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ARTICLE: The impact of socioeconomic status on news use has changed over the years

Socioeconomic status does affect how people consume the news, but there is little knowledge on how this impact has changed over the years. Annika Bergström, Jesper Strömbäck and Sofia Arkhede looked into this topic. The researchers from the University of Gothenburg did a longitudinal analysis of newspaper and television news consumption focusing on Sweden between … Continued


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ARTICLE: Swedish teenagers feel confident about identifying credible news, but often fail at it

Many teenagers fail to identify the credibility of false or biased news online, a new research article finds. Using an online survey with a test, Thomas Nygren and Mona Guath of Uppsala University seeked to find out how teenagers in Sweden determine the credibility of digital news. They investigated people’s civic online reasoning, meaning “the … Continued


ARTICLE: Swedish cultural journalism is adamantly transnational

Most of Swedish cultural journalism observes its topics on a “transnational scale”, Anna Roosvall and Andreas Widholm, both of Stockholm University, write. The authors analysed a sample of over 2 000 cultural news stories, published from 1985 to 2015. Roosvall and Widholm gathered their sample from five major, Swedish newspapers and the public service radio … Continued


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ARTICLE: Social media does not increase political knowledge

Using social media for political information does not actually help the audience learn anything about politics, Adam Shehata and Jesper Strömbäck, both of University of Gothenburg, write. The authors analysed data from two multi-wave surveys, together consisting of responses from over 4 500 Swedes. In both surveys, the respondents were first asked to fill in … Continued


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ARTICLE: Swedish young people getting news from social media

Annika Bergström and Maria Jervelycke Belfrage of the University of Gothenburg, examined young people’s news-gathering on social media in Sweden, using a combination of representative survey data (respondents aged 16 to 25) and qualitative interviews with 44 people aged 16 to 19. According to the survey conducted in 2015, 91% of respondents read news via … 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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REPORT: Status of the Swedish newspaper market

A new report from Nordicom, written by Jonas Ohlsson tracks the structural change in the Swedish newspaper industry. The concentration of ownership has increased during the 21st century. The eigth largest newspaper groups control 76 out of Sweden’s 93 mid- and high-frequency daily newspapers. The situation is similar to other Nordic countries. Revenues have fallen: … Continued


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ARTICLE: Participation not important to audience

What do citizens think of citizen journalism? Michael Karlsson and Christer Clerwall of Karlstad University and Lars Nord of Mid Sweden University used a survey and focus group interviews to explore and measure citizens’ views on user contributions in different parts of the journalistic process in Sweden. According to the results, the respondents do not … Continued


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VIDEO: Hyperlocal projects in Sweden

We interviewed Elizabeth Stur of Mid Sweden University, Asta Cepaite of Lund University and Lottie Jangdal of Mid Sweden University about their new project on hyperlocal media in Sweden. They are studying hyperlocal journalism entrepreneurs working in the countryside. The project started during the autumn in 2016. The researchers are aiming to follow local entrepreneurs … Continued