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

BOOK: Russian, Polish and Swedish journalists compared

Russian, Polish and Swedish journalists can be seen as members of a shared community, write Gunnar Nygren, of Södertorn University, and Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska, of University of Wrocław. They present the argument in the conclusion to a recently published anthology, also edited by Nygren and Dobek-Ostrowska, which details the findings of a large-scale comparative research on … Continued

REPORT: Updates on Swedish and Norwegian media

Newspaper industries in both Sweden and Norway are declining, recent statistics show. However, the Swedish newspaper industry has been able to break its fall by cutting losses and increasing subscription prices. Meanwhile in Norway, newspapers’ digital subscription profits are in a steep increase, yet still insufficient to cover its losses in print. The insights come … Continued

ARTICLE: Time, duration and liquid journalism

As journalism has migrated from offline to online platforms news production practices have undergone remarkable changes. Contemporary news production is characterized by flexibility and constant delivery of “liquid” news. In this article Andreas Widholm presents a method specifically designed for the study of constantly evolving news flows online. The article is based on an illustrative analysis of the … 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

ARTICLE: The case of Swedish gymnasts

In 2012 a Swedish newspaper published multiple articles criticising Swedish national level gymnastics for being abusive. In their newly published article Jonas Stier and Helena Blomberg take a look on this case and analyse the use of rhetorical resources in initiating and launching a social problem in media narratives. They found five narratives that pursue different or even … Continued

ARTICLE: Participation and community news

Participation plays an important role in contemporary journalistic discourse. New article by Eric Carlsson and Bo Nilsson explores the different meanings of participation in community news media and public service media in northern Sweden. Carlsson and Nilsson discus how the three key themes, participation as marketisation, participation and production, and participation and democracy contribute to the constitution of journalistic identities in a … Continued

ARTICLE: Professionalization or losing control?

A recently published article by Elin Gardeström problematizes the history of journalism education by following its development in Sweden. Gardeström analyzes how different forces interacted in the discussion surrounding journalism education before and after the educational program for journalists was established in late 1950s. What were the underlying conflicts in these discussions and debates? The history of journalism education is … Continued

ARTICLE: Swine flu and journalistic cultures

Coverage of a specific issue may reveal more general aspects of the place of journalism in a society, claim Alessio Cornia and Paolo Mancini of Università di Perugia, and Marina Ghersetti and Tomas Odén of University of Gothenburg. Their recent paper, titled The Partisans, the Technocrats and the Watchdogs: Domestication in media coverage of the swine flu pandemic in 2009, was published … Continued