ARTICLE: Simple crisis, user images, and creativity

A new issue of the open access journal Media & viestintä has been published. The generalist journal is published by the Finnish Association for Media and Communication Studies. Its articles are in Finnish, but English summaries are provided. Here’s our take on what’s interesting, in terms of journalism scholarship, in the current issue. Timo Harjuniemi, … Continued


ARTICLE: Sámi minority news spark identity debates

Comments on the Finnish public broadcaster’s (YLE) Sámi minority news radio station always turn to identities, write Terttu Kortelainen and Anni-Siiri Länsman, both of University of Oulu. The authors analyzed the comments on YLE Sápmi radio station’s webpage and on its Facebook page. Their aim was to find out which news gathered the minority audience’s … Continued


ARTICLE: Trust for government hardly swayed by media

News media has little effect on the audience’s trust in their government, write Andrea Ceron, of University of Milan, and Vincenzo Memoli, of University of Catania. The authors used the data from 27 EU countries, compiled in the Eurobarometer surveys. They compared the audience’s news consumption habits, their opinions of their respective governments, and the … Continued


REPORT: Ever older Swedes use online newspapers

The use of online newspapers among late middle-aged Swedes is increasing, the preliminary results from an upcoming survey reveal. The Media Barometer is an annual survey, the full results of which are expected to be published in May or June. The increase of internet use in older demographics is due to the natural ageing of … Continued


ARTICLE: Economic news affect public’s expectations

News on economy, especially in times of downturn, affect the audience’s expectations of future economic prospects, writes Juliane Lischka, of University of Zürich. The author studied thousands of news pieces from three German television channels and one tabloid newspaper. Lischka compared the tone, volume and consonance of the news to economic indicators and public expectations, … Continued


CFP: Audience in contemporary mediascape

ECREA Audience and Reception Studies Conference is looking now for submissions. The event’s title is “Audience research in a ‘post-media’ age? Reflections on media-centric and non-media centric approaches to researching audiences in the 21stcentury”. It will take place in Tartu, Estonia, between the 25th and 27th of June. The conference welcomes papers on a wide … Continued



ARTICLE: Irregular immigration in news, a comparison

The journal American Behavioral Scientist has published a collection of online-first articles dealing with irregular immigration and media. The collection features five original articles, each with a comparative take on the subject. The researched countries are France, Norway and the United States. Following are short summaries of the articles.   Tine Ustad Figenschou, of University … Continued


ARTICLE: Faces of victims and killers alike get forgotten

People usually don’t recognize the faces of murder victims, even if the case was widely publicised, write Michael Brookes, David Wilson, Elizabeth Yardley, Mohammed Rahman, Sophie Rowe, all of Birmingham City University. The authors showed 103 UK residents photos of both victims and their murderers to gauge how well the subjects could recall the people … Continued


Mapping of right-wing media critique about to launch

A new research project on the media critique presented by right-wing populists is in the making. Kristoffer Holt, of Linnaeus University, presented the results of a pilot study in the same vein in late January. The event, an European Union funded COST Early Stage Researchers Think Tank, was held in Zürich. Holt studied the strains … Continued