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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: 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


ARTICLE: Öresund region and horizontal Europeanisation

New article by Jesper Falkheimer, Mark Blach-Ørsten, Mads Kæmsgaard Eberholst and Veselinka Möllerström investigates the news content and news routines of Danish and Swedish news media covering the Öresund region. Öresund bridge connects Denmark and Sweden and the region can be considered an example of what is categorised as horizontal Europeanisation. The study is based on a content analysis … Continued


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


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ARTICLE: Freedom of expression facing challenges

Many changes in the media landscape are challenging freedom of expression, states a new article by Eva-Maria Svensson and Maria Edström of the University of Gothenburg. The article analyses different aspects of journalism, such as challenges for financing, pluralism and the weakening division between editorial and commercial content. The study focuses on Sweden, looking at … Continued