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BOOK: Media, margins and civic agency

A new book edited by Einar Thorsen, Daniel Jackson, Heather Savigny and Jenny Alexander takes a look at media, politics and power. The focus is on citizens at the margins: how they are empowered or disempowered by the media. The book wades through issues such as citizen and extremist voices, the role of media policy … Continued

ARTICLE: Active audience

Due to the changes caused by online communication and social media, the media audience is often described as an active one. Janne Matikainen and Mikko Villi study the Finnish media audience’s attitudes toward participation, content generation and distribution in the online environment. The focus of this article is on the attitudes of the audience. How does … Continued

REPORT: Sweden’s Media Barometer published

Nordicom-Sweden’s Media Barometer 2014 is now published. The Media Barometer provides data on the access to and use of different media types in the Swedish population. The Barometer measures actual contact with the public and the aim is to provide serial data that describe trends and changes in people’s media use. There is also a specific … Continued

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ARTICLE: Witnessing conflicts digitally

Digital witnessing of conflicts breaks with the professional monopoly of the journalist and becomes a complex site of struggle, states Lilie Chouliaraki of London School of Economics and Political Science. Mediatized death is in the spotlight of this article published in Information, Communication & Society. Chouliaraki studies how the status of the death spectacle and … Continued

ARTICLE: Audience research about alternative journalism

A newly published study by Tony Harcup explores what prompts people to become members of the audience for alternative forms of journalism. It is said that alternative forms of journalism challenge the passive role of audience members as receivers and to foster active citizenship. There is also some evidence that individuals are attracted to alternative … Continued

ARTICLE: The impact of “Mood meter” on consumers’ attitudes

“Participating in a mood meter may attenuate positive responses to human-interest stories” claim Jessica Gall Myrick and Bartosz W. Wojdynski. A newly published study examined the effects of the presence and valence of a “mood meter” posted alongside an online human-interest story. The results show that the presence of a mood meter generally led to lower attitudes toward and … Continued

ARTICLE: Climate frames, political commentaries and the moral police

Nordicom Review 36:1 has just been published. The issue opens with editor Ulla Carlsson‘s introduction and parting words – Carlsson has been involved with the Review since its beginning in Spring 1981. Read her parting words here, in pdf. In the first article, Mette Bengtsson of University of Copenhagen investigates political commentary in scholarly literature. Bengtsson suggests a two-dimensional … Continued

ARTICLE: More climate change news in UK than US media

Media interest toward the International Panel for Climate Change’s (IPCC) reports was stronger in the United Kingdom than in the United States, write Saffron O’Neill, Hywel Williams, Bouke Wiersma, Tim Kurz, all of University of Exeter, and Maxwell Boykoff, of University of Colorado-Boulder. The team analyzed the stories related to the IPCC reports in ten … Continued

Research grants for symbolic warfare, and inequality

Helsingin Sanomat Foundation has announced its newest grantees, two of which will go toward journalism research. Katja Valaskivi, of University of Tampere, received a grant of 140 000 euros for a research going by the title Je Suis Charlie. Symbolic Warfare and Struggle over Attention . It seeks to study how the dynamic between traditional … Continued