Welcome to the 2021 summer issue of Nordicom's Nordic newsletter. Examples of content in this issue are the pandemic's consequences for the Nordic news media, an increasing media consumption in 2020, and a continued Nordic top position in the Digital News Report.
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The pandemic year 2020 slowed down the ongoing downturn for linear television in the Nordic region. For the first time in many years, total viewing time stabilised or increased, mainly explained by a sharp increase in the older age groups.
Finland has the highest overall trust in the news, and Norway has the most paying news subscribers. The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in fleeing advertisers and limited physical distribution, resulting in an economic crunch for many publishers and the acceleration of subscription and membership models. Nordic public service websites saw increasing usage. These are some of the findings from the Nordics in the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2021.
While revenues for local and regional news media are in decline, the opposite is true for TV and streaming services. In a new report about the Danish media industry, the Ministry of Culture sheds light on the development from 2016 to 2019.
A new Special Issue has just been published, entitled “Class in/and the media: On the importance of class in media and communication studies” The eight contributions to this special issue collectively focus on the relationship between media and class.
Once again four Nordic countries top the global list of press freedom. But in seven of ten countries in the world, free journalism is blocked, a situation worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The corona pandemic has had a major impact on the Nordic news media. At the same time as advertising revenues have fallen sharply, interest among the audience for professional news coverage has increased. This is shown by a new report that Nordicom has produced and which was presented at a webinar on 22 April.
Preliminary title: Everyday Life in the Culture of Surveillance. Editors: Coppélie Cocq, Jesper Enbom, Stefan Gelfgren, & Lars Samuelsson (all at Umeå University)
Which are the largest Nordic media companies? What challenges do the smallest Nordic media systems meet? And does the "Nordic model" really exist? Find out more in this year's first issue of Nordicom's Nordic newsletter.
Call for anthology chapters: Audiovisual content for children and adolecents in the Nordics: Production, distribution, and reception in a multi-platform era. Deadline for abstracts: 15 June 2021.