.0

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