ARTICLE: Optimism on paywalls in local newspapers

Local newspapers have also started to apply digital paywalls around the world. The latest study in Norway, including 20 local newspapers, provide some optimism on paywall’s potential contribution to the funding of local journalism. Decreasing readership and advertising revenues have challenged the whole local newspaper business. This has also threatened the civic well being of … Continued


Picture: Dancing with fire by Jiawei Chen, license CC0 1.0

ARTICLE: How do Norwegian news outlets report extremism?

How should news media deal with actors who promote views deemed anti-democratic and violent? Media have the democratic role of informing the public of anti-democratic and violent forces, and at the same time they should refrain from legitimizing and advancing extremist ideas and aims. In a new study, Anna Grøndahl Larsen of Oslo Metropolitan University … Continued


Picture: Network by Quinn Dombrowski, license CC BY-SA 2.0

ARTICLE: Young Norwegian journalists get more out of social media than their older colleagues

Social media is an important tool for journalists in their work. Does the use change depending on the age of the journalist? Petter Bae Brandtzaeg of Sintef Digital and Marían Ángeles Chaparro Domínguez of Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, studied how Norwegian journalists use social media for newsgathering. They did in-depth interviews and compared practices … Continued


Coverage of the fake news issue in Norway – Bente Kalsnes interview

VIDEO: Coverage of the fake news issue in Norway

Bente Kalsnes, Associate Professor, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), did an interview with us about her recent research: how fake news has been reported in Norway. Most of the news have been about the US presidential election and Donald Trump. Fake news is also used to imply media criticism and as … Continued


Blind spots of regional media in Norway - Lisbeth Morlandstø interview

VIDEO: Blind spots of regional media in Norway

Lisbeth Morlandstø, Professor of Journalism at Nord University, Norway, talks about her research on regional media and opinion-based journalism in Norway. She has studied how the opinion-based journalism is filling some gaps that the narrowing scope of the regional media is not covering. She also tells about her new study about local journalism in Norway, … Continued


Untitled by Michael Schwarzenberger, licence CC0 1.0

ARTICLE: Which social media posts by newsrooms gather most likes and comments?

Which types of social media posts gather most interaction from the audience? Are there differences between newsrooms and social media platforms? Anders Olof Larsson, of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, investigated these questions with a quantitative comparison of four Norwegian newsrooms on two social media platforms. The data sample consists of the … Continued


ARTICLE: Norwegian journalists favour Facebook

For journalistic purposes, Facebook is Norwegian journalists’ most important social media platform, write Anders Olof Larsson, of Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, and Karoline Andrea Ihlebæk, of Oslo University. The authors surveyed 1 613 Norwegian journalists over their social media use. For example, 72.8 per cent of respondents told they use Facebook … Continued


REPORT: Updates on Swedish and Norwegian media

Newspaper industries in both Sweden and Norway are declining, recent statistics show. However, the Swedish newspaper industry has been able to break its fall by cutting losses and increasing subscription prices. Meanwhile in Norway, newspapers’ digital subscription profits are in a steep increase, yet still insufficient to cover its losses in print. The insights come … Continued


New Nordicom Review out now

A new issue of the Nordicom Review is released. Nordicom Review is a refereed journal that provides forum for media and communication researchers in the Nordic countries. Here’s few examples of the new articles: Helle Sjøvaag presents a quantitative and comparative content analysis of four Norwegian regional newspapers. She analyses the establish levels of localism in … Continued