A method for studying historical newspaper datasets

The study “A data-driven approach to studying changing vocabularies in historical newspaper collections” by Simon Hengchen from University of Gothenburg, Ruben Ros from University of Luxembourg, and Jani Marjanen and Mikko Tolonen from University of Helsinki created two-step method for studying the topic of nation and semantically related words. Although the concept of nation, nationhood … Continued

Construction of ‘the people’ on a Finnish right-wing alternative media website

New article “Who are you, the people” by Salla Tuomola of University of Tampere investigates a well-known Finnish right-wing populist website MV-lehti (“MV” being the initials of an expression in Finnish equivalent to “WTF” in English, and lehti means magazine), and how it constructs the concept of “the people” in its articles. The author mainly … Continued

Dimensions of media attention apparatus and terrorist acts

A new study “The Attention Apparatus: Conditions and Affordances of News Reporting in Hybrid Media Events of Terrorist Violence” by Niina Uusitalo  and Katja Valaskivi from University of Tampere conceptualizes news organization as a an attention apparatus through looking at news production in terrorist acts.  The empirical part of the study consisted of 33 thematic … Continued

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Finnish journalists experience interference in many forms

A new study by Ilmari Hiltunen of Tampere University and Aleksi Suuronen of Åbo Akademi University offers new empirical evidence on external interference in contemporary journalism, using Finland as a case example. The study employed two methods: statistical analysis and a survey of 875 Finnish journalists. Age and gender were only marginal factors in the … Continued

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ARTICLE: Online journalism rarely meets all audience expectations

When it comes to sourcing practices, online journalism often fails its audience’s expectations, a study from Finland suggests. Ville Manninen, of University of Jyväskylä, compared the expectations of young adult Finns to real-life sourcing practices in Finnish online journalism. An analysis of 36 news items from 3 newsrooms and 12 journalists revealed that, on average, … Continued

The state of media and communications policy in Finland – interview with Marko Ala-Fossi

VIDEO: The state of media and communications policy in Finland

Marko Ala-Fossi, Senior Lecturer at the University of Tampere talked to us about a recent report he has edited. The 356-page report, “The State of Media and Communications Policy and How to Measure It”, was commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland. It examines the state of Finnish media and communications policy. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Writing about asylum seekers is permeated by tension

Journalists find it valuable to tell asylum seekers’ personal stories in order to show that they are humans “like us”, but telling those stories is not easy, write Mervi Pantti and Markus Ojala, both of University of Helsinki. The authors interviewed 24 Finnish journalists experienced with the topic, representing a total of 14 national, regional … Continued

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ARTICLE: Political journalists differ from others, but not much

Do political journalists stand apart in how they perceive their job and its requirements? Jari Väliverronen, of University of Tampere, studied Finnish political journalists by analysing survey data gathered originally for the Worlds of Journalism study. Väliverronen’s data consisted of two survey samples: the first covered journalists in general (N=345) and the second targeted political … Continued

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ARTICLE: Do Finnish and Estonian media cower before Russia?

International news events are covered differently in different countries, but is it because of media logic or international relations? Titus Hjelm and Ülane Vaher, both of University College London, investigated the question by analysing 125 Estonian, Finnish and British news articles related to the so-called “Kohver case”. The Kohver case refers to a 2014 incident … Continued