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Who Is a Nordic Media Researcher?

NordMedia Network is a platform dedicated to Nordic media researchers. The definition of Nordic media research involves three central, and not very simple, questions: What is "media research"? What does "Nordic" mean? And, finally, what counts as "research"?

Notes From a Manuscript Editor: How to Make Your Research More Discoverable

Once your article is published, the work isn’t over. There are several actions that can be taken by you, your editor, and the publisher to increase the discoverability of both you as a researcher and your publication.

Media Technology in Everyday Life: A Struggle and a Comfort

Media technologies can be a struggle for many. Two guest editors of a recent Nordicom Review special issue, Stine Liv Johansen and Martina Skrubbeltrang Mahnke, pinpoint that it is almost possible to opt out, but people can decide the extension and role that technologies play in their everyday lives.

Peer-Reviewed Perspectives into Nordic Media Research: The Danish Encyclopedia

The Danish researcher community can brag about a media and communication encyclopedia in their own language, consisting of over 600 entries altogether. We met the editors to discuss how to keep up with a rapidly changing research field.

Who Are the People Behind the Algorithms?

Jakob Svensson, Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Malmö University, is the author of a book just published by Nordicom. The title of the book is Wizards of the Web: An Outsider’s Journey into Tech Culture, Programming, and Mathemagics. Johannes Bjerling, editor at Nordicom, discusses the book with its author.

An Academy for All: A Mentorship Initiative for Early-Career Researchers

The national Swedish researchers' association FSMK is launching a mentorship initiative for early-career researchers who identify as women. According to the initiators – five professors – the programme is a response to needs identified in research on unequal career paths.

Binge-Watching and the Transformation of Quality Television

A recent Nordicom Review article looks back at the cultural consecration of serial television in Swedish newspapers and explores what the process reveals about the transformation of television in Sweden.

A (Love) Letter to Hackademics

Dear you who are working at the university as an "adjunct lecturer", "lecturer" or "university teacher": this is a letter for you. NordMedia Network wants to thank you for the hard work you've been doing in teaching, as it is widely known that you seldom receive letters of admiration at the end of the academic year.

How and Why Google Gives You Such a Hard Time

While accepting Google's terms itself is uncomplicated (just click “I agree”), understanding what one accepts is trickier. Bjarki Valtýsson, author of a recently published Nordicom Review article, talks about Google's terms post-GDPR.

Academic Summer Readings in Scandinavian Languages

Can you read media research in Scandinavian languages? This is for you – we plunged into some recent literature from the academic publishers in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Long-term Audience Work: Promoting the Research Published

A researcher's work does not stop where the work gets published. Today's scholars are increasingly expected to initiate and be involved in post-publication processes aiming at increased impact. We wanted to share some hints on how to do it wisely.

Correspondent on the Campus: More In-Depth Journalism on Science?

A Finnish newspaper placed a news correspondent at the campus. Does this imply quality science journalism and more in-depth coverage on research, or more promotion for the university? Is this a new innovation that more newspapers should follow?

A Good Peer Review: Hands-on Suggestions from Journal Editors

A well-written peer review can push a research article from being simply promising to publishable. How to do that? We asked the journal editors.

My PhD: Studying Political Communication in Iceland – in London

Jón Gunnar Ólafsson moved from a small state to a large state to study a small state. In the article series My PhD, he tells us how it was to study at Goldsmiths at the University of London.

Researching Celebrities in Digital Media: Interview with Helle Kannik Haastrup

NordMedia Network will begin a series of person portraits of the network members who are Nordic media research. The series is initiated with an interview with Helle Kannik Haastrup, a Danish scholar specialized in celebrity culture.

Academic Book Reviews – a Low-Rank Genre?

NordMedia Network launches an online resource to support the production of academic book reviews. Our point of departure: re-new the review! We suggest that book review is an overlooked genre with importance and relevance for many, and that it should be re-discovered.

Classless and Free? Special Issue Editors on Media and Class

What is it that makes us wince and avoid talking about class? The editors of an upcoming special issue of Nordicom Review put their minds together to discuss the concept of class in Sweden.

Beyond the Big Four: Media Systems in “the Other” Nordic Countries

Professor Ida Willig discusses how media system theory applies to the smaller Nordic Countries and autonomous regions, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Sápmi and Åland, based on the newly published special issue of Nordicom Review.

My PhD: Navigating Passion and Pressure in Academic Life

Two weeks before defending her PhD thesis, Johanna Arnesson was told by her doctor that she should go on sick leave. Unfortunately, studies show that she is not the only one in academia to suffer from health problems caused by unreasonable work-related expectations.

Exploring Doctoral Networks: Should There Be a Nordic One?

NordMedia Network's first webinar for doctoral students and junior scholars dealt with PhD students' networking skills. In attachment to this webinar an idea came up: why not start a Nordic doctoral students network?