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ARTICLE: Witnessing conflicts digitally

Digital witnessing of conflicts breaks with the professional monopoly of the journalist and becomes a complex site of struggle, states Lilie Chouliaraki of London School of Economics and Political Science. Mediatized death is in the spotlight of this article published in Information, Communication & Society. Chouliaraki studies how the status of the death spectacle and … Continued


ARTICLE: Audience research about alternative journalism

A newly published study by Tony Harcup explores what prompts people to become members of the audience for alternative forms of journalism. It is said that alternative forms of journalism challenge the passive role of audience members as receivers and to foster active citizenship. There is also some evidence that individuals are attracted to alternative … Continued


ARTICLE: The impact of “Mood meter” on consumers’ attitudes

“Participating in a mood meter may attenuate positive responses to human-interest stories” claim Jessica Gall Myrick and Bartosz W. Wojdynski. A newly published study examined the effects of the presence and valence of a “mood meter” posted alongside an online human-interest story. The results show that the presence of a mood meter generally led to lower attitudes toward and … Continued


ARTICLE: Climate frames, political commentaries and the moral police

Nordicom Review 36:1 has just been published. The issue opens with editor Ulla Carlsson‘s introduction and parting words – Carlsson has been involved with the Review since its beginning in Spring 1981. Read her parting words here, in pdf. In the first article, Mette Bengtsson of University of Copenhagen investigates political commentary in scholarly literature. Bengtsson suggests a two-dimensional … Continued



ARTICLE: More climate change news in UK than US media

Media interest toward the International Panel for Climate Change’s (IPCC) reports was stronger in the United Kingdom than in the United States, write Saffron O’Neill, Hywel Williams, Bouke Wiersma, Tim Kurz, all of University of Exeter, and Maxwell Boykoff, of University of Colorado-Boulder. The team analyzed the stories related to the IPCC reports in ten … Continued


Research grants for symbolic warfare, and inequality

Helsingin Sanomat Foundation has announced its newest grantees, two of which will go toward journalism research. Katja Valaskivi, of University of Tampere, received a grant of 140 000 euros for a research going by the title Je Suis Charlie. Symbolic Warfare and Struggle over Attention . It seeks to study how the dynamic between traditional … Continued


ARTICLE: Simple crisis, user images, and creativity

A new issue of the open access journal Media & viestintä has been published. The generalist journal is published by the Finnish Association for Media and Communication Studies. Its articles are in Finnish, but English summaries are provided. Here’s our take on what’s interesting, in terms of journalism scholarship, in the current issue. Timo Harjuniemi, … Continued


ARTICLE: Sámi minority news spark identity debates

Comments on the Finnish public broadcaster’s (YLE) Sámi minority news radio station always turn to identities, write Terttu Kortelainen and Anni-Siiri Länsman, both of University of Oulu. The authors analyzed the comments on YLE Sápmi radio station’s webpage and on its Facebook page. Their aim was to find out which news gathered the minority audience’s … Continued


ARTICLE: Trust for government hardly swayed by media

News media has little effect on the audience’s trust in their government, write Andrea Ceron, of University of Milan, and Vincenzo Memoli, of University of Catania. The authors used the data from 27 EU countries, compiled in the Eurobarometer surveys. They compared the audience’s news consumption habits, their opinions of their respective governments, and the … Continued