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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


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


REPORT: Swedish media in a continued change

A new edition of MediaSverige, a statistical overview of Sweden’s media is now available. This year’s MediaSverige is a simple presentation, consisting mainly of statistical tables and short introductions to different media sectors. Among other things, the statistics show how the advertising revenue distribution continues to shift from print to digital. Ad revenues for newspapers … 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


ARTICLE: Harrassment threats journalistic autonomy

As a third of the Swedish journalists have received threats and majority have received insulting comments, intimidation and harassment have become a common element of journalists daily work, write Monica Löfgren Nilsson and Henrik Örnebring According to the article the intimidation and harassment of journalists can be categorized as exclusionary or inclusionary. Exclusionary violence is meant to prevent … 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