Cultural Journalism in the Nordic Countries

Redaktör(er): Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, Kristina Riegert

In an era when culture itself has become central to political debates, when boundaries between hard news and soft news, facts and opinion are dissolving, cultural journalism contributes to democratic discourse on vital issues of our time. Cultural journalism is furthermore indicative of journalistic autonomy and specialisation within media organisations, and of the intertwined relationship between the cultural and political public spheres. Nordic cultural journalism in the mainstream media covers more subjects today than ever before, from fine arts to gaming, media industries, and lifestyle issues. At the same time, it harbours debates and reflection on freedom of expression, ethnicity and national identity. This book contributes to an emerging international research agenda on cultural journalism at a time when digitalisation, convergence and globalisation are influencing the character of journalism in multiple ways.

“Cultural journalism matters, and it matters differently by location. This nuanced and thoughtful portrayal of cultural journalism in the Nordic countries performs a double elevation of what has been missing for too long from journalism’s discussion: its stylistic and geographic variety. This book offers a strong set of studies that highlight what cultural journalism in the Nordic countries forces us to consider about all journalism everywhere.”

Barbie Zelizer Raymond Williams Professor of Communication,
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Contents

Preface
Why Cultural Journalism in the Nordic Countries?
Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, Kristina Riegert
I. COUNTRY OVERVIEWS
The Changing Logics of Danish Cultural Journalism
Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, Unni From, Aske Kammer
From Culture Wars to Combat Games. The differentiation and development of culture departments in Finland
Heikki Hellman, Maarit Jaakkola, Raimo Salokangas
Cultural Rebels, Popular Journalism and Niche Journalism in Norway
Jan Fredrik Hovden, Leif Ove Larsen, Silje Nygaard
Cultural Journalism as a Contribution to Democratic Discourse in Sweden
Kristina Riegert, Anna Roosvall
II. COMPARATIVE CASE STUDIES
What Is Cultural News Good For? Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish cultural journalism in public service organisations
Heikki Hellman, Leif Ove Larsen, Kristina Riegert, Andreas Widholm, Silje Nygaard
Editorial and Cultural Debates in Danish and Swedish Newspapers. Understanding the terror attacks in Paris and Copenhagen in early 2015
Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, Anna Roosvall