The state of media and communications policy in Finland – interview with Marko Ala-Fossi

VIDEO: The state of media and communications policy in Finland

Marko Ala-Fossi, Senior Lecturer at the University of Tampere talked to us about a recent report he has edited. The 356-page report, “The State of Media and Communications Policy and How to Measure It”, was commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland. It examines the state of Finnish media and communications policy. … Continued


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ARTICLE: Writing about asylum seekers is permeated by tension

Journalists find it valuable to tell asylum seekers’ personal stories in order to show that they are humans “like us”, but telling those stories is not easy, write Mervi Pantti and Markus Ojala, both of University of Helsinki. The authors interviewed 24 Finnish journalists experienced with the topic, representing a total of 14 national, regional … Continued


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ARTICLE: Political journalists differ from others, but not much

Do political journalists stand apart in how they perceive their job and its requirements? Jari Väliverronen, of University of Tampere, studied Finnish political journalists by analysing survey data gathered originally for the Worlds of Journalism study. Väliverronen’s data consisted of two survey samples: the first covered journalists in general (N=345) and the second targeted political … Continued


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ARTICLE: Do Finnish and Estonian media cower before Russia?

International news events are covered differently in different countries, but is it because of media logic or international relations? Titus Hjelm and Ülane Vaher, both of University College London, investigated the question by analysing 125 Estonian, Finnish and British news articles related to the so-called “Kohver case”. The Kohver case refers to a 2014 incident … Continued



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ARTICLE: What’s keeping newspapers from fully engaging social media?

Mainstream newspapers in Finland, Japan and Korea have one thing in common: they all seem to under-utilize social media in their operation. The reasons, however, are different for each country, write Joo-Young Jung, of International Christian University, and Mikko Villi, of University of Jyväskylä. The authors interviewed 18 senior journalists working for 14 different mainstream … Continued


ARTICLE: Crisis in the relationship between Finnish media and politicians

On Friday November 25, 2016, the Finnish public broadcaster YLE published an online story that made Prime Minister Juha Sipilä lose his temper. YLE management reacts by scaling down coverage. As a consequence, journalists resign and accuse editorial leaders of limiting freedom of speech. In addition, in 2017 Finland lost its first place on Reporters without … Continued


New issue of Media Trends in the Nordic countries

New Nordicom newsletter “Media Trends in the Nordic countries” has been published. The April issue reports on interesting media surveys, research results, media policy etc. issues in the Nordic countries. The new issue explores themes such as TV viewing in the Nordic countries, the Swedish newspaper market during the 21st century and the state of Danish … Continued


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ARTICLE: Euroscepticism still marginal in Finnish press

Eurosceptic views do not dominate the Finnish public discourse, writes Juha Herkman, of University of Helsinki. Herkman gathered 971 news articles related to the so-called Euro crisis, published by four Finnish newspapers from 2010 to 2012. Out of this sample the author analysed all articles mentioning the eurosceptic Finns Party (PS), or its leader Timo … Continued


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PROJECT: Where do people get their views on violence?

A new research project has been launched to map out the sources from which Finns find information on violent crime, and how that information affects their perceptions on the actual threat of violence. The project is a collaboration between the universities of Helsinki and Tampere. The research is split between the two partners according to … Continued