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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


Conciliatory journalism - Laura Ahva interview

VIDEO: Conciliatory journalism

Laura Ahva, Research Fellow at the University of Tampere talked to us about her research. She talked about her action research based project “Conciliatory Journalism”. Ahva is also interested in journalistic work happening outside newsrooms. The interview was filmed at the ECREA 2016 conference in Prague.


ARTICLE: Is there “welfare state journalism”?

Laura Ahva, of University of Tampere, Arjen van Dalen, of University of Southern Dernmark, Jan Fredrik Hovden, of University of Bergen, Guðbjörg Hildur Kolbeins, of Bifröst University, Monica Löfgren Nilsson, of University of Gothenburg,  and Morten Skovsgaard, of University of Southern Denmark, study the professional identity of journalists working in the Nordic countries – Denmark, … Continued


Hanna Nikkanen JRN video interview

VIDEO: Covering complex global issues and discussing new forms of publishing

Hanna Nikkanen, a Visiting Professor at the University of Tampere, talked with us about her plans for teaching and current interests. We went through various interesting topics such as the future of journalism and skills required from future journalists. She also talked about the difficulty of covering global issues, such as climate change. In the … Continued


PAPER: Political scandals in Finland and in the UK

On today’s turbulent media stage, political scandals represent great drama. They are important, because they touch political power directly, writes Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism journalist fellow Anne Moilanen. In her paper she compares Finnish and British political scandals and analyses how the scandal processes differ in Finland and in the UK. The author conducted semi-structured interviews … Continued


ARTICLE: Women’s and men’s sports equally covered during Olympics

New study by Antti Laine, of University of Jyväskylä, examines gender representation in Finnish and Swedish tabloids’ sports coverage during Athens 2004 summer and Turin 2006 winter Olympics. The study is based on comparative research frame between Finnish and Swedish printed tabloid newspapers and their websites. The results show that male athletes received more coverage than … Continued


New issue of NORDICOMs Media Trends newsletter published

New issue of NORDICOMs Media Trends in the Nordic countries newsletter is out now. It provides a collection of news about recent media developments based on reports from a number of Nordic media use surveys. According to the latest newsletter media use is becoming increasingly fragmented. TV viewing in the Nordic region is also rather stable, but differences … Continued