The national research journals in Norway and Finland have both released new issues during December. Norsk medietidsskrift 4/2017 cover themes such as religion, editorship and sources and Media & viestintä 3-4/2017 is a special issue on Truth, Lies, Media and Communication.
The digital competition puts pressure on the Nordic media companies – and on journalism. Nevertheless, large parts of the Nordic media industry are still profitable. These are some of the results from different studies, as reported in a new issue of Nordicom’s Nordic newsletter.
During Sweden’s presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, media issues will have an important place on the Nordic agenda. Focus will be on empowering children and young people as conscious media users and countering disinformation on the Internet.
Web TV, YouTube channels and plenty of moving images on social media: the use of online video has grown explosively in recent years. The autumn issue of the journal Nordicom-Information deals with different dimensions of video usage.
A new report from the Audiovisual Observatory deals with the European regulatory framework for advertising, sponsorship and product placement in the media. Focus is on the ongoing revision of the AVMS directive and what the future may hold.
Finland's Media Landscape and The Swedish Media Landscape – these are two books with the same concept, written by Nordic media researchers, and published almost simultaneously in Finland and Sweden. Both are examples of publications documented by Nordicom during 2017.
The advertising revenue of Icelandic media is now at half of its all-time high in 2007. Newspapers are still the single most important advertising medium in the country, retaining almost 50 per cent in 2015. This development is described in an analysis from Statistics Iceland.
The Swedish advertising market is growing, but the surplus goes mainly to Google and Facebook. The radio industry shows record results, while the TV industry faces increasing competition and the newspaper industry continues to lose revenues. These are some of the results found in a report on Swedish media economy in 2016.
After several years of decline the value of the Finnish media market grew slightly in 2016, with the strongest growth in online advertising. This is shown in Statistics Finland’s annual overview of the Finnish media market.
A new report from Freedom House shows that, in 2017, Internet freedom declined for the seventh consecutive year. Governments’ manipulation of social media is one explanation for this decline. Iceland and Estonia top the list of countries with high Internet freedom.
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