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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


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ARTICLE: Election campaigns mobilize both news users and avoiders

There are no clear differences in to what extent “news seekers” and “news avoiders” are mobilized by election campaigns, Jesper Strömbäck, of University of Gothenburg, writes. Strömbäck conducted a four-wave panel survey with 2 281 Swedes in 2014, when both parliamentary and europarliamentary elections were held in Sweden. It was Strömbäck’s assumption that the increased … Continued


ARTICLE: Changing news topics in newspaper websites

Article by Michael Bo Karlsson, of Karlstad University, explores the tabloidization effect in Sweden and in United Kingdom. The study is based on a week-sized sample of six news sites during 2002, 2007 and 2012 and it covers news sites within tabloid, quality morning, and local/regional varieties. Results show that there is an overall tabloidization … Continued


ARTICLE: The upper class does not exclusively read high-brow news

Individuals with more cultural capital are not necessarily “snobbish” but rather “omnipotent” in their news consumption, write Jonas Ohlsson and Sofia Arkhede, both of University of Gothenburg, with Johan Lindell, of Karlstad University (names not in original order). The authors analysed the survey results from a 2014 national survey on Swedes’ opinions, demographics and lifestyles. … Continued