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PUBLICATIONS | 14 Jun 2017

Being Old in the Age of Mediatization

Nordicom Review special issue A new special issue of Nordicom Review is out. This special issue examines media dynamics in the lives of older people and how these dynamics influence the perceptions of old age, ageing and older people.


NEWS | 12 Jun 2017

Media Pluralism Monitor Report 2016

The Media Pluralism Monitor has examined 30 European countries and finds that none of them is free from risks for media pluralism. The three Nordic countries in the survey – Denmark, Finland and Sweden – are reported as low-risk countries, but with warning signs due to a concentration in media ownership.

PUBLICATIONS | 12 Jun 2017

Cultural Journalism in the Nordic Countries

The role of cultural journalism has been important in the debates about freedom of expression, societal debate, and for journalistic autonomy and specialisation within media organisations. This new book, published by Nordicom, contributes to an emerging international research agenda on cultural journalism. 

NEWS | 12 Jun 2017

Rapid increase in media use among youth

Every other year, the Swedish Media Council conduct a survey, Ungar & Medier (Children & the media), that maps media use among children and youth in Sweden. The results from the 2016 survey show that the average time spent using media has increased rapidly during the last decade. Those youths that used to be classified as major consumers are more like today’s average consumers. 

NEWS | 19 May 2017

Women and men in the news 

The report “Women and men in the news”, made on behalf of the Nordic Council of Minister, shows that in all the Nordic countries women are clearly underrepresented in the news media both as news subjects and as sources of information and opinion. Furthermore, women and men are often represented in gender stereotypical ways. 

NEWS | 16 May 2017

Some results from the Media Barometer 2016

The Media Barometer 2016 shows that the use of media on the Internet is still increasing. For example, in 2016 we spent more time on social media as well as moving images on the Internet than 2015. However, despite the success of digital technology, it is important to emphasise that technology switches do not mean that the use of traditional media has decreased. Traditional radio and television are still the biggest media platforms.

NEWS | 15 May 2017

What should be done to improve the impact of media research beyond academia?

Nordic media professors replied to the question "What should be done to improve the impact of media research beyond academia?" to introduce this years first issue of Nordicom Information, that deals with the relationship between academia and the media industry. 

EVENT | 15 May 2017

NordMedia 2017

NordMedia 2017 conference in Finland is coming soon - deadline for papers is June 30.

NYHET | 9 May 2017

Call for chapters proposal: “Digital parenting"

The book Digital parenting: the challenges for families in the digital age focuses on the opportunities and challenges of digital media for families and changing parenting practices. 

NEWS | 9 May 2017

Norway: Continuing growth of online media use

Media use online is steadily increasing, according to data from the Norwegian Media Barometer 2016 survey. More Norwegians are reading the newspaper online, and streaming of both sound and video content is growing. At the same time, linear TV and radio remain at the same levels as the year before.

EVENT | 5 May 2017

Digital Culture and Society Conference in Shanghai

Every second year, the Nordic Center in Shanghai is arranging a conference, providing a forum for researchers and practitioners to meet. This year’s conference will take place on October 19 – 20, 2017 and the theme is “Digital Culture and Society".  As a member university, those affiliated with the University of Gothenburg gets a discount on the participation fee.  

NEWS | 3 May 2017

#Sipilägate and the break-up of the political bromance

Today, on the World Press Freedom Day, Nordicom is pre-publishing the article #Sipilägate and the break-up of the political bromance – Crisis in the relationship between Finnish media and politicians. 


NEWS | 2 May 2017

World Press Freedom Index 2017

Reporters Without Borders has published its annual Press Freedom Index. Four Nordic countries top the list, but Finland slipped down from its number one position to third place due to political pressure on the national public service company YLE. Seen to the world’s global score, media freedom is under threat now more than ever.

NEWS | 27 Apr 2017

Nordic voices on freedom of expression

A new booklet highlights the challenges to freedom of expression, from a Nordic perspective.  It is produced by the Nordic Journalist Centre for the Nordic Council of Ministers and available as open access.

NEWS | 20 Apr 2017

More fact-based media coverage of alcohol and drugs

To increase the understanding between the ways journalists and researchers work, the Nordic Welfare Centre has published Missbruk av fakta? Alkohol och droger i medierna [Misuse of facts? Alcohol and drugs in the media]. The aim of the publication is to make the media coverage of alcohol and drugs more fact-based and nuanced. 

NEWS | 18 Apr 2017

Denmark: Timetable for a new media agreement

The Danish Government has set a timetable for the next media policy agreement. Starting in May, citizens, the industry and politicians will be invited to discuss future media content, production and distribution. A new agreement is expected to enter into force at the turn of 2018/2019.

NEWS | 18 Apr 2017

Study visit from the Baltic states

Shaping networks and exchanging experiences, nationally and globally, is important for the work of Nordicom. This time, we hosted a study visit from the Baltic states on the theme of Media and information literacy (MIL). 

NEWSLETTER | 5 Apr 2017

New issue of Media Trends in the Nordic countries

The effects of digitalization run as a thread throughout this year’s first Nordic newsletter. Research shows how, in the highly digitalized Nordic countries, there is a great change in media use as well as the advertising markets and financing of journalism.

NEWS | 5 Apr 2017

Great uncertainty about fake news in Norway

According to a recent study conducted by the Norwegian Media Authority, more than half of the members of the Norwegian population report reading, weekly or more often, news that they perceive to be untrue. Almost a quarter also say that they have shared news that they later realized was fake. 

NEWS | 5 Apr 2017

Mapping media literacy in Europe

A new report by the European Audiovisual Observatory maps practices and actions aimed at encouraging media literacy in the EU28. Initiatives to develop critical thinking and initiatives related to media use are identified as the two main trends.