ARTICLE: Codes of ethics not adapted to the rise of sponsored content

The current codes of ethics do not address sponsored content sufficiently, a new study states. The article by Pasi Ikonen and Vilma Luoma-aho of the University of Jyväskylä and Shannon A. Bowen of the University of South Carolina studied ethical guidelines from journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising. Sponsored content has gained popularity in the … Continued


CFP: How will future media be produced and regulated?

A workshop entitled “The Future of Media Content: Interventions and Industries in the Internet Era” is looking for paper proposals. The workshop is arranged by two ECREA sections, “Communication Law and Policy” and “Media Industries and Cultural Production”. The event will take place in Norwich, United Kingdom, on the 15th and 16th of September 2017. … Continued

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ARTICLE: UK reporters have not adapted to threats towards information security

Edward Snowden’s revelations and the acts in 2014 by the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police have brought the issues of source protection and information security close to the everyday practice of reporters. Paul Bradshaw of Birmingham City University investigated awareness and actions of regional journalists on information security issues. Author conducted 76 face-to-face surveys and 10 … Continued

ARTICLE: Nordic welfare and media subsidies

Media subsidies are not a neutral instrument, but rather a political tool for achieving certain policy objectives, writes Aske Kammer, of The IT University of Copenhagen. They also serve to correct media-market failures. The study explores the connection between the Nordic social-democratic welfare-state regime and the extensive public frameworks for media subsidies. The study claims … Continued


CFP: Media policy & political communication

Two workshops related to the 18th Nordic Political Science Congress (NoPSA) are now looking for papers. The workshops are titled “Communicating politics in the digital age” and “Media Policy and Digitalization”. They will be arranged sometime during the congress, between the 8th and 11th of August 2017. The event will take place in Odense, Denmark. … Continued

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ARTICLE: Global superplayers affect media diversity

The global platforms in search engines, content aggregation and social media are challenging long-standing regulatory systems of media. How can media pluralism be studied and assessed in the age of Facebook and Google? asks Helle Sjøvaag of the University of Bergen. The author writes that media diversity can be considered on five levels: structure, organisation, … Continued

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ARTICLE: Control of information and digital censorship in Turkey

Ruling elites in Turkey try to control the flow of information and to establish a relationship with digital intermediaries similar to their relationship with the mainstream media, states a new study. Power relations and the Turkish media environment are examined by Aras Coskuntuncel of the American University. The article analyses the relationship between the Turkish … Continued

Javnost issue on European media policy out

A special issue of the journal Javnost: The Public has been published. The issue is entitled “Normative Encounters in European Media Policy” and it is guest edited by Hannu Nieminen, of Helsinki University. It includes a total of seven, fresh off the press articles on the following topics: In their article Kari Karppinen, of University … Continued

Nordicom’s newsletter European Media Policy has been published

A new issue of Nordicom’s newsletter European Media Policy is out now. The newsletter includes news about policy developments at the European level, and in addition, some international news. The news cover themes such as data protection, hate speech and freedom of expression. Find and subscribe the newsletter here. Picture: data (scrabble) by Justin Grimes, licence: CC BY-SA … Continued