Doctoral Research 2022: What Did the New Nordic Doctors Study?
Climate change, artificial intelligence, algorithms and senior citizens' media uses – these are some of the topics of the new doctoral theses that were defended at the Nordic universities last year. In 2022, almost 60 doctoral theses were defended in the field of media and communication studies.
New Nordic Research: Making Sense of Climate Engagement in Social Media
Climate change is an important and complex issue, and social media play a key role in climate engagement. Many people are concerned about polarization, echo chambers and misinformation, but a recent study published in Nordicom Review adds to a more nuanced picture.
Trying to Get a Peek at Facebook’s Gatekeeping Power over News Distribution
In their article "Publishing, sharing, and spreading online news: A case study of gatekeeping logics in the platform era", the authors use a reverse engineering approach to study algorithmic gatekeeping in online news distribution.
Social Media and the Eternal Search for Authenticity
In a new article, Ida Roivainen from Tampere University argues that recurring representations of coffee articulate YouTube’s girlbosses as productive and ordinary entrepreneurs who seek belonging and meaning in life.
Will ChatGPT also Revolutionise Media Research?
OpenAI's new AI conversational bot, ChatGPT, has quickly gained popularity. The language model, which is based on GPT-3, has the ability to generate text and engage in conversations. In this text, the authors discuss potential implications such technology can have for media research.
The Media Systems Where Everyone Knows Everyone
In a new article, “Micro Media Systems”, Signe Ravn-Højgaard from the University of Greenland argues that we need to redefine scale when doing research in the smallest media systems – at least when trying to understand the effects of smallness not related to the small media market.
Call for Transparency About the Norwegian Media Authority's Role and Tasks
The recent proposal to discontinue the funding for Medianorway is an example of the lack of transparency about the development of Norwegian Media Authority's responsibilities and tasks, and it raises fundamental questions about what a supervisory authority should be.
A Guide to How Media Scholars Can Research Creativity
A new book provides theoretical framework for understanding and explaining creativity in media industries. The book is aimed at researchers, students and teachers who want a guide to how we can study and understand a complex phenomenon like creativity.
Why is it Important to Support Higher Education in Ukraine?
Professor Olena Malenko emphasises the social value of education, when answering the question of why we should support higher education in Ukraine.
It is Necessary to Support Higher Education in Ukraine
In the second article in the series, “Why should we support higher education in Ukraine?”, Alla Boiko reformulates the question, and provide answers to how we can, and why we should, support higher education in Ukraine.
Axiological Content of Higher Education Support in Ukraine
We have invited Ukrainian professors to share their views on the question “why should we support higher education in Ukraine?”. In this first publication of the series, Valentyna Kuryliak raises several philosophical questions, reflecting on the value of higher education in Ukraine.
Swedes Choose Professional News Media in Times of Crisis
News consumption increased sharply during the first year of the pandemic and shows no signs of abating, according to the 2021 Media Barometer from Nordicom, released earlier this year. After Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, Swedes' consumption of news has reached new record levels, according to preliminary results.
Unclear Description of AI in Danish Media
In the Nordic countries, the public debate about artificial intelligence has been going on for a long time. Now, new research from Denmark shows that the actual meaning of AI is still unclear.
A Student's Perspective: How I Solved My Exam About Ukraine
We have previously published the reason why a lecturer at KUC brought Ukraine into the classroom and made his journalism students cover the war. This text is about student Benedicte Wang's experience with that exam.
Nordicom Seeks Scientific Editor
Nordicom has a job opening for a scientific editor to join their editorial team. Read about Nordicom’s academic publishing operations and the vacant role, with contributions from the Nordicom editorial team.
Preparing Journalism Students for War - One Exam Made it Happen
Assistant Professor in journalism Jon Martin Larsen explains why he brought Ukraine into the classroom with second year bachelor students in journalism and made them cover the war themselves by source and talk with people in Ukraine
10 Things to Keep in Mind When Applying for Funding
It is easy to get lost in the academic jungle when funding hunting. That is why experienced research support at the University of Bergen wanted to make an easily graspable list of what they believe are some crucial points when applying for funding.
Yle, Finnishness and Culture - Hundred Years of Interaction
Several universities and Yle are launching an extensive research project on Yle's relationship with Finns. In this text Yle's public service director Ismo Silvo presents the project and the idea behind it.
Recommended Reports for Summer Reading
While frail Nordic skin is challenged with never-ending burning rays of the summer sun, we believe the academic mind is best challenged with some well written reports relevant to the media and communication connoisseurs of the north.
Are You Happy with Your h-Index?
Grant and recruitment committees are increasingly showing interest in individual researchers' h-index, as a measure of the impact of one's research. As a media researcher, should you care about the H-word?